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Open aft cockpit
Being a little masochist, lately, I spent some time checking out builders' website to see what they are throwing out in the market these days.
Something that hits me is that most of the new boats have open or semi open aft cockpit .
I noticed it because 2 weeks ago I managed to move my wife to a boat show, and the only boat she showed some interest in was a Beneteau First because she liked the large open cockpit.
I have to admit I like the look of open cockpit too, but something is bothering me :
1/I won't feel comfortable if there is some kids around (let's say below 10) or even some people not agile/ used to sailing.
Even if they manage not to fall, I got the bad feeling that something will : teddy bear, ball, toy, bag, lines... you name it.
2/ What about the waves ?
What happen if you take a wave from behind : isn't a risk of being knock out or lose 'stuff' ?
Same thing at the anchor : no risk of having a wave flood the cabin ? (or you leave the hatch half closed all the time )
That seems like big issues to me, but with so many boats made that way, I am probably missing something here. Does anyone have any clue ?
Last edited by SFU; 10-15-2011 at 01:55 PM.