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Re: Pilothouse Cruisers
I know this is an old thread, but thought I would chime in for others down the road who search as I did. When we choose the 300 MS, we were looking for a good Loop boat that can also sail. I have owned a OI 33 before, and knew adding a pilot house to the OI could only make things worse, so that was out (Don't get me wrong, I never hated the boat as floating condo it met my needs at the time). Draft was huge consideration, and that takes a lot of boats out of contention. I am really happy with the boat. I was really surprised how well it actually does sail, and 10-15 knots is where she really shines.
After many years at the helm exposed to the elements of nature, I was truly in love with the idea of a pilothouse, and even happier with the reality of having one. There was once a time when I was a purist and would shun the idea of a pilothouse, but we all have to grow up sometime.
For the other question about the helm. There is really no need for two on the CD 300 as the boat really is more of a hard dodger with a bulkhead wheel. You can have a tiller made if you prefer to sail that way.