Hatch and exhaust advice
I hope I don't blow it by asking a couple of questions, but heck, it if gets some interesting discussion going, let's do it.
1st question - We need to install a ladder from the back porch up through the flush deck. This involves installing a hatch. I can't quite find the size and it is hard to tell what the opening should be without getting on another boat with a similar situation and taking some measurements. Would 24" by 24" be big enough for folks to get through comfortably? I don't think I would put the ladder through the opening without it being removable (why have a hatch cover then).
2nd question - The dry exhaust is naturally a bit loud on the upper deck, it has a slant halfway up the pipe from the base and the opening is just over 6' off the deck by a few inches. I'm tempted to raise the exhaust up, so the outlet isn't pointed(ish) at your head when you are on the deck behind it. Also - is the slant even necessary, what if it was straight up with a flapper or other way to keep the rain at bay? The sound would then be projected up.
Thanks all in advance on your experience with these things.