Here at the aft end of the salon, we have the stairs going down to the lazarette or crew quarters, depending on how the boat is configured. This shot is of another hull, not Mahalo.
What you see there at left and up top is a closing "door" setup. When we were underway on the spec hull, I asked HYG's Scott Hauck to show me how it closed. It's a nice bit of engineering, but is a bit "fiddly." (Love that English word,...) You also have to move the chair at right out of the way to open or close the "doors."
Although the Hamptons are very quiet boats, closing this door off did make a noticeable difference in the salon noise level when underway.
That's when we decided we would ask the factory to design and build a door at the bottom of the stairs instead. In previous blog posts you have seen how in our December 2017 we jointly designed the door and the laz space. Here's that door in the completed laz space.
Having the door here also means if I'm generating any smells working in the laz or engine room they don't have to go up into the salon.
I took this shot at the factory in during our may visit. You can see that eliminating the previous door mechanism opens up the space, and we were also able to build some handy little shelves into that cabinet. It's great working with a builder that has this flexibility.