There's a ton I love about my 1977 C&C 34
, but one of the things I'm not crazy about is the amount of ambient light in the cabin
. A previous owner actually installed two hatches on either side of the cabintop, just forward of the traveler, in an attempt to let in more light.
I was looking at the classic diagram of the C&C 34
and it clearly shows a rather large hatch
just aft of the mast
I wondered if this was ever done on any boats but couldn't find anything until earlier today I saw this picture on a 2011 listing for a C&C
34 called Relentless out of Chicago:
looks to be a different size/shape than on the diagram, and as it's the only one I've found I expect it's aftermarket. However, seeing that it can be done has given me encouragement to make it happen on my boat, but I wanted to talk to folks here and see what everybody thought. Questions:
1) Have any C&C
34 owners done this already?
2) Can anyone think of a compelling reason why I should definitely not pursue this? Am I asking for trouble cutting a sizable hole in the deck
of the boat? Do I weaken or compromise it in any way (aside from the standard concern of water
3) How would you go about doing this? My current
plan would be to cut from the bottom through the headliner
first to inspect the deck
and make sure it's good to cut.
Here's a picture of my boat:
You can see the two aftermarket hatches already installed just forward of the traveler. They do a nice job of giving a little more light, especially when open. I've outlined roughly where I would install the new hatch in green. I would remove the unused deck hardware
(I'm planning on using it on the starboard cabintop as part of a running rigging
overhaul). We presently don't have a boom vang
installed and we'll be adding one this season, so the hatch would be installed so it opened facing rearward.
What do you folks think?