Hello, my first post
My wife and I have owned a PSC-34 (yes 34 but similar) for over 4 years and have now done the entire east coast
of the US twice. Given that it is a 1987 boat I have been in the engine
compartment many times. The access to the front of the engine from the main cabin
is excellent. The access by removing the cover in the cockpit floor is quick and very useful, one removes 4 hand operated large flat-topped "nuts" and tips up and ties the cover. You get access to the rest of the engine, transmission
, and packing gland
by stepping down and neiling facing forward at the back of the engine. It is worth trying to see if you can get comfortable. Older folks like me should take extreme care, use padding, and limit duration
our knees, I learned the hard way. Going further aft there is not a lot to worry about but getting to the underside of the steering
quadrant and the cockpit seacocks is difficult and would seem to require going in head
first (aft), possibly suspended from above.
I am fairly satisfied with the access and consider it necessary/a selling feature. One needs access to winterize, diagnose and make repairs
, change oil
..... We have replaced the cockpit gasket
once. In this case the boat seems sufficiently strong despite the "hole in the cockpit", which is to say it seems well engineered with sufficiently heavy construction for which PSCs are known. I would definately have it again.
On rainy weekends we seem to aquire maybe a tablespoon of water
from somewhere which I havent figured out (condensation?). Off-shore we previously took one wave that entirely covered the boat. The diesel
continued running (it should, no ignition) and after considerable inspection
there seems to have been no ill effect (aside: I consider the engine control panel
a vunerability). Overall for me, cockpit access works in a well engineered boat at some modest expense to cost and weight.