Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?
When we were looking for our current boat for extended cruising we started by looking at aft cockpit boats in the 42 to 44 foot range. To get any sort of room in the aft cabin they all had enormous bridge decks - if you can call it a bridge deck if it is at deck level and six feet long. One, Hylas 42?, actually had two cockpits with a footwell forward where the companionway was. A Swan 43 had an enormous number of steps (9 or 10) from the deck to the interior after you left the cockpit and went forward several feet. Can't imagine doing that routinely on a passage at night when it is honking. This was just a deal breaker and it was on some really nice boats. A CC makes sense in the 37 to 50 foot range if you want a really nice aft cabin.
BTW, some older Moodys in the 34' range have done a remarkable job of building a CC of this size that does not look like a wedding cake.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).