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I am looking to get a center cockpit boat for blue water cruising but not sure what have been checking out the Columbia 45 center cockpit any idea
 

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Hey desert1 , I don't know anything about the C45 and I don't know anything about the build quality .

https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/columbia-45

I am familiar with the Westsail 42 center cockpit , the Westsail 43 is a aft cockpit but they are both the same hull .

https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/westsail-42
Sorry, but not even slightly.
One is a double ender with a full keel and the other a fin keel, skeg hung rudder and a transom boat.
The Columbia was fairly lightly built as a weekender and coastal boat, and the W42 heavily built, for ocean crossings, I believe.
 

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Check out an Island Packet 465, Amel Mango, or Super Maramu.
I haven't sailed one, but the big turn off to me about the Amel Super Maramu is the steering set up. I can't imagine doing a long, hard, heavy weather watch steering that wheel, up against a bulkhead. And being off center it could make docking stb side to more difficult, and make looking @ the jib's luff when close hauled pretty difficult.
 
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