Derek Escher

Derek Escher brings experience and passion to multihull specific brokerage. He is focused on matching clients with the right boat based on their requirements, and is equally comfortable as a buyer’s broker, or as a listing agent. Formerly with Gunboat Multihulls and Alden Yachts, Derek has over twe ...more

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~ Jay Clark
Dolphin 460

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~ Fredrick & Maude Bouju
Catana 47

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~ John B. Thornely
Taka Oa

The Evolution of the Forward Cockpit Concept

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Veteran Multihull sailor Dave Penfield has owned a number of very high performanceForward Cockpit cruising catamarans. He has sailed Chris White boats, Gunboats, Maine Cats among many others. Each of these great designs feature a forward steering station, and sheeting, halyards and reefing lines led to that helm. So, when Dave decided to get together with Morelli and Melvin to design a 50 footer for himself, he brought first hand knowledge of the pluses and minuses of a forward cockpit design, and he set out to bring it to a new level.

A forward cockpit design allows for less clutter aft in the boat. If done right, it allows the rig to be very visible for sail trim, and offers good 360 degree visibility. The rap against forward cockpits always has been exposure to apparent wind and water, and the limitations it puts on the aft cockpit over the limited length of the particular cat. With these understandings, Dave created the unique helm placement on Shooting Star.

Forward CockpitThe new boat has taken the best of a few concepts and molded them into a great helm station. The front windows in the salon protect the wheel, but they open entirely if desired. The rooftop is also completed with large overhead windows, so the rig is easily seen. All sheets, halyards and reefing lines are led just forward and within reach of the helm, along the mast bulkhead. As a result there is rarely a need to go out in the weather when sailing offshore. Additionally, the helm seat, which accommodates two people easily, can be flipped around, making it into a social area aft in the cockpit. The wheel is also accessible from the forward settees, so sailing the boat sitting on a couch is possible as well, which is very cool.

Shooting Star is arguably the fastest cruising 50’ cat ever built. The boat is more than that though. It has borrowed some of the best concepts pushed by some of the best designers the cat world has seen. Here is a boat that uses the best of the forward cockpit idea, while still offering protection for that helm. It allows an indoor/outdoor feel that can either be a perfect offshore safe steering station, or be made to feel like a beach cat, open, wind in the face.

The salon and cockpit share the same level, there are no steps up or down. It uniquely allows the space to be open and contiguous.  So whether you wish to relax or sunbath while the sailing enthusiast trims away, or particpate in the sailing yourself, this helm station accomodates you perfectly. 

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These are stand up people, who make a stand up product. I would buy from them again in a heartbeat.

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~ Jay Clark, Dolphin 460
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