North Wales Kayak Fishing

fitting a mazzif hatch to a fat yak kaafu
it was decided that replacing the molded in rubber front hatch on the fat yak would give a little more access space i also like to tuck my paddle blade under the bungee on the front of the kayak while i am drift fishing this gives me quick access to the paddle at the end of each drift the fat yak has 2 built in hatches with rubber covers but both hatch rims protrude a little making it a little awkward when tucking in my paddle blade at the front so the mazzif replacement hatch will sit flush and eliminate this problem for me

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as you can see both hatch covers here are not that much difference in size only about an inch but 1 will flush mount so first thing is to check the mazzif hatch and see if i have enough Clarence for the hatch frame to be fitted

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a nice easy way to do this is with the rubber seal that is supplied with the mazzif hatch

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next step is my first cut taking the time to mark out the cut its a little smaller than needed allowing me to adjust the hole for the final fit with a drill a small hole was drilled to allow the jig saw blade to fit inside and start the cut

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taking plenty of time and not rushing the cut the first cut out was made

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the edges cleaned off with a bit of sand paper all ready for the final marking and cut

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i used an indelible black ink pen to make the final precise markings of the final cut ready for the jigsaw

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an electric file just to finish of the cut out and clean the edges its a bigger hole than i thought it would be ::) but the new hatch fits just right

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don't throw away the loose shavings and extra bits of waste plastic keep them in a bag they are the exact color and plastic type if you need to fill in any holes in the future so they are very handy to keep

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the hatch and its rubber seal was then carefully pushed in to place and 4 even bolt holes were drilled and nuts and bolts fitted this keeps it all nice in place and ready for the rest of the bolts to be drilled and fitted

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with the rest of the nuts and bolts fitted using washers on the inside all was tightened up and the supplied inner bag was fitted

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the job took about half hour and has achieved the flush mount i needed on the front hatch its a neat job and well worth doing the inner bag easily removes giving full access to the inner hull should i need it