How To Seal The Hatch On A Kayak

One of the complaints you often see about some of the lower end and mid range kayaks is that the storage hatch isn’t water tight. Well, you could spend $1000 or more on a high end kayak that comes with a seal on the trunk.

Or you can save your money and fix the problem yourself. Here are some simple steps on how to seal the hatch on a kayak. This is going to be a relatively short post, since there’s not much too it.

kayak storage hatch

What You’re Going To Need

A roll of weather seal tape, such as the Taco Metals Neoprene Weather Seal Tape. Something to clean the kayak with. I usually use Simple Green. And a rag. That’s all you need!

Sealing The Hatch

First you’re going to spray the area around the hatch with the Simple Green, and then wipe it off with the rag. There’s no need to go too crazy here. You just want to make sure the area is clean of anything that will stick to the seal or prevent the seal from sticking to the kayak.

Next peel just a little bit of the backing from the glue on the seal and apply it to the hatch. Continue to peel a little bit at a time while working the seal around the edge of the hatch.

When you get back to where you started cut the remaining seal off with a sharp pair of scissors or shears. Leave it long enough, so that the 2 ends will butt up against each other with no gap. Lastly work your way around the hatch and press firmly on it to make sure the glue sticks.

A Word Of Caution

You may be tempted to save a few dollars and go with a cheaper weather stripping from a hardware store, Home Depot, etc. Don’t! You’re wasting your money if you do.

Although you’re going to pay a little more for a marine weather seal, they’re made out of a much better foam that is more resistant to UV. Marine weather seal also has much stronger glue. The junk seals you find at most hardware stores won’t even stick to the kayak.

After doing this fix I went for a little paddle with Sparky. There was a little bit of water in the trunk when we got back, but not much. The conditions were also pretty choppy, and some of that water likely dripped in there from my hands or the outside of the hatch when I opened it to get his leash out.

That’s all there is too it. Like I said it’s a very simple fix.

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