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What are some types of kayak hatch lids?

Most touring kayaks have several hatches, which serve different needs. They act as storage areas for short- or long-term trips, and they help keep the kayak afloat in case of capsizing. When selecting a touring kayak, think about your possible storage needs, and look at the hatch sizes and locations.

Whether you are looking at fishing kayaks, ocean kayaks, or recreational kayaks, don’t forget to look at kayak hatch lids, which vary among models. Types of kayak hatch lids include:

  • Plastic: A plastic cover needs cargo straps to close, and it is not the best choice for keeping a hatch closed and dry in rough conditions.
  • Rubber: A rubber cover snaps into place over the edge of the hatch. Use a strap to keep the cover from getting lost when not in use.
  • Neoprene: A neoprene cover stretches to fit over the hatch. This cover takes up the least space, but it only works if it is attached properly to completely cover the hatch.

In addition, some kayaks, such as the Emotion Advant-edge touring kayak, include interior storage areas within the cockpit for easy access to your gear while you are out on the water.

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