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Flipping the forward Hatch around?

Jan 19, 2010
9,955
Hunter 26 Charleston
Hello Balboa 26 sailors....

So I have a question. Have any of you switched the hinges on your forward hatch so that it opens forward instead of to aft?

We were tied up at a Marina on Tangier Island last summer and we had a nice stiff breeze blowing from forward but to get any air down into the boat, I had to take off the hinges for the forward hatch. So I'm thinking I'd rather just switch it so that it opens forward. Any good reason not to do this?

I guess I'm curious as to why anyone would want the hatch to open aft in the first place? Unless it was so it would close on a breaking sea but.... I don't sail with my hatch open anyway.

If you got some insights that I've overlooked, please share....

r
 
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Joe

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Jun 1, 2004
7,416
Catalina 27 Mission Bay, San Diego
I don't sail a Balboa 26, but by Catalina 27's forward hatch opens facing forward. At least one other Balboa 26 owners has done it.... you can always switch it back.
 
Jul 27, 2011
4,529
Bavaria 38E Alamitos Bay
Boarding seas forward might break open the hatch if facing forward even if secured. Get a wind funnel to ventilate below at anchor or in the slip.
 
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Jan 1, 2006
6,000
Slickcraft 26 Greenport, NY
I don't think I've sailed on a boat with an aft facing hatch. Doesn't make it right but I've only heard of a handful of boats which have lost the hatch. Not none. But I would think you could use the heaviest hardware you need to be comfortable.
I would really want that breeze at anchor.
 
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Squidd

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Sep 26, 2011
890
AMF Alcort Paceship PY26 Washburn Wi. Apostle Islands
My PY26 hatch opens forward (hinges on aft) Been like that for 35 years...
 
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Jan 19, 2010
9,955
Hunter 26 Charleston
Yeah that is what I'm thinking too.... I've have tried the wind scoop and it works okay but much better when I took the hatch off.

Sold.... I'm turning it around.

r
 
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Oct 22, 2014
15,874
CAL 35 Cruiser moored EVERETT WA
KG has the right idea if you sail in Oceans or swell/waves that come aboard the bow.

The wind catcher will help to capture that cooling breeze. Note when you capture the breeze there is likely no waves to drench you.

The power of boarding water can open your hatch. The open hatch and filling water can lead to sinking your boat.

As always it is your boat and you know the risks in the water you sail.