Originally Posted by knothead
The brass was deburred and has been on the boat for over 15 yrs. so it's pretty smooth to the touch. It's easily removable but I've never taken it off. If I want to get it out of the way I just need to slide the hatch back an inch or two. It's on the hatch for the aft cabin and I usually don't go down there much while sailing.
It works great for a Nor'Sea 27', but as SD says it's definitely not for many boats.
I am still scheming around this a bit. If you can imagine a bow shaped plank (like from a bow and arrow) somehow attached to my stern with notches in it, that would work and it would still leave the bench open. Rip a few thin strips of white oak and glue them together as an arch. Hmmm...