I posted the aft companionway question on the Whitby Facebook page and got a number of great responses. I also got one phone call and one e-mail from owners who either don't trust FB or are on the witness protection program. I expect to get at least one reply written on papyrus, delivered by a man with a split stick, such is the diversity of our owners group. To all I say thank you.
The lack of consensus breaks down as follows;
- Owners who love and use the act companionway and scoot up and down with impunity.
- Owners who have removed the ladder, installed temporary steps and use the existing companionway as an escape hatch and for ventilation.
- A small number who have blanked off the companionway and installed a standard hatch, even one Brewer 44 which I believe was factory ordered this way.
As usual the Whitby/Brewer lives up to her reputation as a "A many-faceted boat"
These are photos from Rich and Carol Middleton's boat CREOLA (Thanks for the input Rich and Carol)