A few years back, a co-worker borrowed my Wilderness Systems, the Ride, 135 for a presentation. On the drive back, he lost both hatch covers - both bow and the small one behind the seat.
I have been trying to find replacements ever since. I have reached out to all manufacturers - WS, Harmony, Confluence, etc. Unfortunately, because the boat is a 2002, none of the parts is made anymore.
Seal even offered to make a neoprene hatch cover, but the kayak doesn't have a lip around the hatch, so that's not an option.
I have two young boys and want to introduce kayaking to them, so I'm really hoping to make it seaworthy again.
I've also searched boats for sale, just to see if I can get lucky tracking down a part...
Any thoughts, advice or answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and happy new year.
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screw in type|
Posted by: nickjc on Jan-02-13 4:25 PM (EST)
the one screw in type should be available from a variety of places. They are used in small sail boats as inspection ports. You just have to find the right size.
Posted by: FrankNC on Jan-02-13 8:42 PM (EST)
Tom sells the screw in hatch kits so that part is easy. His site has an article about making your own hatch. Basically you make a mold from paper mache or other material if you do not have another hatch you can use to make a mold. Then you make a fiber glass hatch you can gelcoat or just paint after it is finished.
Foam might work|
Posted by: rjd9999 on Jan-03-13 12:03 PM (EST)
It's kind of an odd idea, and I have no idea how well it would work, but one might try making a hatch out of sprayable insulated foam for the oddly shaped hatch. A plastic liner (trash bag molded to the shape of the hatch, for example) could be used to cover the hatch and the foam sprayed over it to make a mold that would be a decent waterproof fit.
Posted by: Hataryoneh on Jan-03-13 1:31 PM (EST)
In the spirit of screw-ins,|
Posted by: ADNelson on Jan-07-13 6:39 AM (EST)
there is a great company called YakGear that sells very affordable kayak outfitting gear made and packaged in the USA. They sell 9 inch (Ithink) screwins for about $40.
Posted by: Marshall on Jan-07-13 7:29 AM (EST)
Posted by: mintjulep on Jan-07-13 12:09 PM (EST)
For the screw hatch, probably you will find something that fits here: http://www.sealectdesigns.com/products/deck_plates_hatches
Neoprene and Kydex...|
Posted by: SuperTroll on Jan-07-13 12:56 PM (EST)
Get Seal to make the neoprene cover...but first,
Posted by: sapien on Jan-08-13 12:24 AM (EST)
with the unique shape of that hatch, I would try making a minicel cover for it that fit within the recessed area. make a cardboard template, trace onto 2" minicel and carefully cut out with a bandsaw. then you could use a router or dremel tool to cut a groove for the hatch lip to fit into which should be watertight when strapped down. if you took the time to bullnose the edges and maybe even make a plastic piece to glue on top matching the color of your boat, you could make a pretty nice looking cover.