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Re: Critique This Cockpit
WOW! The responses have been better than expected! If I were a boat builder or designer, I would take critiquing like this and use it to better my boats. So much thought put down here! You made me really take a hard look at what, on first look, just looked like a beautiful cockpit to me.
For those of you who guessed Alden, you're right. It's a 2002 Alden 43. The photo first caught my eye with the outboard seats. I tried to imagine being at the helm and sitting in them. They looked practical and comfortable.
Now that you got me thinking...
The auxiliary controls on the starboard side of the pedestal has a funnel-like extension under it leading to a stainless steel tube that looks like it runs through the deck. This setup pretty much eliminates any stepping room to starboard around the wheel. You'd have to step on the seat to enter or exit to starboard. The location of those controls would also eliminate mounting any instruments there. I don't know why such a large control was necessary for the auxiliary.
I love the look of the teak but I'm into low maintenance. I don't mind applying a finish so much as I mind removing it, sanding the wood, etc before applying the finish.
The aft seat lockers would be a little hard to access, considering one would be open and possibly block access from the other side, meaning you would have to be standing at one side or the other of the wheel to access it.
There's not much else I could add to what's been said here except to say to the designers and builders, "If you aren't tapping the wealth of knowledge that exists here, you're denying yourself a great opportunity to build a better boat."
Last edited by JulieMor; 10-17-2012 at 02:30 PM.