Originally Posted by 84far
Trouble... then the canoe stern, high topsides, aggressive step sheer, powerful bow, saloon windows, must all be trouble as well?
From a design point of view, I think the designers were daring and got it wrong with the pilot house, it looks like it belongs on a 45' Hinckley picnic boat, and same with the new design IMO.
The thing is 85% of the boat all point towards a slow motor cruiser (heavy), not a fast picnic boat. I think that's why Lars suggested the timber pilot house, going with traditional old looks.
Have you thought about going for more of a longer cabin and bringing up those saloon windows (consistency), and making it more practical enclosed pilot house, and also having a curved timber mast on top of the saloon roof?
I would love to draw something up if need be
believe me, I tried different designs including the following, but nothing really worked. We thought the the current proposed design was a fair compromise between the origanal open helm and the kind of traditional PH that you describe, whilst at the same time having a sexy snazzy 1960s , Dolce Vita/ james Bond / look .. but I'd really apreciate it if you would have a go. best