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Re: hatch vs drain hole
Posted by LeeG on Mar 27, 2005
check, if you've already gooped in the bulkhead then keep on trucking and make the flush hatches. I made a Ch16 with an aft bulkead/hatch and no front bulkhead/hatch. The reasons were the same as yours, I wanted a clear fore deck. It's really worth keeping an aft bulkhead/hatch because it's a lot easier to dump water out of the cockpit with it even though you'll get more water with no front bulkhead and float bags. If I added up the time inflating/deflating/inflating/deflating replacing the front float bag it's less than the time spent putting in the hatches. Float bags are a maintenance issue, you can't leave them in a wet kayak for a long time or water that is trapped between the float bag and the epoxied wood will eventually get steamed through the epoxy and into the Okoume causing black ick.
In Response to: Re: hatch vs drain hole by Vic F on Mar 27, 2005