I am considering a few of the CLC kits including the Passagemaker, Eastport, or Mill Creek 13. For the prams my primary interest would be in sailing. Rowing would be secondary. I already own a small sailing dinghy (a snark sunflower) but would like to have a more comfortable (and home built) boat.
Based on the images I've seen in the catalog and on the site I wonder just how comfortable these will be under sail. I already have a boat inwhich I ride on the floor while sailing. If I build my own boat I'd like to be able to sit on a seat (I'm not 25 anymore...). The bench seats in these boats appear to be either too far forward or too far astern to sit on while sailing (though they appear to be perfectly positioned for rowing). In one of the photos in the catalog it looks like the man in the boat is sitting atop the dagger board. That can't be comfortable. :-) The gunwales are too narrow to sit on so all that would leave is the floor.
Do I have a mistaken impression? Do 6' tall men sail these from a seat in the boat? Or is everyone sitting or kneeling on the floor boards while sailing? I'd love to hear of people's experiences since I'd rather build a kayak if the seating in the sail boats isn't all that different than my existing dinghy.
BTW - I am in no way disparraging these boats! Their designs look terrific. I am simply wondering how they would meet my specific needs.