It’s no secret that yacht design is all about the details. These large luxury vessels are built to complement the luxe tastes of their buyers, with elegant, streamlined designs and top of the line features. However, yacht manufacturers are often tasked with ensuring that a yacht’s components not only look good, but withstand quality performance requirements as well.
A yacht manufacturer recently came to us about upgrading the latching hardware on a transom door that it was installing in a new line of trawler yachts. The manufacturer was not satisfied with the quality of the hardware that came standard with the door, so its engineers were looking for a more dependable, secure latching solution to replace it with.
The manufacturer, however, did not wish to sacrifice the overall aesthetic of the yacht for the sake of functionality, so it specified that any hardware installed must be attractive and complement the yacht’s overall design, as well as all other hardware used throughout.
We suggested Southco’s TM Swim Door Latches, which provide heavy-duty, marine-grade construction suitable for a variety of door thicknesses. The Swim Door Latch features an intuitive operation with push button and turn handle actuation as well as an internal o-ring design that dampens the closing action, providing a smooth end user feel.
Stylish and easy to operate, the Swim Door Latch provides flexibility and functionality for many marine applications, including transom and fly bridge doors, as well as other types of swing doors. Available in 316 stainless steel, these durable latches are resistant to salt spray and the elements.
What challenges have you faced in balancing quality and aesthetics in your yacht design? Tell us in the comments.