Join Date: May 2013
Location: glen burnie, md
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Re: sliding hatch or hinged hatch?
no. i have no intention to race. just cruise.
i am not planning on a conversion. the hatch was missing when i got the boat....well, most of it was missing. i made a new one to replace the old. i don't know if you remember my boat but it has a 'convertable' pop top. 5' headroom when down. 6.5' when up. i don't need more than 5'8" since i am 5'7" but i get tired of stooping for the 5' roof.
since the weather has been nice, i have been propping the pop top up 8" to see how it would be. i say propping because the pop top hardware is missing. anyhow, it's great to be able to stand up. it's even easier going below, with the top up 8". and it doesn't look bad, either. the full 6.5" extension wouldn't look good. i've seen pics of the tops of these popped. anyhow, the opening created by lifting the top that 8" is perfectly in line of eyesight and it gives great ventilation to the boat.
i was already planning on doing a permanent coach roof before but, now that i have been popping the top that 8" i am positive i am doing it. and i'm going to put portlights in it, also some actual opening portholes for ventilation.
i was just going to replicate the pop top's hatch opening, when i make the coach roof, and use the hatch i already made but, i wanted to make sure it wouldn't be better to build it with a sliding hatch before i actually do it rather than discover it after it's done. measure twice and cut once.
if i was just planning to daysail or race, i'd let the pop top alone but, i intend on cruising and sleeping on the boat. that 5' headroom is already a pain in the back and i've only had to deal with it while working on the boat. it'll only be a bigger pain when your trying to actually live on it...even for just a weekend.
The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do.---Captain Jack Sparrow
1971 Cal 27
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