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Re: Center Cockpit Versus Aft Cockpit
The advantage of a center cockpit is the space on the back cabins, I mean in standing height. The disadvantages are a higher freeboard and more windage if the boat is smaller than 60ft.
On boats with less than 50ft it is really too much, I mean the space is very good but it comes clearly in prejudice of the sailing performance.
As always it is a question of compromises: If you really want/need that space and are more living on the boat than sailing then we can even justify that in a 37ft boat...but certainly that has nothing to do with a sailing advantage.