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The list grows every year and 2019 is bigger than ever, and more of us are now competing abroad as well.

Making the decision on which to attend is getting harder and harder.... more

Kayak Projects HOBIE OUTBACK - TOURNAMENT SET UP HOBIE REVOLUTION 16 Rod Rest Anchor Trolley Fitting a Garmin EchoMAP 75sv Finder Bait Cutting Board SideKick AMA Kit Hobie Gear Bucket Camera Mounts Vantage Seat Bag Fitting YakAttack GearTrac Hobie H-Crate Hobie Gear Pockets HOBIE REVOLUTION 13 Fitting a Lowrance Fish Finder Screw Hole Repair Fitting YakAttacks GTSL90 Track System Fitting YakAttack GTSL90 with Rigging Bullets YakAttack BlackPak SeaDek Sound Proofing The Hobie Sail Kit Hobie Sail Reefing Device Hobie Rudder Upgrade Fitting Hobie Sidekicks CAPER Getting Started Fitting a 6" Hatch Fitting a Fish Finder Installing a Flush Rod Holder Installing a Dash Mount Compass Making a Paddle Keeper Fixtures and Fittings List TRIDENT 11 Getting Started Tankwell Hatch Mounting the Torqeedo Rudder Controls Torqeedo Controls TRIDENT 15 Fitting a RAM-117 Rod Holder Fitting a Richie Kayaker S-59 Compass Fitting a Navigation Light Fitting a Humminbird Fishfinder/GPS PROWLER 13 Prowler Seat Upgrade Fitting a Scotty Triple Rod Holder Fitting Ocean Kayak's Flush Mounts Making Rocket Launcher Style Rod Holders Installing a Fishfinder v2 Anchor Trolley System Anchor Trolley System for 2007 Prowler 13 The Crate P13 Fixtures and Fittings List MALIBU II XL Laying Out Fittings Fitting a Gaspachi Hatch Central Cargo Net Scotty Flush Deck Mounts Malibu Rod Mounts PROJECT EXTRAS Scupper Pro Rod Pod Conversion Anchor Line Reel - Paul Fennell (Darnsarf) High Visibility Light Rod Building Hatch Accessory Bag Grapnel Anchor Bait Tank Buoy Leash Petrol Jet Drive Fitting an Eagle Fishfinder Big Game Console Scotty Double Extension Rod Holders Rod Holders and Mount Guide Fitting a Centre Hatch RAM-119SW Fly Fishing Line Tray Paddle Selector Kayak Fishing Photograph and Videography Kayak Storage Rack SCUPPER PRO

Fitting a 4" Screw Hatch

The round hatch mouldings on the Ocean Kayak Malibu II XL allow for several different hatches to be fitted, first option the Gaspachi Round Hatch which we have already fitted to the rear of the kayak, option two a 6" Screw Hatch which can include a mesh bag, finally third option, a smaller 4" Screw Hatch giving access to the front section of the hull, this is the minimum requirement if fitting Scotty Flush Deck Mounts in forward positions.


The Gaspachi Hatches are very easy to remove, but a little harder to put back on, as there will be children using the kayak we decided to use a screw hatch in the forward position, harder to undo, easier to do up. Fitting the 4" hatch allows the fitting of a Round Gaspachi Hatch at a later date if required.

To fit the hatch in the centre of the moulding, unscrew the cover from the Screw Hatch and measure the width of the 4" cover ours measured 118 mm, the Hatch Moulding on the kayak is measured next, this was 204 mm at the widest point. Half the difference between your two measurements. This was 43 mm in our case. Measure and mark (43 mm) from each side of the Hatch Moulding towards the centre.

Place the Cover in between the marks; this should align with all the marks when central. When happy draw around the Cover, use a fine permanent marker, this will give a clear key line to follow with the jigsaw.


Select a drill bit that is larger than your jigsaw blade; drill a pilot hole close to but within the black key line. Using the jigsaw cut out the hole staying close to the key line. Take care not to cut the jigsaw cable when rotating the saw. Check fit of hatch outer, if required file with round backed file, file right to the line, constant checking for fit is advisable to ensure a tight fit.



Screw the cover back into the surround until hand tight, position in hole as required, use the screw holes to align, mark the screw hole pointing towards the front seat with a pencil. Hold tight in position and drill the first bolt hole using a 5/32 drill bit, fit a M4 20mm countersunk bolt, drill the opposite side and fit bolt and carry on until all holes are drilled.



Remove bolts and hatch, clean up the bolt holes with a sharp blade. Apply sealant adhesive directly to each bolt hole. Remove the hatch cover and apply sealant adhesive to the underside of the hatch surround as in the picture below.



Place surround into cut-out being careful to align the marked hole with the cockpit seat, fit the first bolt and screw down lightly, fit the opposite bolt screw down lightly and then fit all other bolts, fit all nuts and washers finger tight, then tighten opposites using a socket or small spanner and screwdriver to ensure that the sealant is spread evenly under the hatch surround.

Wipe any access sealant with a wet finger. Fit cover.



Installing hardware may cause damage and/or void manufacturer warranties.
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