Re: Interesting Sailboats
I agree that having the a hatch entry into the storage area may be unsafe. But we are big boys and girls who go sailing off over the horizon and if the hatch can be secured properly it would not be a problem. Most blue water boats have big hatches in the cockpit with the potential to fill with water. The company making the boat just needs to be willing to put the effort into making them safe.
What I hate about having storage room without top hatches is how dirty the boat gets. Just bringing fenders that have been over the side for a while have nice green goop and oily smudge on them. It is hard to wash them when leaving port trying to raise sails etc. So much nicer when you can just drop them down into a box from above. Same for wet sails that need to be put away quickly, nothing like dripping saltwater on the inside soul of the boat to walk in and spread everywhere. Salt on cloth covers is so enjoyable to sit on.