Discussion in 'Downeast Boat General Discussion' started by offshore27ns, Apr 12, 2017.
Pros and cons of a tuna door that swings in vs out?
I would suggest one that opens from the outside as well as the inside just in case you fall overboard when your by yourself.
Swing out wont take such a beating when backing down on fish. Plus you can have more structural stability with out swing.
Jerry, they have electronics for that now.
Hard as MUD says to build a swing in door and latch syst strong enough as well as constantly tight that will take the beating of backing down and heavy waves without any movement that will cause noise that will drive you crazy. Plus depending on boat, a ramp is the way to go since it allows a bigger opening as well as much easier loading with less damage to big fish!!
Agreed, a stainless pipe ramp is Great to have.
My ramp is built in as part of the floor with a king starboard removable fill in piece that doubles as a cutting board since it can be replaced.
Out for sure. Swing out and pin against transom. Entire door is out of the way when fighting fish and less clutter on the deck. Also easier to clean up the cockpit with a swing out door. with a swing in door, fish guts and stuff gets trapped behind the door so you end up closing the door to clean behind it and then having to open it back up to wash it out the door.
Casting my vote for the out setup for the reasons stated above.
out is I think the best option. But boy IN sure nice while your at the dock. Never have to worry about the door banging the dock, lines getting caught on it and pulling the hinges ect.
I agree - make it swing out. Other benefit is if you get in a jam you can open it and let water out, closing it against water coming in also is possible, which is nearly impossible with a swing-in door.
For the record though not every boat does well with a tuna door - they tend to leak, if your deck is low you end up with a wet deck that can't be fixed by a better flapper or plug in the scuppers. Fishing in sneakers when it's hot is nice, not so comfortable though when they get drenched after a little boat wake slapping the stern.
Secondly, make it large enough for the absolute record sized fish of whatever species you are chasing. Two guys can whip a 200 lb fish shark or whatever over the rail. It's the 1000 lb animal that you really need the door to work right for.
I like the door to open out away from my work area and once its open it gets pinned open. It is a pain in the ass and a nuisance to have the door swinging while pulling a fish in. I picture frame my tuna doors on three sides with stainless steel straps, weld them together and then have them polished. Just don't do the hinge side or the door will not open. The picture frame overhangs the door to cover any gaps and also prevents the door from blowing in when backing down or taking a sea on your transom. Having the door out of your work area doesn't seem like a big deal until you have 3,4,5 giants in the boat. If it has not happened to you yet, it will! Granted its a nice problem to have but you might as well avoid it if you can.
I see the point about it being nice to be able to swing the door in while at the dock. Your door is likely more of a walkway when at the dock correct hunthard?
yeah plowin, at high tide it's perfect height for my old man to get on and off the boat. Two replaced knees he's right at dock to deck height. But my door swings out. A boat goes by or the wind blows I have to be very careful that door isn't banging up against the dock.
Building a Wesmac 46
The tuna door will actually be more used as a boarding door. We will have a narrow swim platform and possibly some removable davits for a small rib
Not a great deal of regular fishing
If the RIB is going to live on the platform you might want the door to swing in, such that it won't get goofed up on RIB when you go to open it.
Otherwise the swim platform negates the concern over not being to pull tight to the dock without the door hitting first, so swinging out is preferable (if it's not going to get in the way of the RIB).
The rib will be davits
swing out with a swim platform, just make sure the catches don't rattle when open, it will drive you crazy thinking your motor is making a weird noise..
Great advice guys. I'm planning on cutting the door for my 35 T. Jason this winter. I've been searching for other advice on here but can't find it. Is it easier to delete the Wash rail or have it flip onto itself? My aft washrail/gunwale is large, about 20 inches. My purpose is to haul in the giants and for scuba diving.
Out, for all the reasons mentioned.
Depends on what look you want. I had Terry cut mine in. He does it bar top style. Washrail flips up and door swings out. After some thought I probably would have preferred one piece. You can cut the hinge side of the washrail square and the opening side at enough of an angle to clear itself when opening. Unfortunately this is not an option for me as the open side is cut too close to the starboard side.