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Domed Hatches

I am curious if anyone has any experience/knowledge with domed hatch covers. I am looking to replace the only hatch on a Bristol 27 with a hatch cover that has a dome in order to provide forward visibility while holed up down below. Off shore cruising is in the near future.

My questions/concerns:

1) Is it a good idea?
2) Does anyone make one/ know where one could find one?
3) Would a dome of 1/4" lexan take the pressure of crashing green water? (I've found manufacturers that will make domes up to 1/4") It seems like thicker would certainly be better. I would never consider a sheet of lexan that thin, but as a dome?....

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I thought about doing this on my Pearson. I got a dome that i dont think could stand anything hitting it. It seems like a cool idea, and ive seen it on a few other boats around here. The idea of getting up on a chilly morning and just looking out the dome and not opening the hatch was very apealing. The best thing i can say is to make a peice of wood or lexan that can be used to cover where the dome is in case it ever breaks out.
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Will a small telescope fit inside it?
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I think something like this would work well. These were very popular in Germany during WWII.

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Slippin' and a sliddin' might have something to do with the lack of the dome's popularity.

They have appeared on various cruising boats over the years. Moitessier had one on Joshua and Blondie Hasler had one on Jester.

Presuming you want dome so that you can stay below and still see what is going on around you ? Read up on Hasler, he was the master of dry sailing. He boasted that when he did the Trans Atlantic Single Hander in Jester he didn't go out on deck once and completed the crossing in his dressing gown and slippers. Jester was a junk rigged timber folkboat.
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I don't think you'll find one that isn't custom-made for you. Domed hatches are far more expensive to produce than regular hatches, and the market for them is fairly small.
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