1) A pilothouse with no wheel. The nav station, 360 degree views, and a raised saloon are awesome but why is there no way to steer the ship away from the elements (except via autopilot)?
A couple of the nicest pilothouse yachts I've been on didn't have a helm station in the house. It's only going to affect docking, otherwise you're on autopilot
. I'm guessing Hinckley will put a wheel where you want it if you're writing the check. Where there's money, there's a way.
2) There seems to be a lot of lost bilge space in the aft of the boat underneath the cockpit and pilothouse versus a center cockpit designed boat.
Hard to say. Depends on mechanical access, etc...
3) Visibility while at the helm over the pilothouse
Do you know of any pilot house that this isn't somewhat of an issue?
4) Would putting a windvane on a Hinckley be akin to defacing a national monument?
If you want a windvane, put one on. Which would you suggest to be most effective on a 60+ foot boat? That's the real issue.
5) Why are the two headsails on this cutter so far apart?
Are you confusing a cutter rig
with a sloop w/ a solent headstay? It's also a very tall rig
on a big boat.
IMHO, 60' is the size of boat that one needs to have nearly a full time boat manager/skipper/boat maintenance worker. It's beyond the realistic realm of even a very well heeled couple to maintain this size of boat themselves. They'll also be completely reliant on complex electrical and hydrolic systems to sail. This is a boat for a wealthy small family, a pro skipper, and a steward/stewardess. Nice boat though... just not a simple live aboard.