Restoring a Pygmy 14’ Arctic tern. Want to make it a day tripper/play boat. Therefore, bulkheads would improve flotation/ safety. Then my options are 1)No hatches 2) Day hatch such as Sea-Lect 3) kits from CLC. 4) DIY job. OR…. I would like to learn how to roll this thing so waterproof is a concern.
In most wood boats, the hatches are cut out of the deck and the cutout is used as the cover. A support frame is attached to the underside of the deck and weatherstripping makes it waterproof. There a many ways to hold the hatch covers in place. I suggest getting the build instructions for the Arctic Tern and/or reading some kayak building books. The Wooden Boat Store (https://www.woodenboatstore.com/) has a large selection of books on boat building. Other good resources are Chesapeake Light Craft (https://www.clcboats.com) and Nick Schade’s Guillemot Kayaks Website (https://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/).
If you don’t want the storage, you can add bulkheads fore and aft with no hatches on one or both. There needs to be a tiny hole in the center of each bulkhead to allow air pressure to equalize.
I have a boat with a forward bulkhead and no hatch, the pinhole has not allowed water into the compartment. A screw-off drain plug was provided, but I haven’t had to use it yet (11 yrs). It’s also a day boat, so the rear hatch was enough, and I like a clean front deck.
I built a Coho and used a sea sock instead of hatches.
I was undecided on my first 14 and installed deck hatches in the bulkheads before installing them just for access should I not do more. . I later installed a deck hatch in the foredeck and a hatch with a cat bag on the rear deck. This worked out as I didn’t do overnights. The Cat Bag worked out well for keys and other small items.
Very nice. I’m glad you defined what the cat bag was for.
Just popped in cuz I wanna say
I dig a Pygmy by Charles Hawtrey and the deaf aids
That is all
Phase One in which Doris gets her oats!
Let it be, let it be
How about just cramming some float bags into it?