I have a Starwind 27. It's very similar in layout and design to a Catalina
All of the benches, v-berth, etc. are molded into the liner. They all have access panels
on top. However, you have to lift
the large V-berth cushions
or sofa cushions
and the heavy sofa pull-out section just to access the wooden panels
that then also must be pulled up to get to anything you might have stored in these areas.
is a big problem on this boat. Aside from the underseat storage
, there's an open shelf behind each seat, a small cupboard and one cabinet in the galley
Closing up the shelves behind the seats is going to make the boat seem smaller, but it will provide more secure stowage, a cleaner looking interior
, and doesn't affect the structure in any way. It's on my list of things to do this season.
I'd really like to cut open the fiberglass
on the front of my starboard couch and put sliding doors in for faster underseat access. However, someone told me that the integrity of the liner was key to keeping the boat afloat if it started taking on water
. I don't want to start cutting if it will collapse the couch or make me sink. Does anyone have any input on whether or not this is risky? (FYI, the water
tank is under the port couch, so there's no reason to open that side.)
The V-berth has a cut-out area with an access panel to the bilge pump
, transducer, etc. However, to get to head
through-hulls you have to move the cushions and pull out a big fiberglass
storage container. I'm thinking I would just cut out part of the V-berth in that front access area, so I could get to everything from the front, and then put a cabinet door across the current
open area to create a storage cabinet. Again, is this maximizing use of space or is it a bad idea to cut on the V-berth?
Thanks for any feedback.