Originally Posted by skidgear
I can't recall seeing one with access from the aft cabin that does not also have an exterior ladder. And aft cabin access tends to be in the 50+' range. I've attached some photos of our 44' Ocean Alexander sundeck/cockpit, which utilizes a short ladder (only) from the cockpit to the sundeck. On the Great Lakes it's common to see both floating and fixed height docks. The cockpit provides safe boarding both from low docks and a dinghy....and great for taking the dog ashore from an anchorage. Also makes line handling easier in locks, for example. Boarding from low docks would be a real chore without the cockpit.
We're summer live-aboards and would not own another configuration. Best of all worlds...if you don't mind a few steps between levels. Nieces and nephews fish from the cockpit...and it's also a good storage area for bikes, etc.
I am all about a cockpit Motor Yacht. That is what my search is centered around. To get a feel for what we want, I chartered A Jefferson 42 and a Selene 53. Dollar wise they don't compare but that gave us a Pilothouse amidship Cabin and a aft cabin with only a swim platform. In Florida stern too with no finger piers you are down a ladder to the swim platform and up a ladder to the aft deck, or jump
, Bags, groceries, drinks, need I say more.
Large aft deck for outdoor seating, Cockpit for "Half way" boarding and dingy launching. Close the door to the aft stateroom and traffic will go thru the aft deck.