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> Why do Valley Canoe Product hatches cost so much? Are they worth that
> much? Are their any similar and cheaper alternatives? I was thinking of
> building a Pygmy Queen Charlotte for my next Kayak project and they seem
> to push these as the hatch choice, something like $180. I have built other
> Pygmy Kayaks and used their wooden hatch kits which were satisfactory. I
> presume they don't have a wooden hatch kit for the Queen Charlotte due to
> the flat deck and the leaking possiblity. I appreciate your thoughts!
The local boat shop has 8 inch and 10 inch flush mounting screw-in hatches for about$17.50 (Probably cheaper in the lower 48). I've used them and they are easy to install and work fine. I think most boat shop would have them and I think "West Marine" also has them mailorder.
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