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    Default Which way should my door swing?

    I was Showing off my newly fitted door on my mini tug when I had it pointed out that it probably should swing out and not in, is this really a thing? I can understand the arguments for and against but I'd like some other opinions.
    Swinging in means it's against the inside of the back wall and out of the way whereas swinging out would see it encroaching into my already small cockpit area.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mermod View Post
    Swinging in means it's against the inside of the back wall and out of the way whereas swinging out would see it encroaching into my already small cockpit area.
    Mine slides, but if it's out of the way when swung in, I'd definitely leave it that way. Doing tug stuff, you don't want a door in the way.

    And what good is a tug, if you don't do tug stuff ? Don't forget the tires ! Pushing things is half the fun

    p.s. If you're still in building mode ? Add a nice 6" x 6" to backup the stem. It'll make you feel better when you bonk into stuff.

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    Which way would you like it to swing?
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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    It's easier to make the door fully weather tight if it swings out. In practice, a mini tug is not meant to operate in conditions where that ultimate difference makes much practical difference.

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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    From a safety point of view I think I would have the door open inward: If you capsize the water pressure might help you open the door. I assume you have the fuel tank close to the outboard, so in case of fire you want to get away from the source fast and get the extinguisher, which should be stored a save or safe(?) distance away from the fuel which would be in the cabin. Depending on your circumstances and use, other scenarios might apply and indicate otherwise.

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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    Talisman’s cabin doors swing out - but they have lift off hinges to put them away while sailing.

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    For whatever reason my head went straight to this scene from "Captain Ron"

    Exit doors on public buildings are supposed to open "out" so they aren't in the way if a mass exodus is occurring, though doors on private residences usually swing in.

    In nautical terms, I would probably be thinking about getting out of the cabin in a hurry rather than in and the case of a wave coming over and crashing against the door the frame stands a better chance at keeping things in place than a relatively flimsy latch. But as it is already built I say just roll with it as-is.
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    I don't think it really matters much aboard a boat such as you describe, as long as the door can be readily opened when more than one person is in the cabin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ufi73 View Post
    From a safety point of view I think I would have the door open inward: If you capsize the water pressure might help you open the door. I assume you have the fuel tank close to the outboard, so in case of fire you want to get away from the source fast and get the extinguisher, which should be stored a save or safe(?) distance away from the fuel which would be in the cabin. Depending on your circumstances and use, other scenarios might apply and indicate otherwise.

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    Swing-in is what I first imagined as the more important direction if you hit something hard, hole the hull, and need to leave Dodge in a hurry.

    Fire from fuel leak/ ignition of course is the other big concern.. but assuming you are running an outboard, and you keep the tank outside the bilge/ cabin, the time saved in swing-out is sort of moot.

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    In these trans-anything days, your door can swing however it wants.

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    Ian's sage wisdom notwithstanding, I belong to the "swing out" school of thought. Getting out is a lot more important than getting in when you really have to get out of a boat in an emergency. Collisions often spring things and can make doors and hatches jam hard. If you have to apply force to a door to get it open, you want to be on the side of the door that swings away from you so you can put your shoulder into it. You don't want to go down with the ship while futilely yanking on a door knob.

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    you want to be on the side of the door that swings away from you so you can put your shoulder into it. You don't want to go down with the ship while futilely yanking on a door knob.
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    If it swings out it will be harder for a bear to crash thru in the middle of the night.

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    I understand that door openings in is a thing, though I've never experiensed it, living in a civilized country.
    I read somewhere that in the US it was enforced to make the doors swing in because it would make it easier for the police to kick in the doors.
    Personally I'd never make a door open inwards.

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    Having an inswinging door allows one to have an outswinging storm door. It also facilitates opening the door after a big snow storm. Of course that's not much help if the storm door is in place for the winter.

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    On a tiny boat or a boat with a tiny cabin I’d want a door that slides. Anything else is just asking to be in the way when it’s least convenient. Sliding doors also happen to be a time honored tradition.
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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    Wow, so many valid trains of thought, it looks like there is no wrong or right way then...
    Sliding would be awesome but I just don't have the room for sliding tracks.
    Sealing an inward opening door is going to be a pain in the butt, I can see that and was worried but as mentioned its only a mini tug not an ocean going vessel even with a foam seal I still expect to have to check it even after rain.
    Lift off hinges would be great and I did consider it but once again I have no where to store it.
    The reference to Captain Ron made my day, still my favourite movie of all time
    As for the comments about being all modern and allowing it to swing whichever way it so chooses, does that mean I would have to lubricate the hinges with gender fluid? (see what I did there)

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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    Quote Originally Posted by mermod View Post
    As for the comments about being all modern and allowing it to swing whichever way ...
    Over here those are called saloon doors - as in "Who's the feller owns this sh1tthole ?"

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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    Great information

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite View Post
    Over here those are called saloon doors - as in "Who's the feller owns this sh1tthole ?"
    That reminds me, I have built many outhouses here in Vermont and the question has always been, "should the door swing in or swing out?"
    Now, if it is a nice sunny day and you would like to bask in the sun while doing your business an inswing would be best since you can kick the door closed if you hear someone coming.
    If it is an outswing you don't have that option. So many things to ponder.

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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    and if you fall asleep on the seat of an outswinging door outhouse, and the big blizzard hits, you could wake up to find yourself drifted in for the duration.
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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    I'm a fan of Bi folding doors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gib Etheridge View Post
    Having an inswinging door allows one to have an outswinging storm door. It also facilitates opening the door after a big snow storm. Of course that's not much help if the storm door is in place for the winter.
    Typically, we have a basement that is only half way under ground, so there is a set of stairs to climb to get to the main door. That takes care of the blizzards.
    When I was young it was popular with two doors (which made sense due to poor quality of the doors and the insulation benefits), but only the front doors, if you had a balcony or a door to the garden it was always single doors.
    I actually have two doors into my basement, and it's big enough that I don't care too much about it, but the in swinging door do take away quite a lot of space.

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    Default Re: Which way should my door swing?

    Kinda late to think of this now but what do you need a door for at all ? It's a mini tug. Make a rollup canvas curtain for too much sun or a rainy day and call it good.

    I'm a little puzzled about how there can't be room for a slider - mine takes up an inch and a half of space behind the wheelhouse. It's totally not in the way, ever.

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    I'm a little puzzled about how there can't be room for a slider - mine takes up an inch and a half of space behind the wheelhouse. It's totally not in the way, ever.[/QUOTE]

    My mast runs down the back of the wheelhouse...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mermod View Post
    My mast runs down the back of the wheelhouse...
    I see. That's a bit of a pain. My stack is right aft of the wheelhouse also but at least it's not glued on

    But if I may presume ... put a big window in that door. 2/3 of the fun of having a tug is doing stupid tugboat tricks. If you do that, you're going to want to see every part of your boat very clearly. That solid door is going to bother you because with a tug, you get close to stuff. You'd like to see it instead of hearing the crunch of splintering wood
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