Ryan & Bill,
Ryan, I'd appreciate a copy of the companionway door plans you mentioned...or are they in the Photos or Files section? I searched but did not find.
I take it your sawcut was parallel to the door on the inner side of the track? Did you make the cut on the Starboard side? When the sawcut went all the way through was it clear of the interior wood paneling? Did you need to remove the trim for the ceiling vinyl?