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Re: Aft head boats

Yeah, a folk boat is very different design and concept. The 28-2 isn't only 2' longer, it is also 2' wider and probably has 1' more freeboard. We moved up from a Catalina 25 (which already feels a bit bigger than a folk boat), and the 28-2 is a big 3' jump from our old boat.

I like sailing the classic boats too, but like this size for cruising on. I would probably need a 32+ boat (with increased maint costs) in those designs to have similar space. Luckily I have friends with other styles of boats and can go out with them too.

Although it looks tubby it doesn't sail too tubby and is just as fun for me as any boat that I've been on. It is well balanced and so far it has handled nicely in chop and swells. I'm still getting used to having a wheel, but like the cockpit space that it opens up.
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Re: Aft head boats

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Opposite of the aft head, and also pretty neat - the bow head. And it includes a shower. I've never seen one of these but it seems like a neat option to create the largest open space possible in a 25' boat.
I agree. It makes good use of space that has limited head room, and shouldn't be loaded with a bunch of stuff. But, like others have pointed out, could be a wild ride at sea... and there is the fart factor to consider.
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I agree. It makes good use of space that has limited head room, and shouldn't be loaded with a bunch of stuff. But, like others have pointed out, could be a wild ride at sea... and there is the fart factor to consider.
Put a cowl vent over it and simply head downwind if you have to sit down.
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Re: Aft head boats

My 31 footer has the head in the back corner of the wheelhouse. Love it! While ass ended to the throne, I can see forward, thru the wheelhouse windows. When I had a traditional head, before converting to the composter, the top of the bowl was above the waterline, and couldn't sink the boat.
Putting the head in the stern lets me leave the rest of the interior layout, wide open, unbroken by a head compartment in the middle.
Heads facing fore and aft are far more comfortable than those facing athwartships, when the boat is well heeled.
Wide sterns make for poor hull balance, and reduce directional stability. Deep centrelines aft improve hull balance and directional stability.

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Re: Aft head boats

We sailed aboard a Shannon 28 for fifteen years, living aboard eight months a year for the first three years. The aft head was exceedingly comfortable even when going to weather in the short, steep waves that the Great Lakes are notorious for.

If you're looking for a small boat capable of going anywhere in reasonable comfort, the Shannon 28 is an excellent choice. In 1981, seventy-three year old Monk Farnham completed a 5-week transatlantic crossing from Maryland to England aboard his Shannon 28 #10 Seven Bells and earned a place in the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest person ever to singlehand across any ocean.
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Re: Aft head boats

Mirage 30 has aft head, nicely laid out boat.
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Re: Aft head boats

Hunter 36' - not classic yet, definitely plastic, single head portside at bottom of stairs.
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Re: Aft head boats

Older generation Catanas (>20yo) have aft heads

Gotta say, it's nice to step through a cabin door to get to the engines, rather than having to lift off some cowling or drop through a hatch...
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Re: Aft head boats

There do seem to be a lot of aft head boats out there! Here is a list, so far, mostly from this thread. I'm sure there are a ton more. These are monohulls 30-38' that have only one head. And are not newer than say 1990. These aren't all blue water boats as in my OP.

Beneteau 331, 361
Catalina 270, 28, 320, 34
C&C Landfall 35, 38
Com-Pac 27-2, 35
Elite 364
Ericson (Olson)34, 34-2, 38-200
Freedom 32
Hunter 36
Irwin 38cc
J-28
Jeanneau:
Arcadia
Attalia
Aquila
Fantasia
Selection
Sunlight
Sunrise
Sunway

Mirage 30
Niagra 35
Pacific Seacraft 31, Dana 24
Pearson 28-2, 32-200, 33-2, 38
Sabre 32(Tricabin), 38
Shannon 28
Van de Sandt 34
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Re: Aft head boats

Although derided by many "boat snobs" my 32' bayliner buccaneer has one head stearboard at foot of companionway in shower. and another in the aft cabin as it is a center cockpit.
6' of headroom .
after 7-8 years sailing between NY and FL I am quite happy with it.
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