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A gripe! (under bunk access)

Did all boats from the 80's have little access panels under the bunks? Or is it just typical of all production boats? The space is so big yet it's so hard to use because of those d...m little lift out hatches! Apparently all the tanks, piping, and some wiring was never planned to be accessed after the hull liner was dropped in.

Is there any reason to not cut out the top of the bunks and make the cover out of plywood? They don't seem to structral to the boat from what I can tell. Hmmm thinking now...make drawers and let them roll out instead of having to lift the cushions whenever someone needs to get at things?

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On many boats, the hull liner is a structural element that adds stiffness to the boat. I don't know if that is the case with the o'day 30 you have, but it would be well worth asking about.

If the hull liner isn't structural on your boat, it would make sense to make a larger opening. I'm not a big fan of drawers on boats...

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My bunks on both sides have drawers underneath as well as cut out panels under the cushions to access the drawers and the entire space around the drawers. It's much more convenient that way.
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SD I'm sure the liner overall is part of the my boats structure too. I just mean the bunks don't seem like they would affect much with larger top openings. thanks!

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Denise..

I have drawers under the bunks...want photos?
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Denise,
You don't want photos of Giu's drawers, trust me.
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Hope they aren't down!

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Denise...another idea I saw is instead of drawers...cut out and frame in an opening on top of the space, then put in a larger lywood sheet on hinges that will let you access the entire area under the bunk. Our frieds put an auto- hatchback gas shock mounted on theirs to keep the plywood up easily during access.
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From what I've seen, many lightweight fibreglass and plywood boats use not just the lining but internal furniture (bunks, etc.) also for structural support making layout changes rather dangerous in some cases. (Note: Thankfully my Hartley is not one of them, but the internal stiffening installed instead is something that has to be seen to be believed! )

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Is there any reason to not cut out the top of the bunks and make the cover out of plywood? They don't seem to structral to the boat from what I can tell. Hmmm thinking now...make drawers and let them roll out instead of having to lift the cushions whenever someone needs to get at things?
Our plywood bunks have been designed so the entire top comes off in a series of interlocking (scalloped front/rear) tops - personally I can't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to do the same, so long as you leave the sides and any stiffeners alone and use quality marine ply of reasonable thinkness.

Like SD, I too am not a fan of drawers in the sides of bunks (wow! something we agree on!! ). I can't think of anything much more unneccessary than getting your ankles broken by a loose drawer during a tack in nasty weather!

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Cam Now your talking! Those gas struts aren't too $ either! (had to buy one for my van)

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