Hi - currently don't have a spray hood and haven't missed it, however, I haven't been out in a blow yet...
Should I get one and any advice on its size?
As you know ive only had mine a couple of months. So pleased I did though. Its served its purpose very well. Apart from not getting drenched through out on the water, it provides good shelter too. I use mine on the pontoon too, stops the rain coming in the companionway.
If you're an out and out racer you won't want one. It gets in the way even when folded down. For general sailing and especially cruising I'd say it's indispensable. It makes a huge difference to comfort on board, both when sailing and in port. There's no published 'standard' design. You really need to look around at other boats and see which you like. Make a note also of who made it and talk to them. For me it must be pleasing to the eye to fit the Twisterrlines. Not too high and not boxy. [Image Can Not Be Found]
You do. Keep it low but make sure it comes aft enough so you can just sit under it and be protected from rain that is vertical or forward of the beam.
A sprayhood is required if you want to fit that very useful accessory, a cockpit enclosure.
It is an extra room, somewhere to sit in comfort when the weather is not good and watch the world go by!
One of the best things we ever bought for Tammie Norie.
We sail with the spray hood down if the weather is fine, better visibility. Getting the height right is important, I want to see over it to sail, for me looking through the Perspex is a no no unless it is really sh*** . Again it needs to be high enough so that you can comfortably sit in your conservatory extension ( the zip on aft enclosure)
Many thanks... Cockpit enclosure sounds good too, hadn't thought of that...
I will come back with designs...
You might find my cad model useful for this. Do you have a copy?