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Old 01-09-2016, 03:53 PM   #1
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Secondary escape route

Have you ever considered how you would get out of your sleeping quarters if you couldn't go through the salon?
Many aft cabins have an exit to the rear but what about all the others with forward quarters as much a a full deck below?
No way I'm fitting through an 18" deck hatch, if there is one.
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:13 PM   #2
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The KK42 has an "escape hatch" above the berth in the forward master state room, but you really need a ladder to use it properly...unless the rising water level pushes you out. It is a problem if there is a vessel fire.

I know one owner who has installed a telescoping reboarding ladder for this purpose.

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Old 01-09-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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I never thought of it as such until the surveyor called the hatch over the V berth an "escape hatch". I have never used it as such but once I was in severe weather and realized that a line had been left on a bow cleat and was now overboard and might possibly get tangled in the prop so rather than walking the side deck I went though the hatch to secure it.


You might try it to see if it you could fit through in an emergency.
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Old 01-09-2016, 05:35 PM   #4
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We sleep up forward and I just measured our "escape" hatch; 13" by 18". I hope we never need it!
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Old 01-09-2016, 05:47 PM   #5
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I've tried the "escape hatch" that's over the forward berth and even an old, overweight gummer like me can fit up through there.
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Old 01-09-2016, 05:49 PM   #6
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:44 PM   #7
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Boatpoker that is well and good but 18" is not going to work for most in this country.

I am not going to get my shoulders thru the listed requirements.

On my boat there is only one way out for me, my wife MIGHT be able to get out of the hatch if I help and she is 5' 8" and 127 lbs.

Doomed I tell you.
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:02 PM   #8
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Fear is a powerful motivator.... that said, if you don't fit through an 18" hatch you 1: Lose weight or 2: Get a bigger hatch.

This is not rocket surgery.

Yes, every boat, house, RV I've owned I've asked the question.... "what if" ????
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:03 PM   #9
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We sleep up forward and I just measured our "escape" hatch; 13" by 18". I hope we never need it!

The only time I used the "escape hatch" was to "Inscape". I left my boat key at home. It was a tight fit alright.


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Perhaps, one of these days I should attempt to transit the forward cabins' hatch to see if it's possible. And if that is not possible, what should be done? So far, the hatch provides natural light enter the cabin.
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Perhaps, one of these days I should attempt to transit the forward cabins' hatch to see if it's possible. And if that is not possible, what should be done? So far, the hatch provides natural light enter the cabin.
Well, if you're comfortable with one way out...... don't worry about it.
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The only time I used the "escape hatch" was to "Inscape". I left my boat key at home. It was a tight fit alright.


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Old 01-09-2016, 07:28 PM   #13
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The only time I used the "escape hatch" was to "Inscape". I left my boat key at home.
Why bother locking it up if you are going to leave a hatch unsecure and tell us all?
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I know the Fleming 55 has a dedicated escape hatch and ladder built into the forward cabin.

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Old 01-09-2016, 07:50 PM   #15
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Our Nova sundeck has the same size escape hatches in the bow and in the transom. We fit through both easily.
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Old 01-09-2016, 08:02 PM   #16
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Some PO had removed the escape hatch on the sundeck on our boat. One of the first things that I did was cut it open and installed a hatch. It is somewhat in the way on the sundeck, but I don't fit out through any of the port holes in the aft cabin, so we will just have to live with it being under foot on the sundeck. Yes I can get out through the new hatch pretty easily.
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Old 01-09-2016, 08:03 PM   #17
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Our previous boat, a 35' Senator, had three escape hatches...one in the stateroom, one in salon, and one in the galley. Our current boat, 42' Navigator, really doesn't have any. There is a hatch in the forward stateroom that could be an escape. The main living area has sliding doors and windows. Nothing in what we consider the master stateroom, amidships.

Great question though.....if you turn turtle, how are you getting out?
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A young liveaboard couple burned to death on their boat about three years ago when a fire in an old condo boathouse in our harbor started to burn and took all twenty boats inside it with it.

The couple's boat had a main door and and an aft cabin door. When the noise and flames and smoke awakened them the fire was too far along to let them get out through the main cabin door.

But.... they were in the process of doing some work on their boat and had piled materials and other stuff outside and on top of the aft cabin door and so could not get it opened. They burned to death while they were on their phones begging friends for help.

So having mutiple means of leaving your boat is a great idea but they won't do any good if you can't use them.
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Great question though.....if you turn turtle, how are you getting out?

Guess we'll need to find space for a moon-pool.

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