Leaky hatch in front of the boss

Tuesday, 03 March 2009
Current Designs SlipstreamReading about Derek's leaky bulkhead woes, reminds me of the leaky hatches that I had to repair on my own boat.

Several years ago I was at the Georgian Bay Symposium. My Current Designs Slipstream (sadly no longer made) kayak was a year old at the time and developed a leak around the hatches. I pulled the boat out and one of the friendly staff at the White Squall event helped me haul the boat up on the grass so we could put the hose to it and find the leak.

We weren't paying attention to where we started the repair and discovered that we were only 30 feet away from Brian Henry (owner of Current Designs at the time). Brian was doing a talk to a small group of people on how to buy a boat and of course there were a pile of CD boats there on display for the presentation.

About 10 minutes into his presentation he was mortified to discover that 30 feet behind him two people were trying to figure out a problem with the leak proof hatches he was bragging to the crowd about seconds earlier!

Well, long story short, he had to stop his presentation to figure out what was wrong. It turned out that there was a batch of boats that were made in that serial number range that were all experiencing the same problem so he recognized the fault right way. Two days later, I had a new hatch ring couriered my way and the problem was solved.

Over the years of climbing on my rear hatch during rescue practice or teaching, I eventually had to replace that one as well for the same issues.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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