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    Default Hatch latch that operates from both sides?

    Can anyone recommend off-the-shelf or DIY solutions, traditional or modern, for a latch for a boat hatch that can be opened and closed from inside or outside? I can only seem to find solutions that work from one side or the other, not both. Thanks!
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    Default Re: Hatch latch that operates from both sides?

    Might help if you provide some more context.

    FWIW--this common type of deck hatch can often be opened from the outside by stepping on the latch and twisting one's foot.

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    Default Re: Hatch latch that operates from both sides?

    Thanks, Kevin. Yes, the application here is an access/escape hatch not unlike that one but owner-built. Take a setup like this one (a sketch by Don Elliott of a proposed modification to a Bolger Storm Petrel), what sort of secure latch or latches could you use that would be operable from inside or outside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    Might help if you provide some more context....
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    Default Hatch latch that operates from both sides?

    I'm assuming it needs to lock from outside to provide security? If so maybe use an inside lock when sleeping aboard.

    Fit a hasp and use a padlock on the outside when you leave the boat.

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    Default Re: Hatch latch that operates from both sides?

    Actually locking is a separate issue, nice to have but not required since, like you said, there are other ways to do that. Itís secure latching but still operable from inside and out that I am looking for. So far the solutions I have found are adapting commercial hatch dogs or trailer flap latches.
    Last edited by cluttonfred; 04-03-2021 at 08:21 AM.
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