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Hatches facing backwards???

Hi all;

Got three spankin' new hatches ready to go onto our boat this weekend. In The Cruising Encyclopedia by Steve Dashew, the author states that cabin airflow is increased by mounting the forward hatch facing BACKWARDS, so that the raised lid is facing the bow.

His reasoning, and he has done this so it is not just speculation, is that with the companionway open, a draft is created as wind at anchor moves over the boat. He believes that this created more air movement in the cabin then having the hatch open forward, as most boats do.

Anyone ever do this, or want to give their opinion?

Thanks,
Chris

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