Originally Posted by tdw
Fabulous looking things no doubt and apparently wonderful sailing boats but for cruising I cannot see how that companionway arrangement could be anything other than impractical, not to say annoying. It is virtually impossible to rig a dodger that will provide the helmsman with any real protection and clambering up and down that ladder would drive me crazy.
It is all a matter of preferences, I suppose. One thing that can be said for the companionway system is that it is extremely safe, in that it is extremely unlikely to be flooded. I never found it to be a burden and it is part of what allows for such an ample aft cabin. I will concede that the dodger is small and does not offer as much protection from the helm as some other designs, but that is part of what gives it its unique and sleek Swan look. And I can stay dry by steering the boat by way of a handheld control for the autopilot that is located at the companionway. I assume the 44 has that feature as well.