How to Fix a Rubber Kayak Hatch

How to Fix a Rubber Kayak Hatch
If you have a crack or split in the rubber kayak hatch, there is no good way to fix it permanently. However, if you are stuck out on the water and can't get a replacement, there is a way to do a quick fix. This will keep the water out until you finish your trip and can order another hatch. It can be done with one simply item.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Wipe off the hatch to get rid of as much excess water as you can.
Step 2
Take the tape out of its plastic storage bag and cut strips. You will cut several strips depending on the size of the split. Cut them one at a time as you need them, and make sure they are longer than the problem area. The tape is kept in a plastic bag because it is so sticky. This way it won't stick to other supplies.
Step 3
Apply the tap to the hatch, over the crack. Press the tape down to seal it. Smooth out any air bubbles as you go.
Step 4
Overlap other pieces of tape, working across the problem area. This will make sure there are no exposed areas.
Step 5
Cut more strips and apply to the inside of the hatch to seal it from the other side as well.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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