Benlore wrote:I am building my first stitch and glue sea kayak. The build manual recommends that I buy a plastic hatch system for the day hatch and back hatch. I may still do this, but would like to see if there are some good wooden hatch systems that people can recommend as an alternative. I want to keep the lines minimal and clean if possible.
Two things, do people actually use their day hatch system?
Clean flush hatch - how much volume is lost by going that way? Does it matter in your case?
I basically do a cockpit rim style lip, neoprene cover and a plywood cover over that held down with bungies. Previous hatch covers were done by gluing a quarter round rubber round the edge of the hatch on the deck side and holding the cover down by two bars that gripped under the deck and where screwed or cam levered down for compression.
Going back to the first question, anything needed at sea is in a deck bag and the items needed when on the beach include a thermos, lunch items (milk, cups, sandwiches, fruit, etc.) these are usually all from one of two kayaks. Something to sit on maybe, sunshade?. A bit much to stuff into a small day hatch. Meaning it depends on how you travel.