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Just a brief question to anyone who has hired or owns a forward steering craft, especially the ones with large front wells. are they generally a difficult craft to moore up stern on? i know people rave about how spacious they are but to me i think they dont look the most easy of craft to manouvre. the amount of times i have seen people mooring them stern on and reversing back and smacking the riverside at 5mph. it makes me think, how can they be?

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My thoughts as well.
I have never owned or hired a bath tub.
Visibility must be severly restricted when doing a stern on.
As we now have a disability in the family I have been thinking of getting a bath tub myself as the single floor layout is an advantage....Les.

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Have hired one of these before from Richo's.

Yes they are roomy.

Yes the floor being one level is great.

No the engine right by the galley is awful the smell sometimes is overpowering.

No they are a pig to steer ,fishtails all the way until you get used to it.

No mooring stern on without a lookout is hazardous to say the least and even worse if you have one without a line of sight through the boat (have even seen some people standing on the seat steering with a foot to get a view).

Give me a conventional boat rear or centre steering position any day less hassle we hired a 42 footer last year and it was far easier to steer/moor than any bathtub.

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Biggest downside is that all you see is reeds! Being low down, below the top of the reeds, can be a real bore. There are those who maintain that the low steering positions of Caribbeans have dissuaded numerous folk from Broads holidays.

Jenny Morgan,

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quote:"......
No the engine right by the galley is awful the smell sometimes is overpowering.
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not always the case, many have the engine under the rear deck thus making for a quiet boat,yes you need a lookout but as i always have someone(SWMBO) on the stern rope anyway its not a problem, just take it easy on the throttle and you will hear instructions being shouted,I have hired two 42 ft bathtubs with no great problem.centre steer, aft steer or flying bridge is easier, but it's horses for courses, if you need the facilities/access of a bathtub go for it.
see below;- 42 ft bathtub(was called jaguar, surprise,surprise.)

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Being now the owner of a 'bathtub' Mad  I can say that I agree with most of the comments above, however, with a little forethought, stern on mooring isn't too difficult, providing you turn in from the side closest to the steering position, so you get a view down that side of the boat throughout the manoeuvre, so providing you know the re is sufficient space the other side of you, you can concentrate on lining up to the craft on the helmsman side - I'm intending to fit a rear-view camera anyway to alleviate the problem for hirers

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Front drives have a number of advantages apart from the single floor level thing:

The front windows are huge. This is great for the whole crew (not just the helmsman) for getting a good view, whether moored or underway & whether you're sat on the sofa or making the tea!

Bridge clearance is generally reasonable

Weather protection is always good (although I know other styles enjoy similar)

There are plenty of older style cheaper offerings which provide tons of space for the money.


I do agree visibility is poorer, to the side as well as the stern & they're harder to moor stern on. In my view though, not hard enough to make it an issue.

Simon

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i was worried about the reversing thing last year when we hired petite gem even though it's only 25ft but managed it fine as you seem to be able to reverse in straighter as you can tell if the front ends swinging out next year we're planning on hiring san carlos which is a bit bigger at 35ft but i've come up witha cunning plan i've got a set of walkie talkies so it will be easier to comunicate between the person on the back and the driver (plus you can have a bit of fun with them too "car 4 car 4 come in car 4") LOL

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being owners of what is termed 'a bath tub'( it is anything but).   There are more positives than negatives.   All personal choice at the end of the day, we like the safety of the well at the front , especially when grand kids are about and dogs, the engine at rear (less noise, wouldnt say no noise) as for reversing, my old 'fish wife voice' comes to the fore and I can outshout any diesel engine anyday.   Like the idea of a rear view mirror - where can you obtain these please.  As for mooring - that is the about the easiest you will find on any boat.   You can get of front and back with no problems.

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Can I ask also where do find a rear view camera which what I meant to ask.

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