Innovative deck hatch eliminates trip hazard

For a long time, one of the greatest trip hazards on a yacht has been the deck hatch. The hatches are in place, to allow access to the lower compartments of the hull, but are often placed in a high foot traffic area, which can be highly dangerous. P&W Marine Engineers have designed a hatch that solves this problem.

The innovative deck hatch is a culmination of ideas stemming from years of research with boat builders and operators alike.

The hatches are constructed from high quality, marine grade aluminium CC601 and 316 SS and are welded into the deck perfectly flush. The weld in section of the hatch is cast in either aluminium or steel to suit the vessel construction material.

The secret to the perfectly flush hatch, is the operating mechanism to open the hatch. As opposed to ordinary hatches that have a large handle on top, which pool water and cause trip hazards or snag hazards for ropes, the P&W Marine Engineers hatch has no protrusion or concave sections. A stainless steel key is used on the hatch lid, which is kept separate to the hatch. It turns the almost hidden stainless steel hex in the middle of the hatch lid to operate the locking mechanism.

Tommy Ericson, general manager of Aluminium Boats Australia agreed, “This new hatch has resulted in a great solution which we can confidently fit to our new construction and refit projects knowing the owner & operator will appreciate the time and effort invested in the design process for many years to come.”

To further the ease of use for the operator, the hatch is hinged and once partially opened, will hold itself open with two marine grade stainless steel gas struts. This eliminates hatches accidentally closing, whilst people are using them, even in rough seas.

For more information visit P&W Marine Engineers.

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