Concealed hinges are used in power assisted steps

Concealed hinges are incorporated into Beachlander fold-out steps Concealed hinges are incorporated into Beachlander fold-out steps

Visitors to the PE Marine Designz METSTRADE stand – 11.312 – will be able to see how the firm’s bespoke concealed hinges have been used in its recently-launched fold-out bow steps.

Primarily designed for RIBS - although also adaptable to other craft - the 500mm rise of steps enable easy disembarkation and boarding through the RIB bow nose.

Director Paul Edmondson designs and supplies hinges for yacht exterior doors, platforms, fold-over steps, hatches, latches and other mechanism units.

He explained: “Expandable real-estate is now becoming fashionable for boats – the stern is a key area for relaxation and platforms that make the most of the space are becoming must-haves.”

Working with naval architect, Arran McKeon, Mr Edmondson has incorporated the hinges into the power-assisted opening bow steps which have self-erecting stanchion posts and a Dyneema support line.

The support line retracts into a self-coiling underfloor unit, assisting the deployment and retrieving effort of the step from within the boat.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to view its latest hinge releases, concealed hinges and access mechanisms and find out how they’re being used to create bigger deck spaces, such as a platform that folds 180° to close in the aft deck and transom when stowed and in the design of 90° fold-over helm seats.

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