Hello all, I've really enjoyed reading this forum over the past few months. The expertise in sailing and building discussed here is staggering! Early last summer I purchased Steve Warfle's Sea Pearl from him, and my family has enjoyed many adventures on it. I saw from a distance, but didn't appreciate, Steve's CS 20 MK3. The Sea Pearl is great, but a family of 7 is a little crowded on it Thus, assuming the admiral of the treasury and the driveway space could be convinced, I'd be interested in purchasing a second boat. The CS boats check a lot of boxes for me: easy to trailer, capsize recovery, fast, and cat-ketch rig. For space purposes I would choose a CS 20. Because most of our sailing is daysailing, I would prefer the open version, not the MK3.
So, here are my questions.
First, could the CS 20 be built with the centerboard offset even further, so that it right next to or aligns with side benches? A great attribute of the Sea Pearl is that the middle is open (due to the leeboards). Christopher Cunningham has a great article on moving the centerboard on his Caledonia Yawl (among other boats)(https://smallboatsmonthly.com/article/out-of-line/). I think, but can't quite tell, that maybe the MK3 version does this. Has anyone tried in in an open version?
Second question, there's no doubt the water ballast and self-draining cockpit of the mk3 are desirable features. The inability to recover from a capsize is the biggest flaw of the Sea Pearl. Could those features be added to the CS 20 mk1? I think, from reading the B&B site, that they were part of the now-abandoned MK2 design (which I really like that design). Stated otherwise, perhaps I'm asking if anyone has built an MK3 without the cabin? And to follow up, would it be worth it? The CS-20 looks pretty stable and recoverable as-is. We sail in cold water, but our crew is healthy and good swimmers.
I apologize if these have been asked before, I searched the forum and didn't see anything, and I can't find pictures on the B&B site that answer the questions. I'm also still squarely in the tire-kicking stage, but in my experience that's never kept anyone from discussing boat design on forums like this!