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06-20-2013 01:25 AM
Mary Flower
Re: Aft head boats

We sailed aboard a Shannon 28 for fifteen years, living aboard eight months a year for the first three years. The aft head was exceedingly comfortable even when going to weather in the short, steep waves that the Great Lakes are notorious for.

If you're looking for a small boat capable of going anywhere in reasonable comfort, the Shannon 28 is an excellent choice. In 1981, seventy-three year old Monk Farnham completed a 5-week transatlantic crossing from Maryland to England aboard his Shannon 28 #10 Seven Bells and earned a place in the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest person ever to singlehand across any ocean.
12-10-2012 06:04 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Aft head boats

My 31 footer has the head in the back corner of the wheelhouse. Love it! While ass ended to the throne, I can see forward, thru the wheelhouse windows. When I had a traditional head, before converting to the composter, the top of the bowl was above the waterline, and couldn't sink the boat.
Putting the head in the stern lets me leave the rest of the interior layout, wide open, unbroken by a head compartment in the middle.
Heads facing fore and aft are far more comfortable than those facing athwartships, when the boat is well heeled.
Wide sterns make for poor hull balance, and reduce directional stability. Deep centrelines aft improve hull balance and directional stability.
12-10-2012 04:52 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Aft head boats

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I agree. It makes good use of space that has limited head room, and shouldn't be loaded with a bunch of stuff. But, like others have pointed out, could be a wild ride at sea... and there is the fart factor to consider.
Put a cowl vent over it and simply head downwind if you have to sit down.
12-10-2012 10:21 AM
Barquito
Re: Aft head boats

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Opposite of the aft head, and also pretty neat - the bow head. And it includes a shower. I've never seen one of these but it seems like a neat option to create the largest open space possible in a 25' boat.
I agree. It makes good use of space that has limited head room, and shouldn't be loaded with a bunch of stuff. But, like others have pointed out, could be a wild ride at sea... and there is the fart factor to consider.
12-08-2012 03:17 PM
Alex W
Re: Aft head boats

Yeah, a folk boat is very different design and concept. The 28-2 isn't only 2' longer, it is also 2' wider and probably has 1' more freeboard. We moved up from a Catalina 25 (which already feels a bit bigger than a folk boat), and the 28-2 is a big 3' jump from our old boat.

I like sailing the classic boats too, but like this size for cruising on. I would probably need a 32+ boat (with increased maint costs) in those designs to have similar space. Luckily I have friends with other styles of boats and can go out with them too.

Although it looks tubby it doesn't sail too tubby and is just as fun for me as any boat that I've been on. It is well balanced and so far it has handled nicely in chop and swells. I'm still getting used to having a wheel, but like the cockpit space that it opens up.
12-08-2012 01:30 PM
asdf38
Re: Aft head boats

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We have a 1986 Pearson 28-2 with an aft head. I like the layout, it makes for a large open main cabin and also makes it easy to run down and use the head when sailing. The interior is sort of like a Dana 24, just bigger and with a huge (for a 28' boat) quarterberth cabin.

As someone mentioned it also makes maintenance and access to the systems pretty easy. The holding tank on these boats is located in the cockpit lazarette and a short piece of tubing away from the toilet. Electrical systems are also mostly aft on these boats and everything is pretty easy to access.

The boat sails nicely too, although I'd call it a coastal cruiser, not a bluewater boat. There is no skeg for the rudder and the keel is bolted on.

Ask me next summer how it does for extended cruising for a couple, I have 6-10 weeks of cruising planned in WA and BC.

Here is the 28-2 interior, you can see that it is sort of like the 33-2 interior just with a bit less storage:
I really like that a lot. Better than the J-28 in some ways because it's got the aft cabin and my favorite, the curtain separation between the v birth and saoloon which further opens things up.

It's great to have those accommodations in a boat that 'small'. What a huge upgrade that would be in accommodations compared to my Contessa but with only a 2' increase. Sometimes it's too bad I love the old boats.
12-08-2012 10:04 AM
Alex W
Re: Aft head boats

My 28-2 is currently named Elena and it is moored at Shilshole Bay in Seattle. We may do a renaming ceremony before next summer's trips, but we haven't come up with the perfect name yet.
12-08-2012 09:47 AM
Faster
Re: Aft head boats

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Originally Posted by Alex W View Post
We have a 1986 Pearson 28-2 with an aft head. I like the layout, it makes for a large open main cabin and also makes it easy to run down and use the head when sailing. The interior is sort of like a Dana 24, just bigger and with a huge (for a 28' boat) quarterberth cabin.

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Ask me next summer how it does for extended cruising for a couple, I have 6-10 weeks of cruising planned in WA and BC.

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Pearson always did nice renderings of their boats for their ads in the magazines and brochures..

What's the boat name? We'll keep an eye out for you next summer.
12-08-2012 09:44 AM
Faster
Re: Aft head boats

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Yep - close hauled north of Hawaii, boat cleared a large wave, I cleared the seat by at least a foot, but came down where i should.
Ouch... Now that's a bruise I (don't) want to see!!
12-08-2012 07:58 AM
Tempest
Re: Aft head boats

The Sabre 362 has an aft head with a full shower enclosure. One of the many reasons I like the model.
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