Concealed Hinge Types
European-style Concealed Hinges
On boats and yachts, a European-style concealed hinge is most commonly used on cabinet doors, interior doors, and entry doors. European-style hinges consist of two pieces — the hinge and the mounting plate — which we sell separately.
The hinge attaches to the door and the mounting plate to the cabinet box or wall. Attaching the hinge to the cabinet or door typically requires drilling a round recess 35 mm (about 1.4”) in diameter.
European-style hinges are nearly all self-closing, which, as the name suggests, means they pull the cabinet or door closed by themselves. Once you start closing a door with a self-closing hinge, the hinge takes over and finishes closing the door.
Friction Concealed Hinges
Friction hinges, often known as torque hinges, are specialized hinges that exert resistance against the pivoting motion. They are used to control or even hold the door or object in an open or closed position. The hinge in your laptop computer is a good everyday example of a friction hinge.
On boats, friction hinges are ideal for hatch lids, livewell lids, and radio box doors, essentially taking the place of gas shocks or other hatch support devices. Our Covered Friction Hinge isn’t truly a concealed hinge, since it mounts on the outside of a hatch, access door, or cabinet, but it does feature an innovative full overlay hinge design that conceals its mounting screws for a clean, refined look.
Covered Butt Hinges
Also visible from the outside, butt hinges — also known as surface mount hinges — resemble friction hinges but open and close freely without built-in resistance. We offer two hinges — one stainless steel and one nylon covered — for a variety of applications including livewells, hatches, access doors, transom doors, and cabin doors. Both feature covers over the fasteners for a clean look.