Originally Posted by donradclife
I am not sure that all the design changes in modern Euro boats are for the better. The big windows with pointed (stress concentrator) ends in the Euro boats are a design flaw in heavy weather, as well as making the boat too hot in the tropics.
I heard this argument often. I am not sure if this a valid concern or just hearsay. With today technology and engineering design. Making a big window on sailboat can stand the crashing wave is not too difficult. I am sure Beneteau, Jeanneau or others have tested theirs. When I examine the windows on these boats, they are flush and smooth. More importantly. When the wave crashing down, the boat will yield.
As for big window, it gets harder. If someone has money to buy a new sailboat, he can not be so dumb. I am sure he can figure it out a simple solution to get it under control.
It boils down personal preferences. It is not a design fault. I for one would not like to stay in a saloon like a dark basement full old dark smelly wood furniture. I like a lively saloon that reminds me that I am in a sailboat.
I would like to hear if anyone experiences or hears any report window/port hole failures.