i have just joined, I don’t have a canal boat persay but I do have a sailing boat berthed up in the Scottish Islands..
i am trying to help a friend out she has recently bought a Hallmark 40ft as a liveaboard, she is now finding problems with it..
the previous owner put over the engine hatch ( situated on the stern deck.. ) a plywood hatch cover, not even marine ply.. not surprisingly it has collapsed.. I will be making a temporary hatch out of marine ply to fit in the hole.. but should it be a metal hinged hatch and is this something that has to be specially fabricated or can it be bought of the shelf?
many thanks, look forward to some assistance on this..
PS I will, I think be looking in 3-4 yrs time to move into the canals, and it will be interesting to help with things like this..