There's no gentle way to say this, but I have long felt that cockpit enclosures are for those who don't really want to sail their boats. And, of course, I'm also well-known as an advocate of clean decks.
But now we have a cockpit enclosure, and...I'm loving it. OK, I nearly gagged on that statement, but it's true. And...I was...wrong...about cockpit enclosures—ugh, that was even harder to say.
This is the story of how and why we ended up with a cockpit enclosure, together with the design we came up with and the usage we are adopting to make sure we can still sail our boat efficiently and safely.