I’m adding a dayhatch to a Pygmy Arctic Tern. It’s long overdue, as my typical trip length dictates a volume of “quick access” gear that exceeds the capacity of my PDF and underdeck bag.
Curious to hear from others on a recommended capacity for the dayhatch compartment that I’ll create.
The dayhatch kit has a bag option, whereby a mesh bag is affixed to the hatch rim. This is intuitively a horrible idea, since its design opens the rear hold to flooding should something go awry. Hence, I’m boxing out the dayhatch compartment, and have shaped a bulkhead that is half the width of the hold.
From here, I have two options: use this as a blank to create a full-width bulkhead, or box out half the width of the hold (preserving a bit more storage in the main space). The half-width version will be ~ 9.5" wide x 10" tall x 11" long.
I think the half-width option works, given the following dayhatch items if / when not on my person:
- Auxiliary 1st aid (full kit in main hold)
- Auxiliary repair kit (full kit in main hold)
- Emergency clothing (i.e. thermal hats, gloves, socks, layers)
- food / snacks / water / water filter
- flares / markers, etc
- VHF / GPS
- odds -n- ends
What do you think? Any feedback / ideas are greatly appreciated!