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You guys with the rearward opening hatches, how do you squirrel a spinnaker without it getting caught on the hatch or you (the forepeak man) inadvertently stepping on the lens and breaking the hatch? I have done take-downs in squalls with a forward opening hatch without a problem and the vast majority of water down the hatch was rain.
George, not everybody stuffs their chute down the forward hatch. Ours is in a sock, gets bagged on deck and goes in a cockpit locker.

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You guys with the rearward opening hatches, how do you squirrel a spinnaker without it getting caught on the hatch or you (the forepeak man) inadvertently stepping on the lens and breaking the hatch? I have done take-downs in squalls with a forward opening hatch without a problem and the vast majority of water down the hatch was rain.
Agree..100%

George, most here are cruisers, they play the whole sea safe stuff...makes sense for them..

I, if I was oceanic sailing I would too..but am not, and up/down goes the spi thru the forward hatch..for me hinged at the front, both of them, including the salon one...obviously why..

Tye little side windows close from out to in.
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Agree..100%

George, most here are cruisers, they play the whole sea safe stuff...makes sense for them..

I, if I was oceanic sailing I would too..but am not, and up/down goes the spi thru the forward hatch..for me hinged at the front, both of them, including the salon one...obviously why..

Tye little side windows close from out to in.
Hey Giu,
If it's (your hatches) hinged at the front doesn't it open aft? I'm sorry. I think I misunderstand something here.

Opening aft would snag a chute at a mark rounding with a quick raise...right?

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Craig, THANKS!!

Sorry they open towards the front, hinges are at back, thanks for the correction.

I also have a long fore deck for obvious reasons

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Cool.

That's the way I'm set up too. I like it. Now I need to buy a chute. heh.

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Speaking as a CRUISER...I prefer my hatches front opening just like Giu's.
1. You get WAY better air circulation at anchor.
2. All this talk about waves pooping the hatch are bunk. You keep the damn hatch dogged on passage. That's why you have dorades!!

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That's fine, Cam, but not exactly bunk. Just as you'd design a watertight door on a ship to be pushed shut by a boarding sea you'd probably design a sailboat's hatch to be forced closed versus forced open by a sea taken. In neither case would you consider that open was the desired condition. But regulations as well as practices allow for certain mental lapses as well.
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That's fine, Cam, but not exactly bunk. Just as you'd design a watertight door on a ship to be pushed shut by a boarding sea you'd probably design a sailboat's hatch to be forced closed versus forced open by a sea taken. In neither case would you consider that open was the desired condition. But regulations as well as practices allow for certain mental lapses as well.

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Leave Cam alone..he is right....or did you forget his boat sails backwards??
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Speaking as a CRUISER...I prefer my hatches front opening just like Giu's.
1. You get WAY better air circulation at anchor.
2. All this talk about waves pooping the hatch are bunk. You keep the damn hatch dogged on passage. That's why you have dorades!!

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Winnebago hatches open at the aft end. Just sayin'. For the record. (Aw shyte, what have I gotten myself into now?)
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