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Re: deck-saloon yachts safe in storm?
A modern deck saloon should in most if not all circumstances be as reliable a yacht as not. Reality is that there's no good reason why a deck saloon's windows should not be as strong as the surrounding structure. When a lot of those old warnings against big windows in sailing craft were issued construction techniques and building materials were very different indeed.
If your intention was to non stop circumnavigate then sure, a DS may not be your weapon of choice but for almost anything else you should be good.
On a personal level I adore the deck saloon concept but for Australia those big windows allow a tadge too much heat buildup in the cabin and that is why we don't own one. If I lived in Canada, DS, no risk.
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Last edited by tdw; 05-14-2012 at 07:08 PM.