Sunday, 21 May 2017
Port side settee stowage access
A 9600 lb racer-cruiser has limited stowage for even short cruises with more than 2 people.
One of the things I dislike about the 33-2 is the way the port side fold-out double berth impedes access to the only large stowage area in the boat. In the pretty drawings, they don't show that the under the starboard settee resides only the fresh water tank, under the V-berth resides only the holding tank, and under half of the quarter berth resides one small locker and two batteries in a difficult to access locker. The port settee is available for stowage, BUT the drop leaf table must be dropped, the seat cushions removed, and the berth extension folded out before you can lift the covers to access the stowage. A nuisance! Also, it's all one big compartment so the reserve beer and wine can crush the reserve potato chips. (Apparently the water tank was moved to this side on later production years.)
I wanted more convenient access to this settee locker, so I decided to add some hatches as you see in the photo. I chose Tempress 1115 (11" X 15") slam hatches. There are others, but these are: "as functional as they are stylish"
See below for photos, fairly self explanatory. I used a bimetal holesaw, and my fein multimaster with a circular bimetal blade. Next step will be a simple barrier between the two compartments.
In future the chips will meet the beer only at the time and place of my choosing!