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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

Interesting thoughts on the CC. Typically it will be only my wife and I, and we are not imagining a lot of company except immediately after the initial purchase. We love to cook so the galley is probably more important than the salon. That being said, we plan to live aboard so the salon will certainly be used often.
The constant battle in my head I am sure is a common one. Size vrs. amenities. Smaller boat with more upgrades, or a larger, simpler boat with the intent of upgrades as we go.
We have never lived aboard before but I suppose in the end budget and the wifes will shall dictate, but in the meantime any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Keep sharing those humble opinions...
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

Why not have both, aft and center cockpit? My client does.
That's just a soft dodger you see over the CC companionway.
This boat is currently being finished at Pacific Seacraft in N. Carolina.
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

In the end just get the boat you like best and forget about all the "differences" as no matter what you always trade something for something else and all you are going to do is make yourself insane.
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

Looks VERY much out of my budget bobperry. Nice boat though. may I have a wealthy unknown relative who will pass and leave me their inheritance. In the meantime...

Thanks Don. May be the best advice all day!
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

There are several threads already about this subject:

Center Cockpit Versus Aft Cockpit

Popularity of center cockpits?

I will say about it what I have said previously:


The biggest advantage of a center cockpit is the space on the back cabins, I mean in height and in illumination. The disadvantages are a higher freeboard more windage if the boat is smaller than 60ft and a much smaller cockpit, one where, unless the boat is very big, you will not have space for laying down at night while at watch and will not be able to receive a very limited number of guests.

On boats with less than 50ft it is really too much in what regards performance, I mean the interior space on the main cabin is very good but it comes clearly in prejudice of the sailing performance and boat looks.

Also CC tend to have narrower passages on the deck along the cabin and that can make a lt more difficult to go forward.

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 37/40ft boat...but certainly that has nothing to do with a sailing advantage.

The motion will also be worse since you are much higher regarding the CG, more near on the vertical but the truth is that most of the time cruising boats are sailed on autopilot and if you will seat on a aft cockpit near the cabin that advantage will disappear.

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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

The galley on the 36CC could NOT be beat. It was an alley galley, at least 10 feet long with cupboards and drawers towards the middle of the boat and a drop in fridge/freezer, double sink, and two burner stove towards the outside of the boat. Go to yachtworld and search for beneteau 36 CC and look at the pictures.

The galley on the 36CC put the galley on the new Jeanneau 439 to shame. That is one of the reasons we didn't go for the Jeannea. The galley on our new Catalina (which is aftcockpit, btw) is quite nice with a seperate freezer, but from a counter space/storage, it is NOT bigger than the 36CC galley. Comparable, but definitely not bigger.
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

CC v AC are solutions, not requirements. Think about what you want from a boat and then look for boats that meet those needs.

In my case I wanted a boat that was solid in heavy weather, reasonably fast in light air, didn't require crawling over one another to go the head in the middle of the night, let us enjoy cooking and eating, and gave me a (small) office space to function in. Much to my surprise I ended up with a CC. Seven years downstream I could not be happier.
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

Nice to hear SVA.
My wife & both will be working form the boat, so while performance is always wanted, living/working space takes precedents over speed, guests & entertaining. Also taking in that we wish to stay married, an aft cabin with a bit of space may make the living working combo a bit more tolerable. My wife dabbles as a chef so cooking is more important than than the type of settee we end up with. What is it you sail? So far I really like the CSY 44 as well as the Gulfstars. Seem to be solid and a good value for the money. Yes I realize they are not the TODAY boat, but we tend to be old school in most ways anyway.
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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center

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What is it you sail? So far I really like the CSY 44 as well as the Gulfstars. Seem to be solid and a good value for the money. Yes I realize they are not the TODAY boat, but we tend to be old school in most ways anyway.
I have a Hallberg-Rassy 40.

The CSY 44 and Gulfstars are very comfortable boats. Beneteau made a bunch of CCs that are comfortable boats although cooking offshore wasn't nearly as much fun as at anchor. You might look at Hylas and IP as well although IP performance to windward isn't great. Moody has some great boats also that might be interesting.
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Why not have both, aft and center cockpit? My client does.
That's just a soft dodger you see over the CC companionway.
This boat is currently being finished at Pacific Seacraft in N. Carolina.
... and it fits the OP purchase budget of $70K? If so, I'll take one!
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