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mostly, i think, it's because nobody does it that way
lack of windscreens seems to me to be a lacking feature because most sailboat designs simply don't have them, so neither does the next one, and the next and the next. in short- it's a 'tradition'.
i was very curious about this topic, because the boat i crew on now has an actual wheelhouse. it looks like it was added on later, because there seems to be a standard cockpit built into the boat, but the builder got a hold of a wheelhouse and dropped it on. it's actually very nice when it gets cold, people will come up there and sit with the skipper instead of burrowing down in the cabin when it gets rainy and cold.
but of the hundreds of sailboats i see in the marinas' almost none of them have wheelhouses over the cockpits. but almost ALL of them have some sort of canvas windscreen/doger contraption added on. most with floppy plastic windows that are hardly the same as a glass or lexan windscreen.
i brought this up on a couple of sailingboat design forums, and people always come back with: "it's too hot", "no body else has them", "too much windage", wear foulies", "non-traditional" "too expensive" etc etc. i think these arguments are specious. i think the main reason is because its non-traditional.
any time you see people adding on to a factory design, it's because the factory left it out, or didn't do it right. so i see these minimal to massive, complicated dogers and windscreens. some of them are very expensive. they usually never get taken down (so the windage arguement is moot) and i think most people that have them simply don't go out if it's cold, windy and raining. but i notice, the powerboaters do- why? because they have that nice wheelhouse to be in, out of the nasty rain and wind. i don't want a boat that i have to moor 8 months out of the year, or that i and my guests have to wear survival suits on... if it's hot, i'll open the windows. if was built into the boat, i would't have to buy/build it.
when it comes time for me to get my own boat, i will NOT choose one that i can't build a wheelhouse onto. i want to be on the water- anytime it's not dangerous- and not behind underneath some added on pipes, canvas and distortion view plastic.
but thats just me.