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Old 10-19-2013, 05:11 PM   #14
gwkiwi
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City: Juno Beach, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Takes Two
Vessel Model: Defever 49 RPH
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 500
I believe there are many ways to slice the proverbial tomato but we just returned from a good 4 day trip and are getting ready to head south later this week.

I dont mind lifting the hatch in the galley to climb 4 steps down to the engine room to do my 90 min engine checks with IR gun, flashlight and earmuffs on.

My wife can see me on the chartplotter engine room camera and I also have that on my favorite with sounder and active chart on screen most of the time.

Would I prefer a door off the master etc yes I would but for me its all about cost and benefit I would not spend 100K more on a boat just because it came with an engine room door.

We all know that you never get everything you want in a used boat so its a matter of choice and for us the adventure of living aboard and cruising is more important than owning a boat we have to make payments on and cant afford to leave the dock.
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