Join Date: Jul 2006
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Well, I kinda dissagree with my good friend SD... a friendly dissagrement. THat is where we ALWAYS were. It is straight runs for laying out and that is good (on the setee, however the hell you spell them). However, they have really low sides which makes for uncomfortable setting and dangerous sleeping.
Kris would typically sleep on the seat beside me. In bad weather, we would often lay in the floor of the cockpit (whoever was off-watch... duh). THe motion is not too bad there and the fresh air keeps you from getting sick.
Most "offshore" boats put in small cockpits so that it is easy for one person to single and becuase everything is tight and easy to keep you secured. However, I think a large cockpit can be better because it affords you to do the things mentioned above. You can run latteral jacks for added safety, should the sea state require them. Plus, when you so get to port, you will spend 80% of your time in the cockpit while on the boat, 15% in the saloon, 5% in the sack (Oops, I did not leave any % for the crapper... take it out of the percentage that meets your lifestyle (smile)). Thus, plan your boat accordingly.