Re: Hatchway alternatives?
Our boat (Pearson 28-2) came with two ways of closing the hatch.
There are traditional hatch boards that you'd want to use in a storm or when sailing offshore (though this isn't really an offshore boat).
It also has doors on hinges with smoked plexiglass that let in a lot more light. The hinges are the lift off sort, so you can stow the doors below when sailing. I also added some hooks so that I can hook them in the open position to the sides of the companionway when sailing in light conditions, that is easier than storing them.
I wouldn't want to only have doors, but the option of either is very nice.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior