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I would venture to say that MOST production boats have their forward hatches set with the hinges aft so that they work as wind scoops in that manner. The ideal setup is like JRPs where you have the option.
The "hinge forward, aft opening" is generally considered an offshore installation, the rationale being that a wave will tend to close the hatch, and hopefully minimize the water going below. (sorry - obviously stating the obvious)
We have two hatches forward of the mast, the lower foredeck hatch has hinges fwd, the one in the cabin top has hinges aft and acts as a ventilation scoop.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)