Originally Posted by rbyham
As I consider moving from my current motorsailer to a trawler I find the basic MT34 hits many of my "needs" except for one. I would so like to have a sundeck. I realize I could bump up a league and look for an MT or other brand that has a sundeck but I also have a question for this forum. Has anyone taken the trunk aft cabin of the MT34 and built a sundeck over top? It would seem fairly easy to remove handrail and then build up sides and deck from there. Some simple framing, plywood and then glassing would seem to be workable. Has this been done before? Thanks...
It can be done. I have seen it done on at least one boat, as we have the sedan version of that boat, so one notices these things. It was here out in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, however, and I did not get a photo of it. Now I wish I had.
They had clearly stripped out the original cabin walls and deck surrounding, then rebuilt it so the aft cabin went right to the sides & stern of the hull, and then built a covered sundeck on top. They would have had to sacrificed the entire lazaret however, and it wouldn't be a cheap conversion. How deep are your pockets..?
I suggest saving a bit more and getting a purpose built 36 footer made that way would be the better option really.