Obviously with this kind of hiking techniques there was no major need for a more ergonomic cockpit design - crew and helmsman were anyway climbing outside and trying to get some grip somewhere at the cockpit board.
The crew was accustomed to be, as part of the game, tortured and the captain had anyway a stiff neck trying to keep an eye at least from time to time on the mast top. Probably it was regarded as part of the fun
sailing a star and to show off, especially for the ladies ashore.
With the new hiking techniques based on the use of hiking straps (1969) and the hiking vest (1981), getting the crew and helmsman weight over board became much easier and more effective. The appearance of GRP and
Epoxi stars changed the ergonomics of the star cockpit significantly and made hiking more comfortable - if hiking is felt comfortable at all.