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Old 19-10-2020, 17:48   #1
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Hatch Rain Covers

Looking for experience/ideas for hatch covers that will keep out the rain at night so can leave the hatch open for air flow.
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Old 20-10-2020, 05:28   #2
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No one?

Is that why in 4 years of travels I haven't seen any really? See a lot of wind scoops, but not ones that would also keep the rain out.
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Old 20-10-2020, 05:31   #3
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Re: Hatch Rain Covers

I've seen ones where it's a square larger than the hatch, all 4 corners tied to toe rails and a d ring in the center on top. Halyard goes to the D ring to pull 'up'.
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I have seen those listed online, but never seen one in use. So have to wonder if they work.

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Re: Hatch Rain Covers

I have one like that. It was gifted to me. The marina mate made it for our sister boat but let me have it when they moved up and out.
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Neighbor of mine in the marina has his up nearly 24/7 during winter in PNW. He has had no complaints with it
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Old 20-10-2020, 05:57   #7
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I have seen those listed online, but never seen one in use. So have to wonder if they work.

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We have one and it works in winds up to 40kts. After that its too much windage and we collapse it.
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Re: Hatch Rain Covers

Recommendation:

Get yourself a small camping tarp, such as one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/REDCAMP-Water...%2C1199&sr=8-4

Burn a hole in the center and add a center cord with a stop knot or small plate. Corners get tied to the rails, center goes up by whatever means are available.
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I have a big full tarp cover, but sometimes just what something less trouble.
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Re: Hatch Rain Covers

Forgot to put the link to the hatch cover that we made. Phoenix's Flight: Squall-Proof Wind Scoop

We also have one for the aft hatch (if the nester isn't covering it). Phoenix's Flight: Making a Storm Dodger for the Aft Cabin Hatch
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Forgot to put the link to the hatch cover that we made. Phoenix's Flight: Squall-Proof Wind Scoop

We also have one for the aft hatch (if the nester isn't covering it). Phoenix's Flight: Making a Storm Dodger for the Aft Cabin Hatch
I found one of that design in my search. It was $275, which seemed a lot.
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Never seen the "squall" proof wind scoop for sale. It surprisingly took ~4 yds of material and a bit of time to make it, but is worth it.

We don't sell any like the one we made, but our article is often linked in different diy sewing blogs/articles, as well as our 4-way wind scoop. Maybe you saw it on one of those?
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Re: Hatch Rain Covers

I had a triangular tarp that covered the foredeck and was fastened to the lifelines and a halyard to the D ring in the middle. It was sold for the purpose and worked great for multiple seasons anchored out in various parts of the Eastern Caribe. Shaded the foredeck as well as keeping out most rain
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Go search for "Seaworthy Goods". They have clever rain shields enabling you to keep the hatch open when it rains. They are delivered with 3M tape for attachment, but can be screwed on as well. I have no connection with the company, am just using these satisfactory for the last couple of years.
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Re: Hatch Rain Covers

There used to be a company that made what seemed to be a very nice "Hatch Dorade" There website no longer exists, but there facebook page is still there, and has some videos of it.

https://www.facebook.com/hatchdorade/

ATN now makes something similar, but the original seems like it would work better to me. I've not tried either of them.

https://atninc.com/atn-dorcap-sailing-deck-gear.shtml
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