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Re: Aft Cockpit vrs Center
We have a 42' CC. Full time coastal cruising.
weve had many many couples aboard from mid 40 foot AC boats who were drooling over the space, layout and visibility of our boat. Not just being polite, serious.
weve seen many AC boats with horrible helm visibility. Sight lines thru the dodger was very limited. Seating at the helm was crude and uncomfortable with no back support for sitting at the helm for hours.
I often look at boom height of our boat vs AC boats of similar size and see no appreciable difference
Our cockpit entry and egress is easy. I see most AC boats with much more tricky access into the cockpit from the deck, especially with a full enclosure. Some are downright difficult. Docking is very easy when you are in the center of the boat and can see all 4 corners plus the easy in/out of the cockpit makes grabbing a line much easier.
if you are doing long offshore runs in heavy weather maybe the AC is a better choice. You dont sound like you are doing that. And docking/windage? Any boat with a full enclosure will have similar windage. A full enclosure on a CC is much simpler and easy to set up for opening and screening.