The Hood 38 was built in two forms, the MKI and MKII. The MKI was the earlier form and I cannot comment on how the propane
locker might be set up. In my MKII, the locker is a proper ABYC locker that is sealed and has an overboard
discharge. It is big enough to hold two 10lb tanks
, depending on the tanks
(long skinny, short fat...there are a couple different types).
The locker is its own unit, bolted into the starboard cockpit
locker. You could easily change it to another one that would hold larger tanks. Should be no issue at all. Many boat stores have propane
lockers that you could replace the original with, if you wanted more storage
. Plenty of space in the cockpit
locker to put in a larger propane locker, if you wished to.
All hulls were solid glass, very strong. No problems with blisters
Keels are part of the hull
, not bolt on and are filled with lead ballast.
You can read about the deck construction in Practical Boat Buyer. It is very good. 4 inch squares of end grain balsa were dipped in resin and then laid down and glassed in. Thus, any water
intrusion could only go so far.
All models could be had with teak
decks or not. The deck on Invictus is glass and was never a teak deck
. To my knowledge, no one has had any issues with their teak decks.
AND....best place to stay in Stuart would be Sunset Bay Marina.
Hope this helps