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Popularity of center cockpits?

One day my wife and I would like to go cruising. A few years ago we cruised the Bahamas on a hunter 45 center cockpit and really enjoyed the layout of the boat. The rear cabin was large enough that you could walk around as if it were a bedroom in a house. My wife really enjoyed the rear deck where she could lay out and sun herself.

As I look on yacht world, there are very few cc's offered that are recently constructed - ie. within the last 10 years. Additionally, it seems most of the cc's that are available in the mid 40 ft range are hunter passages.

Why are there not more modern cc's being manufactured? I like the deck salons, however the rear cabin seems tight with the ceiling a few feet above the mattress. Seems like it would feel like a cave at night. Thoughts would be very welcomed.

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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

Any thoughts on why there are not more center cockpits?
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

My guess is that putting the aft cabin under the aft cockpit has become more popular. Several "advantages" to that layout - engines are smaller so they don't benefit as much from the big engine room under a C/C, people generally prefer an A/C on deck - sail visibility, drier etc. C/C doesn't generally work as well for boarding from a sugar scoop, A/C interiors feel bigger than C/C layouts - less corridor space. Look at the differences in the interiors from a womans perspective and I think you'll have your answer.

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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

The folks I have met who have a center cockpit all seemed to be quite happy with it, so I believe it to be a matter of personal preference. The comments already offered are quite valid, though, and should help with your decision. As to inside space, my personal experience is that we spend very little "awake" time below - other than in the galley (and even then) - but, again, that will depend on the crew and whether or not you have a decent dodger/umbrella set up to keep you comfortable in most weather.
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

Possibly people buy modern CC boats and keep them? I love mine.
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

Lots of Amels around. Fine if expensive cruising boats.
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

I remember the boston boat show in 84 they had a 36' CC S2 there.
I fell in love w/ that boat. If I had money to burn, the chase would be on for a Bene 36 cc. For me there's something about the deck space & the rear stateroom on a cc that very appealing.
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

In prior days on centercockpit commonly had a queen berth aft and forward. Neither comfy in a seaway whereas quarterberth was comfy spot and no leeclothe/bundleboard needed. Now a days with broad stern of ac boats can either have two staterooms or quarterberth and multipurpose area ( workroom etc.) in aft portion of current designs. Still, although HR is pushing a new line of ac boats they sure sell abunch of cc boats and even revised their 43.
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

Thanks everyone for the comments.
Svauspicious, I also wondered the same thing - maybe people who buy them (cc's) just dont sell them. My wife and I plan to attend the Annapolis boat showin the fall and will look at more aft cabin boats - maybe there is an aft cabin that is close to a cc in space in the rear birth.

Other than the passage, can anyone recommend another cc?

Many thanks.
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Re: Popularity of center cockpits?

I love my CC. I do think those who own them tend to stay with it. I have had several folks just out of the blue offer to buy mine.
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