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03-26-2009 09:04 AM
MorganPaul Just do it and see what happens. This is not a life or death decision.
03-26-2009 09:00 AM
RanAweigh Okey Dokey
03-26-2009 08:54 AM
freddyray good advice, but based perhaps on mis information. everyone says cutting a big hole. I am not cutting a big hole so the advice given to me would seem faulty based on that.
03-26-2009 08:06 AM
RanAweigh Quite a number of people have, in good faith, attempted to provide you with sound advice. It is now your choice to heed that advice or not.
03-26-2009 06:54 AM
freddyray one more question to ponder. I understand the concern about the rigidity of the deck being compromised by a hatch, but given that I am only talking about a small hatch. I have not measured it, but it's only just big enough for me to go out of it, and the fact that by adding a floor I am adding rigidity I am suprised at the objections. I also understand that a small cabin boat might be the ultimate solution, but that is not in the plans this year.
03-25-2009 11:50 PM
freddyray I am talking about something 10" x 10" if that makes a difference.
03-25-2009 10:54 PM
paulk If the space available up forward is so claustrophobic as to require a hatch, you should stick with the boom tent. For airflow, a simple round vent (solar powered or not) should do. It's not like you're hermetically sealing off the entire underdeck space from the outdoors - you couldn't fit in under there - there's plenty of air exchange going on already. A large hole in the foredeck is likely to create problems with the hull wracking. This can lead to big cracks in the corners of the hole you cut, leading to the gunwales, where they may help the deck become disassociated with the hull. Though this might provide you the opportunity to move up to a bigger boat, it is probably not the way you want to make that move.
03-24-2009 01:14 AM
freddyray How big a hatch are you imagining? I am not looking to cruise overnight in exotic locales. The space up front is wasted as in having no floor anything I put up there just find's it way to the bottom of the boat in a jumble. A floor with storage and some ventilation is more what I am after. I am not looking to make a cabin boat out of it.
03-23-2009 09:37 AM
Originally Posted by freddyray View Post
how is it going to weaken the hull? I am not cutting the hull except to put a hatch in front
Are you really planning to cut a "hatch" in the foredeck? Or is your objective to get air flow through your "cutty"? Solar powered vent may not effect the vessel too much but a hatch could. The deck does add structure to the forward part of your boat. Imagine how the gunnels would flex about if there were no foredeck at all. Cutting a sizable hole will although will have a lesser effect it will have some. It could weaken the boat.

I realize that you have an image of "cruising", overnights in exotic locales. That's all good and a fine dream. But perhaps if you do add a little storage space and a little air through the accommodation space the boom tent isn't so bad.
03-23-2009 09:23 AM
freddyray how is it going to weaken the hull? I am not cutting the hull except to put a hatch in front
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