Well, I probably didn't put my weather stripping on the undersides of my 17's hatch covers too carefully, and when I roll or am in heavy surf I take on a lot of water. I have been thinking of alternative ways of sealing my hatches and have come up wth the following idea. I will spread vasaline on the deck around the hatch opening. I will then put silicone sealant on the contacting surfaces of the cover and mate the two together and let cure. The silicone should assume the shape of the deck perfectly and will not stick to anything because of the vasaline. I should have a very tightly fitting nearly drip proof system.
So, what are your thoughts... has anyone tried this before? What other ideas would you suggest.