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  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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  Sub cover
  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.
I had one briefly many years ago.
A dealer might remember or have some laying around.
  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.
  Snap Dragon
  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.

I would be inclined to get this:

Put it on the rim around the opening and fasten the ends with contact cement.

If it doesn't work you'll only be out $7 and can try something else.
  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.

Has anyone done something similar? I could also make an inexpensive cockpit cover the same way.
  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.

Neoprene seems like overkill for a cockpit cover, unless you're re-using an old wetsuit (or an old spray skirt) for material. If that's the case, you could do that for practice before making the hatch cover.
  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.


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