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Old 03-15-2012
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Re: Center Cockpit Versus Aft Cockpit

It's been touched on here but deserves emphasis I think. CC boats excel in the area of interior comfort, space, privacy etc. The liveaboard qualities. They frequently have exceptional engine rooms as well.

Where they come up short is stowage. I have never seen a CC boat that had anything close to adequate stowage, let alone a GOOD amount of it. Take a look at the CC boats on YW and take note of the number of substantial deck boxes on them.

Every CC boat I have known was optimized for maximum living space at the cost of significant sailing practicalities - where does the bagged spinnaker go? Spare or small jib? Where do you stow spare sheets & docklines? shore power cords? Paddles for the dinghy? Crab trap? Etc. etc.

To me, that is the single biggest factor that has to be taken into account when deciding if one is suitable for your intended use.
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