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Re: Leaky Hatches
Posted by LeeG on Aug 18, 2007
standard weatherstripping for the Chesapeakes is 3/4"x7/16" soft neoprene, FrigidKing brand. What 3/8x3/8" are you using? Generally speaking the smaller front hatch doesn't fit as well because the tighter radius results in the hatch flaring out more beyond the ribs resulting in a loose fit on the sides. To have the amount of water you're describing there isn't any sealing going on.
One other issue is that the fastek buckles have to be on TIGHT for it to all work well, requiring both hands squeezing between thumb and forefingers. If you're able to squeeze the buckles together with one hand it's not tight enough.
In Response to: Leaky Hatches by Adam on Aug 17, 2007