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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.

Hm. So an image just popped into my head. I'm visualizing a hatch with a coaming - like a tiny cockpit. The bag is basically a small sprayskirt (with no body-hole, of course), possibly with a large rubber o-ring sewn in around the opening, to hold it against the coaming. Then a cover goes on top - with (perhaps) that o-ring providing the seal.

Of course, that cover wouldn't be flush with the deck - not sure if that's just an aesthetic issue, or if there'd be some other reason that'd be less than ideal, e.g., if it interferes with paddling, or rescues, etc.

I guess it all depends on the specifics of the problem we're trying to solve for - how much stuff we want to store, how accessible it needs to be, whether it needs to stay completely dry or not, etc.

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