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Why not more centreline aft cabins??

One of the versions in the Elan 434 series is a centreline queen in the aft cabin with 2 entrances. This boat is proving difficult to view as most are in Europe but Im curious why more manufacturers wouldnt provide this as an option..of course once my wife saw pictures...well you get it...once she saw that no way im selling her on a crawl in double with 8" of head room to her that looks more like a coffin than a berth...

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well because on a aft cockpit the ceiling is very low. do not let her see the aft cabin on a bigger center cockpit boat
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Also causes a problem on deck

We looked at several aft cockpit/aft cabin boats (a Hylas 42 (or 43), a Swan 43 come to mind) and they had another problem on deck. The companionway entrance was not at the front of the cockpit. There was a substantial bridge deck of sorts in between. The bridgedeck is needed to give standing headroom in the aft cabin. In a couple of cases the distance was 3 to 4 feet. I could see no way that you could have a dodger that would protect the companionway and the cockpit. One boat actually had two dodgers, a small pram hood over the companionway a full width dodger protecting the cockpit. To go below you would need to go on deck from the cockpit and go around the dodger - at best inconvenient and at worst dangerous. This is a major reason why we now have a center cockpit boat.

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Definitely do not let her see either the Hunter Passage 42 or the later 45.
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You are absolutly right TQA.
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My wife saw the aft, centerline, near queen, two steps to the head, standing headroom berth of the P42 and was taken. We are on our second year aboard and nothing but good things about using the boat. BEats climbing over and around in a 3 ft high space of others..

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