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post #3 of Old 09-05-2009
killarney_sailor
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Also causes a problem on deck

We looked at several aft cockpit/aft cabin boats (a Hylas 42 (or 43), a Swan 43 come to mind) and they had another problem on deck. The companionway entrance was not at the front of the cockpit. There was a substantial bridge deck of sorts in between. The bridgedeck is needed to give standing headroom in the aft cabin. In a couple of cases the distance was 3 to 4 feet. I could see no way that you could have a dodger that would protect the companionway and the cockpit. One boat actually had two dodgers, a small pram hood over the companionway a full width dodger protecting the cockpit. To go below you would need to go on deck from the cockpit and go around the dodger - at best inconvenient and at worst dangerous. This is a major reason why we now have a center cockpit boat.

Finishing our major refit. Our trip to Newfoundland is off because it is too late. Hoping to go to the North Channel instead.
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