‘Metal Man’ arrived to do the cutting and construction. He was from a boat called Arc Angel so at least we are using boating business. By the end of his first day he had the new runners welded on, the hole enlarged and the new hatch from Reeves boat builders had arrived. He used a grinding wheel to cut out the metal and even that generated enough heat to burn the foam insulation. We had to abandon ship in case the arsenic fumes generated got into the boat. Once finished we were happy with the outcome.
The hatch is much easier to move and we can stand upright when getting out.