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Raised hatch covers vs. flush?

I trained on Sealution IIs, with raised hatch covers that kept the hatches good and dry. I'm currently paddling Cape Horn 17s, with flush hatch covers. Yesterday I shipped about 4" of water in the Cape Horn's stern hatch. Someone who knows the boats well said the Cape Horns might as well not have hatch covers, they're so leaky.

Is this typical of raised vs. flush hatch covers, or is it just a Wilderness Systems thing?