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1) Are the Hobie twist n seal hatches as waterproof as they say?

2) Can someone give me the outer footprint dimension of the 8" Hobie hatch?  I am in love with the tackle bucket idea, and hope to install one in a non-Hobie kayak.  If the outtermost dimension is 8" then I'm in business.

thanks in advance!


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I don't have any real experience w/ other hatches but I don't have any issues w/ leakage. OD of the hatch is 10 7/8"

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D'oh! 

Thanks, Z.



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1) Are the Hobie twist n seal hatches as waterproof as they say?
2) Can someone give me the outer footprint dimension of the 8" Hobie hatch?  I am in love with the tackle bucket idea, and hope to install one in a non-Hobie kayak.  If the outtermost dimension is 8" then I'm in business.
thanks in advance!

1) Yes, it's 99.9% sealed  :smt003

2) The smaller round hatch on my Hobie measured as follow:
    - With the hatch closed the largest diameter is 9".
    - With the hatch open:
      - The narrowest diameter is 6.25"  (max dia for the bucket ti fit in).
      - The next diameter which included the lip to catch the bait bucket is 6.5"

Hope that help...

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Thanks for the 6" hatch dims, Sonny...  that one just might work, if I can find a container that fits.

I'd like to replace the old screw-in hatch on a Scupper pro...  it's water tight but a total PITA.


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Thanks for the 6" hatch dims, Sonny...  that one just might work, if I can find a container that fits.

I'd like to replace the old screw-in hatch on a Scupper pro...  it's water tight but a total PITA.

I believe they called it the 8-inch hatch.  The larger round hatch next to my seat is 10-inch hatch.  Would you like the dimensions for that one too?
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Mine will get a few drops in it sometimes but that is from a full day of sloppy splashing and beating fish on it.
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  Hey Eric,

  My Hobie, while parked up at camp while at BAM IV filled with about 2" of rain water overnight (similar to that rain we had at Del valle) All the hatches were closed fully, so the water had to come through the hatch mounting. 
  Prior to Paradise "fish & chill" recently, I removed my center hatch and applied silicon to the hull, then reinstalled the hatch and covered the screws with silicon.  The rear 8" hatch required a little more more work, 2 of the screws are bolts, and they in turn hold up the steering components under the hull, I didn't want to mess with them, so I simply ran a bead of silicon around the hatch (and hull) smoothed the bead out and covered the screws as before.
  Now I know my hatches are sealed.  Only water I get inside now, happens when I open my center hatch, if the hatch is wet it drains inside,  :smt012




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I have a Hobie Odyssey that has two 8" hatches and a 6" hatch.  Not only are they water tight, but air tight as well.  When I pop a hatch it's like opening a vacuum seal bag!


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It was waterproof... But seems to not seal as well now over time and abuse.  At the FW Tiki Delta tourney it was so hot I had to keep dumping water on my head, and even jump in a few times, to cool off.  When I came in, there was gallons of water inside!!!   :smt012

But, I do think that it can be fixed, just haven't taken time to look at it since I been using the X-Factor a lot more  :smt003 
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The rubber in the hatch gasket can get worn/dried out and start to fail. Once the hatch becomes harder to seal you know it's time to get to it. I use Armor All and it keeps the rubber pliable and gummy. If you want to go further and the best in a watertight seal, remove the hatches and put a bead of Goop down and re install the hatches.

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I have an older hobbie, and I saw the same type of hatch in West Marine, not sure if that helps you out or not.
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The rubber in the hatch gasket can get worn/dried out and start to fail. Once the hatch becomes harder to seal you know it's time to get to it. I use Armor All and it keeps the rubber pliable and gummy.

just wanted to say that the rubber seal on my adventure rear hatch has been a PITA for me for a while, been almost impossible to get it sealed.  today i put some armor all to it with a cloth, let it set for a little while, then tried it again. worked perfecto, smooth as silk! if anyone out there is having trouble with their hatches, you should definitely try it out.  im sure it would work on any hatch with a rubber gasket, not just a hobie one.

thanks for the tip z.


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I was having a little issue with some leakage in my middle hatch on my x-factor so I put a nice think bead of plumbers putty around last weekend and it seems to works great. I didn't want to fully seal it off so I am giving this a try and since the putty is cheap I will keep it handy to re-apply whenever needed.
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You can also try Teflon based lube you find at pool supply stores for the hatch seals.
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