S18S Hatch Watertightness

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4 years 7 months ago #31758 by Jonathansanborn
How watertite are the S18S hatch covers? I just demoed one and the front of the footwell one seems to snap on tight, the one behind the bucket seems a little suspect.

Current: Vega Flex, V12 g1, V8double
Past: Vector Spec Ski, V10 g2, Ares OC-1

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4 years 7 months ago #31759 by LakeMan
Replied by LakeMan on topic S18S Hatch Watertightness
In every large compartment on every sea kayak I've ever owned I put everything in waterproof bags. No matter how good they are water will find a way in. The small screw-on compartments seemed to do much better.

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4 years 7 months ago #31765 by Fath2o
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Have witnessed a hatch cover come off in surf and ski fill with water.
Would not work for me.

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4 years 7 months ago #31784 by Newbflat
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Mine was water tight or at least 99.5 % so. It is oval so you must make sure you are putting it on "square" and not slightly off center. Mine was a tight fit and would have a very hard time believing would come off even in the surf.

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FENN Swordfish S carbon hybrid
Epic V8 double gen 2
Lot and lots of DK rudders.


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Stellar SEL excel (gen 2)
Stellar SR excel (gen2)
Stellar S18s g1 (excel)
Epic V10 Double (performance)
Stellar SR (gen 1)
V10 sport (gen 2)
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