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My dad had a 33 ft center cockpit sloop with a cockpit hatch over the engine. It did make it easy to get to the top of the engine, but with the hatch open it was hard to find a place to support yourself to work on it.
Any hatch you use would have to be very sturdy. No only are SD's points well taken, but if you get pooped the hatch will have to hold hundreds of pounds of water for a prolonged time and not fail. Even a little leak could disable your motor.