A checklist to see if you can easily see, service and remove key components
The importance of having access to the inside of your hull for maintenance and emergencies.
The need for an accessible list of emergency procedures. Thoughts on stopping boat-threatening leaks, including making a "diaper", selecting an array of bilge pumps. Sidebar on how to prepare to be rescued by helicopter.
When buying a boat, the inability to get at equipment freely is one of "the little things that add up to big dollars." The author, a yacht surveyor, lists the systems that are hard to reach on some boats.
Advantages and how-to's of building an integral water tank into your hull. 2 pages with diagram.