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Re: Solid/Bluewater Center Cockpit with modern interior?
I visited the Southerly factory (which is near Chichester in the UK) and stood in the latest, part-built 420 (I think hull no. 6) -- very much worth a closer look. It is a great looking boat, built with superb quality and craftsmanship, and is very well laid out: deck saloon, huge aft cabin, walk in engine room, etc., etc., etc..
I have chartered an aft cockpit Southerly 42RST a couple of times, which is a similar design: they sail very well with a deep swing keel and careful weight distribution and are especially well set up for short-handed crew: fractional rig, self-tacking jib, electric winch for lines run to the cockpit, etc.
The 420 is quite an expensive design (more so than the 42RST); its front saloon windows are bespoke (custom) made with a complex curves, which to me is a rather excessive, fussy detail, but the overall result is good, aesthetically.
A 420 (that hull) will be on display at the 2014 Southampton boat show. (And I plan to visit).
Unfortunately, I could not justify the price tag... just yet.