Paolo, on my Jeanneau 45.2 my bimini had two lexan windows which allowed me to look at sail trin from either of the helm positions. Worked very well and had sun shades when not needed. The harken traveler was on the coach roof - which never bothered me as a quick touch on the autopilot let me go forward and adjust it.
Reading all your posts, I get the impression that you are a little conflicted
- planing hull for downwind speed versus a fine hull which goes better to windward. The same goes for comfortable cruising versus a boat designed for racing
So many compromises!
Hi, and welcome to the thread,
Lexan windows are an improvement but will never give you the same view as nothing in between and besides they will not make shade, letting the sun coming in.
Yes, you are right about the compromises but wrong in thinking that I don't know what are my compromises. After all this years, a lot of boat testing and some comprehension of basic boat design principles, I know them very well, including price and the type of boat that best suits them
But that does not mean that I do not understand that for other sailors, different priorities are more important and therefore finish with a different ideal boat, like yourself.
We all want a boat that sails well and a comfortable boat. The question here is how well do you want it to sail and how comfortable do you want it to be and what is more important on that compromise?
Between a boat designed for racing and a boat designed for casual sailing while cruising but maximizing comfort for all including the skipper, there is a full range of choices for the ones that value cruising but to whom the pleasure of sailing is more important than maximum comfort.
There is no RIGHT boat in what concerns cruising boats, just the right boat to each sailor and that means a huge variety of cruising boats. The market is a reflex of that.
My choice is not even the more radical one in what regards comfort among the ones that post on this thread. Others have chosen more "radical" approaches (faster sailing) and they sail with the family that at least in one of the cases also like to have fun while sailing and they do not race or intend to race.
By the way, it is PAULO, not Paolo,