Skin-on-frame kayaks have one disadvantage: they are difficult to load, because the installation of hatches in the flexible skin is more complicated than in hard-shell plastic kayaks. Thus, a skin-on-frame kayak can only be loaded through the cockpit in a complicated way or you stow the luggage on the deck. With the fuselage frame construction, the frames also narrow the clear space inside the kayak, which in turn makes it more difficult to load luggage into the kayak.
Our NANOOK kayak is also available with a hatch system. Three additional milled parts allow you to easily install a hatch from the finnish manufacturer "Kajak Sport", which is included in the delivery. The hatch is located on the deck behind the cockpit and allows you to better use the storage space in the rear half of the boat without having to load your luggage from under the backrest.
Installation in the kayak
The three milled parts are oiled and then installed with the other components when building the kayak frame. An additional frame is installed and, together with frame 7, carries a ring into which the hatch ring will later be screwed. First, however, the kayak is skinned and painted. After the paint has dried, the hatch ring is placed on top, sealed with some sealant and additionally screwed to the ring inside the kayak. Then the skin inside the hatch can be cut out and the hatch is ready for use. The hatch cover is secured inside the kayak with a cord (the skin-on-frame design offers plenty of fixing options).
In our store you can order the hatch system for the "NANOOK Skin-on-Frame Kayak Kit" as an option. Our construction plan includes the necessary lines to fabricate the wooden parts. The building instructions describes the installation of the hatch system.