Just picked up an older Impex Montauk. As it was missing its 3 hatch covers, I purchased Sea-Lect replacement covers. They fit nicely… (although I didn’t know until yesterday that these hatches require a push down and then a second step of setting the ring all the way around the hatch…)
I’m working on a retention strategy for these covers. They each have a small two hole tab on the rim (outside) and a single small tab with a hole on the underside.
It looks like the day hatch had been retained with a length of bungee attached by p-clamps. Inside the p-clamp was mounted to the underside of a deck fitting bolt. The other end had a nut/bolt, p-clamp and washer that looked like it had been attached to the hatch, perhaps with a hole through the middle of the hatch.
I’m thinking that I can mount p-clamps in the front and rear bulkheads the same way and fasten deck line (rather than bungee) to the tab on the bottom of each hatch. No extra lines above deck. I’d like to be able to connect/disconnect the line from the hatch for storage or travel, so I’m thinking about a small ring to go through the hole in the underside tab (it’s quite small) and then a clip on the end of the line to attach it to the boat…
Others have talked about gluing mounts inside the hatch, not sure why the idea of the p-clamp hasn’t come up before…
Thoughts on this approach?