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Screens for companionway...ideas?

'Still working on a few of the essentials for my new Catalina 309. We're doing a week-long trip mid-June (here on Lake Michigan), and I want to be ready with some sort of screens for the companionway (the other hatches come supplied with them).

This leads to my semi-rhetorical quesion: why the heck is the entrance to the cabin on most sailboats so darn primitive. I mean, I think the neanderthals went straight from the open air approach to a simple doorway to their caves, bypassing "cave boards" altogether.

I always look both ways to make sure a power-boater doesn't see me shuffling my hatch boards every time I open up my boat. And closing up the cabin from down below is a joke...install boards...slide hatch...then remember you left your glass of wine in the cockpit...grrrrrrr.

If you're overnighting on your boat with no companionway upgrade you're either sealed in with insufficient ventilation, or you've left the companionway wide open for your own convenience and the convenience of every bug that's drawn your cabin lights. LAME!

Hatch board advantages?
Low cost
ummmmm...okay, I give up.

I'm at a loss as to why manufacturers continue to offer their products with such an outdated system, and I'm equally stymied as to why buyers put up with it. Is it just me? Am I missing something? (Rant is now over).

I'll probably go out to the shop and put together a new screen door insert to replace the hatchboards. I made one for my previous boat. Just a simple wood frame with a single, hinged screen door in it that replaces the hatchboards for overnight. Works well, but the downside is that it works best with the companionway slider in the closed position, so it's a tad awkward to get in and out (but better than hatch boards!).

The real question: Is there any great wisdom out there on an effecient solution to this problem (by that I mean a cheap and easy solution)? Not a velcro and screen setup...uh uh, nope. Maybe a Sunfish?
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