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On my original Petrel I was planning front-deck day-hatch. I started by making a rigid one and didn't like it so I didn't install it. I then made a soft bag. What held me up on installing it was the fact that when you want to attach a flexible thing (the bag) to a rigid thing (the deck) is there is a transition from flexible to stiff. This is a stress point.

The flexible thing will likely fail at this transition either by fatigue or just ripping. I considered several solutions: just gluing the bag directly to the deck or some sort of screwed-down bezel. Gluing makes it hard to replace, screwed is replaceable but hard to seal, and it would still be hard to replace given the volume under the deck.

I eventually decided that I wanted to go paddling and didn't want to solve the problem, so I didn't install it and never went back. I still like the idea of these front deck day hatches, but haven't bothered installing one in any of my personal kayaks.

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