Originally Posted by christyleigh
That may be a poor design but from what I have seen yours is the exception, not the rule. ALL IP's for example.... I think the Ailerons Hoyt setup also swings over the forward hatch. Basically every 30-40 foot stay-boom I've ever seen swings over the forward hatch - where else is it going to swing - unless your foredeck is Very Long. I'm not saying that makes them instant death traps but something to consider.
I think it's more to do with the design of my boat. My forward hatch is about 6" or so aft of the front of the house with the track just abaft the hatch. It's also on a topping lift that keeps it off the hatch as seen below.
I would imagine that if the mast collapsed forward, it might pin the boom over the hatch but in that case, you'd have more serious issues.