In reply to 'Josier' (John F). The hatch
layout as chosen on our own boat Spirited One (the prototype) was trialled on this boat. To correct you, the original engine hatch
design (single hatch) to date as included in our plans has been very successfull.
I see a comment further on querying the choice of using clutches on the mainsheet system. My view is simple, and I agree with Sparohok (Martin) who suggests that it is up to the skipper
to use their judgement in this respect. If in gusty conditions I always advise to sail conservatively ie: reef down to limit healing/overpowering. On the Spirited 380, the clutches can be left off if required, leaving the sheet on the winch
for easy dumping. Even though the main and traveller share a winch
each side, if racing/manning the sheets
you can tend to the main from one winch and the traveller from the other.
Hope this clarifies?