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Old 03-11-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Looking for info on Hobie PA14 front hatch seal

After going out a few times on the GOM I realized that I am going to have to seal that front hatch. Taking on water in big waves is no fun to mess with once you are off shore. I have seem post on various forums about using trim seal but having a hard time locating just what I need. I have seen and read plenty on using closed cell foam as well. Any help and info would be greatly appreciated. Btw my PA is a 2012.
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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Are you sure that's where the water is coming in? I've taken the PA through its fair share of breakers and never had much of an issue with too much water in the hull. Yeah, some gets in there (maybe a half gallon or so by the end of the trip) but it's never been a noticable problem.
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I use that gray foam with a slit in the middle for insulating pipes and put it around the edge of the bucket. 100% leak proof.

It also keeps the bucket itself completely dry

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Old 03-11-2015, 08:29 PM   #5
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I am pretty sure. I have taken trips out and only taken water over the bow and got a few gallons in the hull and a gallon or two in the front hatch. I go in the sound and the bay and don't take on any water. I hosed it down pretty good with the hose to allow the water to reflect back up towards the hatch lid to portal waves coming over and I got all kinds of water in it. Saw a few threads on SOL about it but didn't get any good hard info on materials to fix it. Was hoping someone local had luck fixing the issue. I have sprayed it from every angle and the front hatch has been the only major leaking point other than a little in the center tackle compartment. My last trip off shore I got into some 2 to 4's on the way out and some came over the bow. Got a few more gallons in the hull than I like. I had about 4 inches or so of water in the front box as well.
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Yakavelli, does your front box fit pretty tightly with the actual hull up front. I notice mine doesn't fit very tightly in a few spots. Almost like it is warped possibly. When the water goes down the channels on the side of the hatch and goes upwards it hits that space and goes right in.
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Yakin_it_up looks like he has a damn good idea! I like it...
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Style 20 or 24 is what I am thinking


http://www.mcmaster.com/#trim-seals/=w9p5l9
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That looks good too.
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Yakavelli, does your front box fit pretty tightly with the actual hull up front. I notice mine doesn't fit very tightly in a few spots. Almost like it is warped possibly. When the water goes down the channels on the side of the hatch and goes upwards it hits that space and goes right in.
Yes...mine hugs the contour better than that.
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