Pat and I always found the "drawer" under
the V-berth almost useless. In addition, in order to
access the V-berth storage space, you had to remove
mattress. Despite this, the drawer or drawer frame was
always in the way. Also, those 2 "cul-de-sacs"
on each side of the V-berth storage between the side
bulkheads and hull were difficult to get at.
Furthermore, cold water on the hull caused condensation
to form in the compartment causing high humidity which
predisposed to mold! Because of ALL of the above, I
decided to install louvered doors to increase access to
this storage areas and at the same time solve (at least
partially) the humidity problem.
Weal Sea, #1289
Installation of Louvered Doors to Access V-Berth
In order to (1) improve access to the storage area
under the V-berth as well as (2) increase the
ventilation and (3) decrease the humidity caused by hull
condensation in this compartment, I installed four
12”x12” louvered teak doors. Two of these doors
replaced the standard “drawer” in the forward
bulkhead under the V-berth. The remaining doors provided
access to the “cul-de sacs” off the main compartment
on the port and starboard sides of the stateroom. Using
self-closing cabinet hinges eliminated the need for door
latches. The series of photos shown here illustrate the
Original hole in forward bulkhead under V-berth
after removal of the standard drawer.
Holes cut in forward bulkhead and port side
bulkhead of stateroom to accommodate new doors. A
door hole was also cut in the starboard side
bulkhead (not seen in photo).
A piece of the bulkhead removed from one of the
side bulkheads was trimmed and fiberglassed-in the
forward bulkhead to fill-in the gap between the
Louvered doors installed.
Last modified by Phil Imhof, Wednesday, August 11, 2004
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