I have almost completed my Night Heron, but I have a concern about the flush hatches and the invisible hold down system.
I followed Nick's book "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak" on pages 118-120 to make my flush hatches, and they came out looking great! On page 154 I followed the instructions on hatch gaskets, and I have installed the invisible hold down system I bought from CLC. Now the hatches are not flush until the foam seal compresses, and I understand that this compression should take a few days to complete.
My questions are:
1. Will may hatches be flush?
2. Should I have put some sort of spacer before glassing the lip into place to allow for the seal?
3. Should I cut some minicell foam on my band saw as I have heard about on the forum?
4. If my hatches will never be truely flush is there something else I can do to help remedy this situation considering I have bulkheads installed and sealed?
I am hoping to get my boat in the water soon, but I also want flush hatches that I thought I would get since I've tried to follow instructions very carefully!
Answers to any or all of my questions are greatly appreciated,