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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

My pre-1990 Cal 2-30 (1968) has enough cockpit space to sit 6 because I have a tiller. Do the 6 people sit comfortably? Not really, especially while heeling, and when tacking. The solution is often people sitting on the doghouse, which is comfortable in fair weather (see picture 1). At anchor or slip, six is okay (see pic 2)
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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

I'm sort of leaning towards a C&C Corvette. My only worry is that it likes to heel, being a 1960's design, which may put off guests or pitch them over, (not always a bad thing, I'm kidding folks...mostly). It has what I would say is a welcoming cockpit with low comings, and spot to sit on the stern. Anyone here own one? I assume it can be sailed a little flatter, albeit with a loss of speed.

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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

I agree about considering a Tartan 10. The Olson 911S (or 911LE) would be a good choice too. Earlier ones were built to a very high standard by Pacific Boats and the later ones equally good by Ericson Yachts.

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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

Not sure I can think of seeing a 30 footer with them, but pushpit seats are a good way to expand seating. Itís a tall order to put 6 comfortably in most cockpits.


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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

I put a bench across the back of my CS 27 and it made a big difference. Dangling feet take up less room than bums. It also makes for a great view up there - I heard people knock the Hunter stern rail seats but they really are the best seats in the house for guests in 30 - 35 footer.

Of course, if you drop down to a 22 Capri, you can fit the neighbourhood! Not much interior though.
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Tiller offers wide open cockpit when at anchor.
Wheel and binacle take up much space
Yes, but swinging the tiller across the cockpit when tacking seriously reduces the comfort of anyone in the way.. I love having a tiller on my boat, but I were having lots of guest onboard actually sailing I'd prefer a wheel. Might take more room, but it doesn't move around so easier for people to find a spot to sit.
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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

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.....I heard people knock the Hunter stern rail seats but they really are the best seats in the house for guests in 30 - 35 footer......
How come? Hunter is hardly the only brand with them. I know 70ft yachts that have them.


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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

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Tiller offers wide open cockpit when at anchor.
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I have a 1981 San Juan 28 and she is an IOR influenced boat. The tiller gives us wide open cockpit at anchor but under way it is a tight squeeze and we spend more time under way than at anchor.
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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

Underway, people usually become active participants.
At anchor, its time to chill...and exaggerate/lie, and plan tomorrow
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Re: Any pre 1990 30 footers with really large cockpits?

Does a tiller pilot help? I mean, can the shaft of the pilot be positioned close to the base of the tiller, and then the tiller can be folded up or back? Or do tiller pilots need to be located closer to the end of the handle for more leverage?
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