Mackinaw cuddy modification

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  1. Power

    Power Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone done or seen a Mackinaw with the cuddy section that can be locked up? I'm thinking of fabricating a door/bulkhead that can be locked, separating the v berth from the rest of the boat. It would be two fold. Privacy for sleeping on board and for locking gear up.
    Jeff
     
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    Skagitnative Well-Known Member

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    Interesting I will be following. Seems like it would make it an even tighter space in the v berth but nice to lock up gear!
     
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    Rusty Rod Well-Known Member

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    I think Holty converted his. He should be along shortly.

    If not, do a search for his post. I'm sure you'll find something.
     
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    Yeah, Holty did a good job of it. Wish this had come as a standard option on the Mack
     
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    Yes I did this mod many moons ago when I owned the Mack. The head cabinet was removed (had to be cut out with sawzall) and the port a potty turned 90Degrees to face toward center. The entire console was raised about 4". A dash was fabricated from side to side with a sliding door and double hinged top to close V berth area. I did it for the same reasons you want. More head room, privacy to change clothes, lockable storage and plenty of space to use the port a potty. Removal of the head cabinet allowed for a huge V berth area and added storage. 1/2"Starboard was used for the bulkhead, door and hinged door top. 3/4 plywood covered with formica and trimmed with teak was used on the dash. Had many compliments on the mod in all the years we owned the Mack. The year before this mod I removed the rear cabin bulkhead which really made this boat. If you search my posts you may find pictures. If not you can PM me your cell number as I think I still have pics on my phone from when I sold her.

    regards Holty
     
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    Holty Well-Known Member

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    I sent Damon a bunch of pics a few months back. Maybe he can post them.

    regards Holty
     
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    Damon Well-Known Member Supporting Captain

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    Here they are!

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    Thanks Damon. A lot of work over the years but a blast doing it. Now my sister enjoys owning her.

    regards Holty
     
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    Great job. I especially like the extendable shade over the cockpit. By any chance do you remember where you picked that up from?
     
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    I had my canvas guy sew a Sunbrella panel for me and I took it from there. It could be set up in a few minutes and was stable at cruise speeds. When not in use it rolled up with its poles and was stored in the V bunk. I wanted a shade with no rear poles or ties that would interfere with fishing. I made another for my present 30 Mainship Pilot with the same design.

    regards Holty
     

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