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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.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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