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The company Sea-Lect is a small and growing company however they provide superior products. I was reading a thread on replacement hatch covers for the Avocet and Sea-Lect was highlighted as the best option. They have 2 types of covers. One is a very strong and extremely tight fitting locking hatch. I purchased 3 and loaded up from Chicago to do a major trip in the Pacific Ocean with serious wave pounding surfing and a tour around Channel Islands . The hatches were amazingly tight and waterproof however I had an issue with my day hatch that blew off. I have a polyethylene boat. I contacted Jed from Sea-Lect and reported the concern. After a few correspondences they determined that I should use a new product made of Santoprene for plastic boats.
Not only did they send me 3 new hatch covers but they also let me keep the composite hatches. I was in constant communication with Jed the Sales, Dealer Services, Product Development.
Sea-Lect products and customer service are state of the art and they treat every customer and order with a personal and professional attitude and demeanor.
I recommend Sea-Lect for any paddling related needs.
Mine are Performance grade, with a soft, pliable rim surrounding a rigid, domed center which scratches easily but shrugs off UV and crashing waves. They replace VCP exactly but other common sizes and different constructions are also available. I'm not sure what they cost normally because mine came from the NFCT auction, but I believe it's < VCP's. I also bought one in even-less-expensive Recreational grade, which is homogeneous (all one material) similar to VCP and original Kajaksport covers.
I wanted to keep my hatches from flooding. With the Sea-lects in place, after rolling repeatedly, not a drop had gotten by them. I never count on that degree of watertight, but it's impressive.
• these 2 grades float, but just barely. A 3rd grade (Classic) may not float. (It's hard to tell because the company is positively laconic about their products, even in their print catalog. Website and catalog simply say Injection Molded Polymer about all 3 builds; packaging says Black Inj Mld Nyl (as if they're charged by the letter) for the 2 I got.) In any case, unless you only paddle in swimming pools, don't neglect fastening covers to deck lines or hull.
• durability, both of the product and of the company, is unknown. The company distributes a range of good, useful, boat-related items, but we all know strong, balanced, high-quality companies that aren't around any more. The covers fit perfectly (which affects durability: stretched rubber deteriorates faster) and are apparently extremely well made.
My advice: if your hatch covers are cracking, try to find Sea-Lect replacements now.