I had a P30 for several years, and will tell you that unless you are a contortionist getting work done will be painful! Fortuately the A4 if forgiving. So...
1) I emphatically endorse modding the engine compartment to facilitate access.
2) There is nothing on a boat that can't be hacked.
3) Never mind your current
assessment of your skill. You will become an expert in the P30 in no time.
If I may tell you what I wanted
to do prior to moving away and selling the P30:
The portside quarter berth: The settee/berth extends underneath the cockpit
and aside the engine compartment. It was an idea to cut out the fiberglass
bench and install a removable wooden bench. This would've permitted removing the bench, climbing into that part of the boat and setting up shop to work on some pretty important A4 guts - fuel pump
, carb, etc. It is not clear if the bench provides structural support in this part of the hull
. I suspect it doesn't.
The lazarette: It can be organized to permit
you easy access to the starter & alternator
Put an access hatch
in the cockpit
sole that permits access to the dipstick and distributor. Also lets needed light in.
And, yes, for your idea of making the galley
and step parts
removable, 100% would do. Our steps & panels underneath the sink were easily removable. I spent many hours jammed in there basically laying on the engine block bent up like a Picasso before we realized that the panels just came right-the-hell-out! Silly me
My shoulders still hurt from time spent trying to reinstall a fuel pump
in a P30.
Anyway - my $0.02. I look forward to hearing what you do!