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Just picked up an older Impex Seabreeze (can you tell the year of production from the last 2 digits of serial?) It has a plastic hatch cover with 2 latches instead of the rubber hatches I am used to.
I noticed, the newer Sea Breeze kayaks have rubber hatch covers. Are rubber hatch covers better? The plastic hatch cover with latches, seem like a better cover since it doesn't seem like it can pop off easily and the seals look good.... but only played with it for a minute or so...are they more likely to break over time?
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Posted by: Roanguy on Oct-10-12 6:48 PM (EST)
the answer is yes.
Posted by: NateHanson on Oct-10-12 7:57 PM (EST)
The hard covers work fine, but the ones I've seen (Impex) are more prone to a bit of leakage and accidental opening than are the best tupperware type hatches. In rough conditions and rescues, I've seen the latches for the hard covers come undone.
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Posted by: CapeFear on Oct-11-12 11:17 AM (EST)
I have some of several styles, and I do not prefer the rubber tupperware lid style.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-11-12 4:15 PM (EST)
Both kinds of hatch design can be watertight. Personally I prefer the one-piece rubber tupperware-style hatch. One piece instead of two, and I've never owned a composite kayak in which they leaked.