Leaking hatch covers
Posted by: athelake on May-04-14 8:52 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I recently purchased a 1995 Wilderness Experience Sealution II. It is a plastic model with hard hatch covers held in place with straps. The hatches are far from waterproof.
I was thinking of gluing some pliable foam to the bottom of the covers so they can conform to the hatch. Has anyone tried this? What kind of foam did you use and where did you find it?
Does anyone have any other solutions?
I'm also considering a 6-8" day hatch/bag system. What kinds do you recommend?
Thanks for any and all input!
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Posted by: grayhawk on May-04-14 11:20 PM (EST)
I'm trying to remember if the Sealution had the stretchy fabric cover that went over the hatch before the cover.
Agree with above|
Posted by: Celia on May-05-14 7:33 AM (EST)
Those systems typically came with an inner neoprene cover that kept things drier. I suspect the orignal covers wwere shot and that is why you did not get them with the boat. The manufacturer might be able to send you new ones.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on May-05-14 7:36 AM (EST)
Yes, they had sub-covers. Were really dry with them. Sorry.
Posted by: Seadddict on May-05-14 1:18 PM (EST)
Check with them for neoprene sub-covers for hatches. They have lots of patterns for boats dating back many years. I'd be surprised if they can't help.
WS neoprene hatch covers|
Posted by: MintJulep on May-05-14 2:23 PM (EST)
I recall that the WS neoprene hatch covers were a pain to put on, and not really all that dry anyway.
Neoprene inner covers work great|
Posted by: alpalmer on May-05-14 4:26 PM (EST)
when made correctly. Check this link out to see if it works for you.
Thanks for the info..|
Posted by: athelake on May-06-14 7:37 PM (EST)
I'm thinking of making my own neoprene covers. I was thinking of tracing the hatch, cut the neoprene 2-3" larger, fold it over some shock cord and use contact cement to glue it.
Neoprene hatch cover|
Posted by: Ted_from_Crockett_CA on May-07-14 1:53 AM (EST)
I've made a couple of homemade hatch covers with other materials, and my by best guess now is that I should have made a neoprene hatch cover to begin with.
Nylon with a drawstring can also be |
Posted by: alpalmer on May-09-14 8:52 AM (EST)
an economical solution to stop most leakage. Use an old tent fly or raincoat. Coat with more sealer if you want a more robust solution.