Opening the companionway hatch from the inside can be troublesome. We found a way to make it much easier. We went to our local Big-Box home improvement store and bought a stainless steel drawer handle. We removed the teak trim from the outside of the hatch and mounted the handle as you would to a drawer. We had to drill a small divot for the bolt heads in the teak trim, then replaced it.
For other modifications we done to Pretty Girl, see our PINTREST page.