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Ok, first of all this may sound crazy. ive been tinkering with my engine and it is darn near impossible to get to. so ive been contemplating sawzalling off the 'L' portion of the galley where the sink is and making it either fold up or slide out.

It was suggested to me by two fellows (who have done it) that by cutting an access panel in the cockpit you can get right into the engine compartment. except for the hole i accidently drilled in the hull (different story) i am not a big fan of cutting holes in boats. so wondered if the SN gang thinks this is totally wacky. anyone done it? contemplated it? am i crazy for even pondering it? it would be super handy as the current set-up requires me to go total spider monkey.
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Go for it! As long as you can make an appropriate watertight hatch, why shouldn't you have good access to your engine. Could you do a round cutout and put in a deck lid?
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Watertight is the operative word. Had one boat sink here because the access through the cockpit wasn't watertight (it was a powerboat) and a number of others take on significant water.
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Some Pacific Seacraft boats have engine access through the cockpit floor. The access is quite well sealed and secure.
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Some Pacific Seacraft boats have engine access through the cockpit floor. The access is quite well sealed and secure.
Better take a look at the Pacific Seacraft sailboats then. Even with engineered access, the owner still has to be careful to get the engine access cover back on correctly and carefully.
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I wouldn't be as concerned about sinking the boat, but rather water seeping in and rusting the engine which is quite probable. Done properly I think you have a good idea. Thinking outside the box...good stuff!!!
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PSC 37 access. Notice the retaining bolt threads and the lip to mitigate against water

I think the cockpit sole would have to be supported to attain this access.
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Ok, first of all this may sound crazy. ive been tinkering with my engine and it is darn near impossible to get to. so ive been contemplating sawzalling off the 'L' portion of the galley where the sink is and making it either fold up or slide out.
The original question was about cutting the fiberglass liner for the galley. The only problem I can think of is securing the galley after you cut it out since you do not want it shifting while underway. Does this give access to both sides of the engine?
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Most factory cockpit hatches have carefully tooled moldings to create the water tight seal and allow an essentially level cockpit sole. This would be difficult to properly achieve in a modification to a typical cored sole.

If a large enough aftermarket 'deck lid' type of fitting could be found that wasn't too tall, that might be the ticket here.

Keeping it reliably leakproof would be the biggest challenge after ensuring structural integrity.
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