, especially on a relatively low freeboard, wet boat like yours, is as near to a necessity as anything. Yep, they can interfere with vision and with access to the companionway
, but protection from the elements and from the occasional greeny that comes over the bow are easily worth the inconvenience.
Further, since they are custom made and fitted to each boat, the chances of selling it are pretty slim.
So, another vote for keeping it!
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Morning Cove, NSW, Oz