OK... get it now. Good sketch.
I guess it won't work to lower forward? Your idea about a deck plate in that area makes sense now.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)