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I have this small 17 ft day sailer with a quasy cabin up front. this spring I want to add a hatch to the foredeck for fore to aft ventitlation and also put a floor in the quasy cabin so I can overnight in their in lieu of a boom tent. My idea is to create a frame inside where I can screw down plywood for the floor. I would make storage spaces under the floor also. I don't want to glass in the floor as I want to be able to readily pull it up for any maintenance that may be need under it. I would like some ideas on constructing the framing. I was thinking of a beam going fore and aft with one end attaching to the mast anchor and the other glassed in to the stern point. them go off to the sides fore and aft with lateral beams. Any ideas?

 

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I'm sure it not the answer you want, but it sounds to me like its time to trade up to a little weekender.
 

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be happy to but storage is an issue. where I live I have to be able to keep it out of site. For now this will do
 

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Think carefully about what you want to do. If you make storage spaces under the foredeck you may be tempted to store stuff there. After you store stuff there you will be tempted to store more stuff there as well. Be VERY mindful of what the impact on the longitudinal center of gravity will be. If your not careful you could make a fun little day sailor the boat from hell
 

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I am just looking to get the first aid kit and such stowed. The storage will be minimal. Primarily beside the occasional overnight I want to make some use of wasted space.
 

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Google "duckboards." Relatively cheap and easy to make. Also google "tick stick" to make a tool to figure out the contours of your fo'c'sle, so that your duckboards will fit. You can do it in a weekend, for less than $100, and spend the rest of the summer camp-cruising. Post your results in the "low-buck projects" thread.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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