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Sailing Yachts with Central or Protected Cockpit

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The sailing yacht with a central cockpit is quite popular among yachtsmen. This cockpit is also called «the Scandinavian» cockpit. Swedish shipyards, such as Hallberg-Rassy and Najad, were the pioneers in its use. The central cockpit is good for ocean sailing as it is better protected from the elements. The cockpit sits in the center of the boat, sunken into the deck, which makes one feel more comfortable, especially in harsh conditions. It is also believed that the central part of the boat suffers less from pitch and roll.

The disadvantage caused by the location of the cockpit being this way is the less convenient access from the stern. But in the Baltic, where yachts are usually moored bows-to the quay and the bows are equipped with pulpits and ladders for comfortable drop-off, this is not a problem. The central cockpit itself is smaller in size than the Mediterranean one.