Considering some bigger access hatches for storage

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Chumpy36
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Considering some bigger access hatches for storage

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I really need to make use of all the storage I can manage as I'm a pack rat and like spares and tools on hand.

I'm considering enlarging two areas to make putting in some rubbermaid bins easier.

Under the starboard side settee, and in the v berth area as well as a new hatch on the bulkhead near the head door.

My thought was to make the existing hatch openings bigger and put in a larger hatch over that entire area but was wondering if I would get too much flex or have any structural issues.

Thoughts?


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I’ve found that the boats become dogged out if you put too much stuff on them. Mine really has more storage than weight carrying ability.

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Re: Considering some bigger access hatches for storage

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I installed three hatches for easier access


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I had to add a wedge shim on the bottom of the two bigger hatches as the port side storage wall curves down near the floor

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this smaller one I installed on the left side of the sliding Galley

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Hope this gives u some idea,s as to what u can do , I got these hatches on sale for like 2/3 off because they had some cosmetic imperfections was a sweet deal & the colour matches the cushions pretty good

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Fabricated a hutch on the galley for more usable space & storage
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Re: Considering some bigger access hatches for storage

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Chumpy36 wrote: Sun May 26, 2024 5:22 pm I really need to make use of all the storage I can manage as I'm a pack rat and like spares and tools on hand.

I'm considering enlarging two areas to make putting in some rubbermaid bins easier.

Under the starboard side settee, and in the v berth area as well as a new hatch on the bulkhead near the head door.

My thought was to make the existing hatch openings bigger and put in a larger hatch over that entire area but was wondering if I would get too much flex or have any structural issues.

Thoughts?


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Door under the V-berth is great. No need to move cushions to access.

Here's my mod for that:
https://macgregorsailors.com/mods/index ... em&id=2151

I also made another hatch next to the existing one at the galley bench. I did do some reinforcement around that.
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Re: Considering some bigger access hatches for storage

Post by OverEasy »

Hi Highlander!

Nice work!
We like your approach!

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