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Installing A Center Hatch in A Kayak

Time Needed : 1 hours 30 minutes

Here is your guide to install a center hatch in your kayak without losing your mind.

  1. Step 1

    Using the hatch seating flange, I traced the inner opening for my cut. I then carefully followed that line free hand adding approximately 3/8 of an inch for clearance. The upper part of the flange gave me some oops room in the event that I over cut just a bit.

  2. Step 2

    It's Not a bad idea to measure your hatch flange itself to make sure that you don't over cut. This area of your kayak will see a lot of weight transfer and abuse. It needs to remain as strong as possible.

  3. Step 3

    Simply drill a hole and cut out your opening. I like to use a jigsaw on a slower setting for this.

  4. Step 4

    Test fit your hatch. Make sure that your cut area is free of burrs and shavings prior to installing the hatch. Having a clean seating surface for your hatch flange is important as this area needs to seal tightly to keep water out as well.

  5. Step 5

    Predrill and insert your screws or rivots. Feel free to add your preferred water seal here after test fitting your hatch cover. NOTE – once you have tightened your hatch screws, allow whatever you use as a sealant to dry through. If you plan to install a hatch storage pouch you don't want this pouch to be there permanently.

  6. Step 6

    You are ready to rock!

Last modified: June 22, 2020
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