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Re: Pilothouses (good for wife?) bright and airy

Some time back we had regular here (TrueBlue ?) who owned a Nauticat 33 with his wife. I'm going on my somewhat dodgy memory here but that memory tells me they eventually sold her (the boat not the wife) because she (the wife not the boat) found the motion intolerable when on deck, the aft deck/cockpit being so high. Of course not all pilot house yachts have that problem.

There are some seriously lovely deck saloon/pilot houses from Scandinavia that are horrendously expensive and very rare outside of Europe but of the more commonly known Ted Brewer's 40'er (e.g JRD's ride), Bob Perry's Baba 40 and the Dehler DS41 are amongst my favorites. In a warm climate all that glass is a negative and here a fully enclosable cockpit is probably more apt.

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Re: Pilothouses (good for wife?) bright and airy

TDW beat me to it, Pilot houses are great for cooler climes and inclement weather. Where I live on the Gulf Coast a cockpit enclosure works well for cool/rainy weather and on warm days you can leave the bimini up for shade but get lots of breeze with the enclosure off. I think I would only get a pilot house boat if there were opening windows and inside controls.

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