saloons (also known as raised saloon, deck house, pilot house), consist of
a raised coach-house on sailing boats, with large panoramic and luminous
windows. The more intelligent designs, such as on the Jeanneau 43 DS, have
a raised floor, which give you views through these windows, from a sitting
position inside. This design enables heavy fuel and water tanks to be low
down in the boat, where they should be.
one of the main advantages of the deck saloon design, is that it is
“wife friendly”, encouraging even the most notoriously claustrophobic
of the gentler sex to be happy going down below. The very luminous
interior and uninterrupted views of the horizon, will do wonders in
preventing that “closed-in” feeling and the beginnings of sea-sickness.
those fortunate boat-owners who manage to be able to spend much time in
their boats in the marina, will appreciate the possibility of being able
to frequently glance outside to see what is going on. This is especially
important when under sail and the skipper is down below, with perhaps an
inexperienced crew member at the helm, so that he can keep an eye on
traffic and obstacles by simple looking out of the ample windows.
the Jeanneau 43DS, the coach-house is only about 20 cms higher than
comparable “normal” boats, so there is not a significant windage
problem at all.
Flush deck boats are certainly sleeker in appearance, but they are necessarily tighter and darker inside, so the average cruising family will find deck saloons much more appealing.
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