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Does anyone have any thoughts on this new design?
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Very interesting boats to be sure and I certainly like the idea of the cuddy. With Shannon it would be very well built and priced accordingly. Really like the choice of rigs. The schooner one is intriguing for sure.

While in general I like the boat, I have some comments based on 20,000 miles offshore in the last couple of years.
- since so many passages are made in the trade winds you probably would still need canvas at the aft end of the cuddy to keep the spray and wind out. These could roll up easily
- for my wife, the lack of a double berth in the 46 would be deal breaker (ignoring the money!); surely you should be able to put a decent double berth (something like the 52 has) in a 46 footer.
- I would make the nav area smaller for starters. We have gorgeous, large chart table but is much underused (and yes, we have at least a could hundred paper charts on board to backup the electronics). For the number of times we used the paper charts they could go on the saloon table
- what is the point of having two heads in a boat that is clearly designed for a couple?
- hull sheer is lovely and I like the overall appearance of the boat except for the cuddy windows; I imagine they could do a different shape for you though

Overall I prefer the 52 to the 46. I think it looks better, has the double, and they did not think it necessary to have a separate nav area in the bigger boat.
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All Shannon interiors are custom so they could eliminate one head - I would want this as well. And from the description below there is a solid closure for the cuddy.
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The sliding door is between the cuddy and the interior. I was thinking about between the cuddy and the cockpit - there is a weatherboard which I assume folds up from the sole to keep water from sloshing forward, but it would be nice to have something there to close off the cuddy when necessary (perhaps that just makes it more like part of the interior and defeats the purpose).

Interesting the comment about the bimini after the rationale was given that the cuddy eliminates the need for dodger and bimini (half right I guess).

I assumed that you could get the interior customized to some extent but it seems odd to want this, to my eye, awkward interior to be seen in the initial advertising.
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