Many escape hatches
are just normal type hatches that are a bit beefier. Lately, manufacturers have begun using fixed lenses with nearby hammers solely because people were coming to grief when they were inadvertently left open (keep in mind that the charter
companies do most of the design spec on some of these brands, and they have problems reminding charterers not to leave the hatches open).
"Escape hatch" is a bit of a misnomer. They really should be called "re-entrance hatches" because that is their real purpose and highest probability of use.
If one was caught below in an air-buoyed hull
, the stupidest thing to do would be to open a hatch
. If one was caught below in a flooded hull
, the escape hatch
will either be the slowest way out of the boat
, or unable to be opened at all.
If one is already outside the boat
, they most likely need something from inside, or would rather be inside - and they have the time to access the situation regarding opening a hatch.