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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:55am

Post Subject: Stern design

During our first holiday on a hire boat with a cruiser stern, rain showers were not an inconvenience at all. We closed the aft door and sliding hatch and waited for crew to deliver hot tea. I'm curious how the steerer performs on a trad or semi trad in foul weather. How do you operate the engine controls without exposing the interior of the boat to rain and or snow?


Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:59pm

Post Subject: Stern design

A semi-trad is just a cruiser with extended cabin sides so it looks like a trad, otherwise they are the same. On a trad the steerer SHOULD stand in side the open sliding hatch so the tiller can not throw them overboard it is hits something and decides to move with some force.. In rain they close the stern doors so the top half of their body is up through the hatch. This tends to keep most of the rain out. Many also use a golf umbrella. Originally the interior of the boat in the hatch area would have been painted so could be wiped down and the controls would have been in front of the hatch. Tony Brooks

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