Which Deck Door Is Best For Your Boat?
A marine hatch door is simply a hole drilled into a solid surface for the purpose of manually opening and closing. However, the hatch does not open directly to the boat's hull. Rather it provides an entrance point similar to a vehicle hatch back or a car door. This enables the hatchback to be secured for temporary storage or added on during travel.
There are many types of marine hatch doors on the market. It is therefore necessary to identify the type of boat or ship before making a selection. This will ensure that the right type of access door is purchased. The most common type of door is the x 18 marine opening door which is ideal for boats with sleeping cabins.
This type of marine deck access hatch is pre-drilled for installation into a standard boat hole. It is then ready to use. However, it may be pre-drilled in places that may not be accessible for standard boat holes. The standard size for this type of hatch is six inches by six inches.
Another type of boat door is the low profile hatch, designed specifically for use with internal or external flat surfaces. This type of boat door can be used on smooth or rough surfaces and has an anti-lift feature. The low profile hatch, also called a hinged door, includes hinges at the top of each section of the door. These hinges allow the user to gently lift the flap and allow access to the boat interior. The hinged door is made from a variety of materials including aluminum, fiberglass, steel, laminate, wood, melamine and plastics.
Internal Boat hatch doors include those made of wood, fiberglass or melamine. The door frame is made out of either aluminum or galvanized steel. Internal doors for boats with standard entry openings are made with a single thick panel while decks with deeper entries have two thick panels. The exterior hinges for deck access doors are usually made from galvanized aluminum or stainless steel.
An external boat hatch is similar to its internal counterpart, but it is installed on an external beam that supports the entire weight of the boat. It is made of heavy-duty steel for added strength. This type of marine hatch offers several advantages over a standard hatch. Most external models include an aluminum or stainless steel lid, a rubber or plastic seal, and a polyester or nylon cover. Many models also include a locking system for securing the hatch between the boat bed and the deck. There is also an option to install side access hatches for getting access to the boat bed.
The other main type of boat access hatch is the marine deck access hatch. These types are usually installed on the boat bottom just below the waterline. They do not use a rubber seal like other models. Instead, they use a marine access door with a rubber seal that is attached to a decking unit that runs through the whole hatch opening. This type of hatch also uses a locking system to secure the lid between the boat bed and the deck.
A heavy duty lid is required in heavy duty hatch boat models. These models often have a track system for sliding open and closed. This is similar to how conventional doors work. The track is mounted on a hinge located on the outside of the lid and it is operated by the same mechanism as in conventional model. A heavy duty lid made of fiberglass or melamine is the most recommended lid material. Lid installation may be facilitated by using the following materials such as polystyrene, corrugated fiberglass, or melamine: