Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Moderator, can you make this a new thread?
These boats were built with the emphasis on sailing performance and quality construction - designing to offer dock-condo comforts was not on the list, so they put the traveller where they thought it worked best. Not sure about the boat you posted but the one we looked at had about a four foot wide bridge deck between the cockpit well and the companionway. This was done to get an aft cabin (we also saw it on a Hylas 42 and perhaps on all aft cockpit boats of this size with an aft cabin), but it was a real problem for fitting a dodger - you would need to have the dodger close to the cockpit to be effective but this would mean that you would have to go out on deck to go below, which seems neither convenient nor safe. You would also need a little pram hood dodger for the companionway. Also, because the companionway was at the top of the deck crown there were a lot of steps (9 or 10) into the cabin. I think this is why where are so many center-cockpit boats in this size range.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
Last edited by Faster; 02-11-2012 at 12:25 PM.
Reason: created new thread as requested