"A couple of boats in our mari
"A couple of boats in our marina have had it done and love it...no leaks and easy access.
There are two arguments and that is ....
do you want the door to swing "in" ?
do you want the door to swing "out"?
"in" and some folks worry about taking a 'big one' across the stern and flooding.......
"out" and some folks say it makes getting in and out of the boat awkward......
If I was going to do it, I would have the door swing "in", against the inside gunwhale cause all the doors I have seen have a a great seal and a good sturdy lock/latch and I don't see any problem with getting a "big" one on the stern. It is also a much more pleasing design as all the hinge work is confined to the inside of the boat and does not break the clean lines of the stern/transome.
The one boat that had an outward swinging door 'said' he liked it but I really thought he was only saying that and really wished he had gone for a "in" door
PS..Just re-read your post and see you want to go in from the side...OK... but you have to remember to always put that side against a dock. A door in the stern allows access from either side via the swim platform(if you have one)
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