Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kona, Hawaii
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Re: Are any still in business?
The problem is not self draining cockpits not draining but that a boat without a bridge deck in front of the companionway is very prone to flooding if pooped. Hopefully the wash boards will be in place but if they aren't, glub, glub, glub!!! Even with a bridge deck, the cabin will flood if the cockpit sides are higher than the bridge deck and no washboards in place. An open transom will drain faster but the cabin can be swamped without a bridge deck and/or wash boards in place when pooped. Worse for the open transom is there is no transom to keep the wave from boarding the boat.
A couple of years ago a traditional boat, think it was the Cheoy Lee knock off of the H28, sank entering the Golden Gate. Conditions weren't particularly bad and they were enjoying surfing into the Bay when an outsize wave pooped the boat and sank it almost instantly as the washboards weren't in place.
The Pogo style boats are great for short cruises, and solo ocean racing but they are not comfortable cruising boats. Very light weight compromises load carrying capacity, interiors are typically wide open for after race lounging but not for on ocean safety, storage compartments are minimal, they are VERY wet boats on the wind, and cockpits are marginal with flimsy back rests that look to be an extra cost option. For what most boats get used for, they are ideal but not for the long distance cruiser.