Originally Posted by Brent Swain
My first boat had 2 ft wide side decks and I took their convenience for granted. For my next boat I went for 18 inch wide side decks, a decision ended up greatly regretting. For my current boat I went for 2 ft side decks again , and lived happily ever after.
Narrow side decks are OK ;at the dock or in the boat show, but when the boat heels, the top of the lifeline ends up inboard of the cabin side ,and going forward without having to walk on the cabin top is acrobatic to say the least. Its like running and obstacle course.
Many stock boats, designed for boat show priorities, are obstacle courses on the side decks . If you want the feel of a large interior ,mirrors strategically hung ,will give you that.
I wasn't talking about narrower side decks on my boat, just 3"narrower than 28" inch i have....that would still be 25" side decks but the extra 3" x 2 would give me and addition 6" of room below decks. Mirrors give an optically larger interior, the extra 3" would allow me to put my back against the settee back with out hitting my head.