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post #4 of Old 05-01-2008
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Maybe, but I'm skeptical. Our forward hatch faces forward ( by which I mean the forward edge opens up and pivots up and back), and the flow of air at anchor is down through that hatch and out the companionway. In really hot weather or when the breeze is light, we supplement it with a windscoop.

It might work if you anchored off the stern, and used the dodger as the windscoop. Also, when sailing with the trade winds, the wind DOES come down in through the companionway. But even in these scenarios, you'd still want the forward hatch facing forward to improve out-flow.

Our hatch is reversible (i.e. it can open forward or backward). But the only time we open it backward is if we are anchored and it is raining, or in a slip to get a breeze that is coming from astern.

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