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I don't know about you guy's If i sailed with the forward hatch open either forward or backwards I would catch my jib sheets on it. At anchor I do prefer the the hatch opens "backwards" as you say with the hinges faces aft.
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I would never sail the boat with the forward hatch open, either foreward or aft facing. At anchor, it is highly unlikely you will get green water over the bow!
is there difference between green and yellow water? i keep an empty bucket in the head but every time i go in there it has yellow water
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is there difference between green and yellow water? i keep an empty bucket in the head but every time i go in there it has yellow water
I'd recommend then doing the number 1 at the stern and not the bow
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It doesn't make a damn difference....

I have it open forward to better pass the sails to the deck, off course...

If I am at anchor it also helps get the wind inside...
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Something else to keep in mind: Which way the forrard hatch opens will to some extent depend on the design of the boat.

With a significant cabin with a forward-sloping front (like ours), the hatch is mounted on a near 45-degree angle and must open at the front. If it opened towards the rear, every time it rained, I'd have to shut the hatch and it would also be a danger to anyone walking on deck who could easily put their foot down the gap between the edge of the hatch and the coaming and injure themselves.

If the deck is nearly flat I don't suppose it matters, but in practice this isn't necesarily the case - for cruising yachts anyways.
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Hey...I just had an idea...

install them sideways..one opens to port, the other one to stabd

the third one, lock it...you already have too many holes in the boat...
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Hey...I just had an idea...

install them sideways..one opens to port, the other one to stabd

the third one, lock it...you already have too many holes in the boat...
Great idea, Giu...assuming you have a big enough boat! I suppose you could sell you one you've got, buy an Oyster and cut that up and let us know how well it works!

I've got the same proble with the Anchor Well hatch: Should that open forward or back or sideways?? I couldn't decide so I have no hatch..
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Hey...I just had an idea...install them sideways..one opens to port, the other one to stabd
Not a new idea.... that's just the way my 2 on top of the pilothouse open - with the hinges inboard. The 3 on the forward cabin are hinged in the front with the idea of allowing them to be open while under way without scooping in spray and in fact blocking it. They have no telescoping hold up just a securing spring loaded folding upright with multiple holes for adjustment from 20 to 80 degrees. They all open a full 180 degrees so when wanted at dock or anchor there is no air restriction in any direction.
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Ok, Lots of interesting banter, but not much discussion about the question, at least the way I thought I asked it.

So some more clarification. Roller furling, so no hauling of sails. I won't ever have this hatch open while sailing, at least not unless it is really light calm conditions.

The question was, with the hinges forward, hatch open 90 degrees and the companionway open (under a dodger) would the airflow at ANCHOR (again, not sailing, for you speed readers) be better, then having the opening of the hatch facing forward.

This is a Lewmar Ocean 60 hatch, and is level with the deck.\, raise a few inches.
Here is a photo of the old hatch, in the original orientation.





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