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Re: Center Cockpit Versus Aft Cockpit
I'm constantly surprised by how well our Malo keeps moving in very light air. While not suggesting she'd keep up with the Salonas of this world she still slips along quite nicely. The newer Malos/HRs/Najads etc, would I'm sure be even better.
Ours, being the 'classic' version has the extended aft deck that makes for relaxing out of the cockpit, fishing, bbqing and the like. Nice compromise though I still think the advantages of a swim platform and/or open stern cockpit cannot be over stated.
As per previous post in another thread, if we were to change boats one of the HR CCs would be definitely be on the list either 43 or 48. Not at all sure though that I want or need such a big boat, 42 is for me a lot of boat but yes, I wouldn't mind that island aft berth.
However you look at it though, an aft cockpit is almost/always more handsome than centre. Check out Bob Perry's Norseman 447. One of the best looking CCs, certainly of its time but the AC is still the serious looker.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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