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.
Big change in our status. we have decided that we cannot safely (in my mind) leave South Africa this season allowing for the time needed for my hand to recover from its injury. All typing is right-handed at this point. We will leave Ainia in SA and head north and west in the early southern summer ~Oct/Nov?
You can check OnAinia.blogspot.com for updates on our travels whenever I get around to it.