Deck and Cockpit
safe, dry, comfortable and most of all in control under the fully
equipped permanent dog house.
The area features a secure area, with all sailing controls close at
hand. The watch-stander has easy access to electronics, and all engine
controls. The comfortable seats work well with the boat upright or
heeling; the permanent dog house provides excellent protection from the
hot tropical sun and rain squalls.
high lifelines make maneuvering on deck
safe and easy.
In rough weather, the Sundeer is well laid out for safety. The lifelines
are extra high (32 inches), the stainless stanchions extra strong, the
nonskid superb. The aft pipe frame pulpit wraps all the way around the
cockpit. This enables a safe climb out to the deck while at sea. The
deck Dorades are protected by strong handrails which provide security
when moving fore and aft at sea.
Lines and winches:
The cockpit area is very well designed, set up so that one person can
easily work the boat. All lines are led aft. There are five winches
arrayed around the helm station. The 3 main winches are push-button
electric. The work stations are well spaced and do not interfere with
one another, and no one winch handles more lines than is convenient. The
wheel is a reasonable size, and there is plenty of room for one person
to step quickly around it while moving from winch to winch, or for two
people to work together standing on either side of the cockpit.
Avalon has a permanent hard dog house
that covers the whole forward end of the cockpit. Where the port and
starboard high-backed settees are not only long enough to lie down on,
but are very comfortable for sitting both to leeward and windward. Thus,
it is easy for the watch to stay dry, out of the weather and to keep a
good lookout. This permanent dog house provides an essential shaded area
from the tropic sun and still allows the watch-stander full visibility.