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a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out

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On deck the wide, open transom gives the helsman plenty of room to move between the twin wheels and there are inboard coamings on both to house a large plotter.
Deep coamings should keep the cockpit dry when underway, while a huge electric swim platform unfolds when at anchor.
Sail controls are all led aft with a centralised mainsheet Harken winch and a pair of other winches on the coamings adjacent the outboard located helms which have stylish gunwale seating that opens up lots of deck space for access to the transom.
But it's a cosy social area despite its acreage thanks to high coamings, the tall cabin top and sprayhood, with a bimini as well to complete an effective bluewater cruising setup.
For such a small waterline, the J/70 is very comfortable on deck with wide coamings to sit spanning the length of the 11-foot long cockpit.
Tall coamings protect the cockpit and on the cruiser version I visited, there was a bimini as well, so these boats are sensibly optioned for Australia.
The mainsheet track is just ahead of the twin pedestals while the two sets of sheet winches are well positioned along the coamings.
Sail controls are laid out with hydraulic Harken winches beside the helms while the mainsheet track is neatly enclosed between the helms, running out from the coamings to the winches either side.
The steerer can comfortably sit out on the broad, smooth coamings to watch the telltales and when healed over foot chocks offer good support; while the walkway between helms is clear.