Re: Popularity of center cockpits?
I used to be a staunch single-head advocate, for the reasons outlined by chef2sail, but that was before I actually bought at boat. I think two heads really shine when you have a crewmember who is sick (seasickness or otherwise). They may be in the head for hours at a time, and other crewmembers need to use the facilities (or are themselves sick). I also like the idea of a backup head as jorgenl mentioned. For my next boat, I'm going to be looking for a substantial master head with stall shower, and a very tiny second head.
For my next boat, I'm also probably looking for a center cockpit. I live aboard, and both girlfriends I've had while living aboard have hated my V-berth. I can't say I'm a huge fan either, but I don't mind too much. A true queen size (rectangular!) bed is a must in my next boat, as is more stowage in the bedroom. Those features tend to go hand in hand with CC, unless it's a very large or very new boat. I also like the engine access, and the removal of the need to winterize the engine (for living aboard, it will be surrounded by warm air and thus won't freeze).
1979 Gulfstar 37 Laissez Faire
Last edited by rmeador; 03-11-2013 at 03:57 PM.