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Cockpit Layout. (What happened to trenches?)

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#1 Hemp Bike

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 04:37 AM

I loved sailing my old Whiting Quarter Tonner out of the Magic Bus mold.  The cockpit's trenches either side of a central hatch seemed to be a brilliant innovation with benefits both above and below decks (Blue in attached pic.)  But they never caught on and all modern sports boats have a cockpit that gets narrower to the front (Red.)  Any thoughts to the benefits?



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:08 PM

In Sportsboats the 'BIG TRENCH' goes all the way to the mast see a Thompson, I'd say the trench made it apparent that was the way to go

its call 'the Cockpit' for good reason


now if you are talking about small keelboats, yeah good question   


Dont know if HHem blokes did it much but the 'ahead of it's time'  E56 'Future Shock' i sailed on had em, seems a kiwi thing https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473832709316292&set=a.473830239316539.108733.473807249318838&type=1&relevant_count=1

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:17 PM

Adds structure (=weight), complexity to the mould (=cost), & probably has a negative effect on hull stiffness?

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 04:30 PM

I had one of those!Attached File  image.jpg   106.09K   37 downloads

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