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 Post subject: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:39 pm 
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There has been discussion on this forum about adding the ports on newer Waves. Some people have done it, and even documented the procedure.

I cannot find this.

I'm really interested in the idea though, would be nice to have a place to put my dry bag and other little odds and ends instead of having them on the tramp.

The way I did my sea kayak was to buy heavy duty Velcro and put the hard/pokey side on the inside of the kayak hull, and the soft side on my various dry boxes and such, so that I could stick them to the floor of the kayak as to avoid the shifting around while edging or flying around when rolling. Seems like doing a similar setup on the wave would be easy.


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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:25 pm 
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I saw posts in the Getaway forum - they used larger storage ports than the stock ports. Some place (likely online sells them. My recollection is that they cut larger holes in the hull for the larger ports.


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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:47 pm 
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Well is it 100% certain that what would work on a getaway would work on a wave?

I'm thinking of putting as large as hatch will fit on the back of the hulls just behind where the crossbar intersects like a 8" twist and seal if possible.. That would make it possible to slide in a fishing rod or just about anything.

Though as I said in my OP, It would be great to see what others have done in terms of adding ports.

My biggest concern is there there are no truly flat parts to mount the hatch, that seems like a major stumbling block for a ridged hatch (twist and seal) because you cant bend it to fit the contour of the boat, if you do the hatch probably wouldn't close , let alone seal.


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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:30 pm 
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I own a 2002 Getaway and just replaced the original hatches, They had the 8" round screw in inspection ports in them and took on a little water and were difficult to screw in and out. The newer style has the hinged lid, which does close OK, although they to let a little water in. The deck is not 100% flat on the Getaway either, but that doesn't seem to present a problem.

I have seen a number of posts on the Getaway forum and the general consensus is they are not 100% dry, but they sure are nice to have. I have not seen a post where someone has cut into the hull, to either enlarge the existing storage or add additional ones, which is what I wanted to do. I replaced mine with the same size because when I took off the covers, I discovered that the inner storage box was not an add on item, but was actually molded as part of the hull. I am not sure how much this inner box contributes to the stiffness and strength of the hull or deck, but I didn't want to find out the hard way. I don't believe that Matt has ever weighed in on the subject of cutting large holes in the deck for this purpose. The other thing that would concern me on the Wave, is that you would be a lot closer to the cross beam on the wave, then where Hobie has placed them on the Getaway and I would be concerned about the strength of the hull being compromised so close to the cross beam. I would like to hear from Matt about adding these to either model and from any owners who have actually done so, because I would like to add two more.


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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:31 pm 
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I always thought about using the holes under the 'seat' to make a port storage holder. But then I really don't bring items on board that I worry about getting wet. a small bag tied to the mast has always worked for me.


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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:34 pm 
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I bought the Wave last year and had the round hatch compartments put in(5353B* 6" Kit-Black). I love them! A great place for little things keys, snacks, wallet, etc. It's great on very hot active days as I keep a drink in each side. I have one on both sides and it sits under the tiller bar area so your not sitting on them. It's great to keep stuff off the deck of the boat.

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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 6:16 am 
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clark wrote:
I always thought about using the holes under the 'seat' to make a port storage holder. But then I really don't bring items on board that I worry about getting wet. a small bag tied to the mast has always worked for me.


My Wave has reached the point where the ports under the seat pads need to be removed and resealed anyway. Is there any good reason NOT to install hatches there?

I'm not sure about the strength of the hatch, for sitting on. I figured I could cut circles out of the pads, and glue them on the lids so they would blend in.

Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 12:11 pm 
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Since the panels aren't flat, add a shim from ply or thickened epoxy. Then caulk the shim and the port which should now be on a flat surface. I'll likely do that on my wave at some point, but right now I use it just as a daysailer.

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 Post subject: Re: adding ports/hatches
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:19 pm 
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How odd
Before I bought the Wave today and hauled it home I was serious about 2 other boats:
- A SmartKat Race version of an Inflatable Cat built in Austria (VERY expensive, but folds down to 2, 6 foot long bags suitable for airline travel at 100lbs total.)
- Another Austrian - Grabner Happy Cat Ultralight. Almost the same same boat as the SmartKat but has a Foredeck option that allows storage for camping gear. (Again VERY expensive but comes in at slightly over 110 lbs in 3 bags [optional] suitable for airline travel).

I have made my decisions based on what I want locally (yet an inflatable Cat may be in my future to sail in places that only an airplane can access.)

So what does this have to do with the Wave?
Quite simply, that if we and Hobie used some brain power, would it be that tough to build a small foredeck to act as not only a storage rack but to use tramp loose weave nylon material such as is used on the actual tramps to act as also a spray shield?

In truth, that beats the heck out of sawing holes into your hulls.
That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. ;)
For those that have read the 'Hooter' thread, having the ability to manage a large head sail by having access to a Wave Foredeck, would certainly not hurt their access to either the sail or a safe place to stow their Mother in Law...:) (I would assume?)

Let me know what you think, please. (Mother in Laws excluded as I have enough potential legal problems already).

Best Regards.
Tri

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