My wife and I built Chesapeake 16LT and 17 LT's last spring. Paddled them all summer and fall - they are great! We travel and camp 140+ nights a year. We paddled the LTs in all five Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, the Atlantic Ocean in Maine, and the Adirondacks of upstate NY.
We used the CLC nylon cockpit covers while on the truck on on the ground at camp. Generally they are ok, but as they aged they are now leaking extensively. We survived several rains of 3-4 inches, but the boats were really heavy from the water inside the cockpit. We have tried using beach balls inside to give some slope to the covers to facilitate drainage, but there still always seems to be a low spot which develops to trap water where the cover eventually leaks through.
Has anyone found and used neoprene cockpit covers? NRS
shows these on their website. I'm assuming the Chesapeake needs a M or L - I measure 20" wide x 34" long outside dimensions of our coamings. The NRS sizing sketch doesnt look like a true keyhole shape. I think I am more worried about water coming through the cover rather than under though.
Any help o.r other ideas appreciated