The leg-breaker / head-crusher
I've been looking at various production boats recently and recently saw this example of what IMHO is the most potentially dangerous companionway / galley configuration I've yet to come across.
(click on Hunter's own 3D tour and look towards the companionway
The Hunter 45DS carries a CE "A" certification which I find laughable when considering the design of the companionway steps. They include a foot/leg sized gap between steps & side rail that to me screams "broken leg zone". Follow that up with the location of the galley's centerline counter right at the foot of the companionway that would make a wonderful target for a headbutt if you should slip on those miniature steps. And the ankle height grab rails aren't going to help you recover your balance after you've broken your ankle and dented your skull.
And this is on an "Ocean" rated vessel that will likely be thrashing around underfoot and wet from time to time. Maybe I'm a nervous klutz but Egads !!!
I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts. - Mark Twain
Last edited by SeanRW; 05-15-2009 at 10:33 PM.