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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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