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    Default Square hatch conversion

    Winter time projects...On my Hobie Outback I only use one hatch a lot- the rear 8 inch circular hatch where I have the Hobie battery kit installed...but I am seriously considering the square hatch conversion on the center 8 inch circular hatch...question to all my Outback buddies who have the square hatch- how much do you actually use it? I have opened my center hatch maybe 6 times since I have had the Lady Luck...is it worth the time and money?
    "Lady Luck" 2016 Red Hibiscus Outback
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    I use my square hatch with the square bucket every trip. I store one plano box, my fishing license, and my phone there (stays nice and dry!). I was on the fence about upgrading to it too, but I'm happy with it and I find it useful/convenient.
    Jake

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    I had a 2013 model outback that I installed that hatch in. I used the hell out of it. I used the bucket and could fit pretty much everything I would use plus a little more in it. And on the inside of the hatch itself I took a dremel tool and removed all of the material behind the little web net and used that for tiny tackle trays for spinners and jigs for perch. The system they have for the 2 tackle trays that comes up when you open the hatch I thought was useless. The bucket will hold 3 and a little extra. The only reason I even used my crate after that was for rod holders. It was definitely worth it for me.

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    I carry a small tackle bag between my legs and very seldom ever open my square hatch.

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    I have the square hatch and store all my tackle boxes and lures in there. I actually use the slots for the plano boxes in the hatch. Works for me

    Yak67
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    I have the bucket. I keep 3 Plano boxes inside. Best mode I've done to date.
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    Ron,

    I will be doing this modification as well in a couple of months. From everything I've read and seen on YouTube, it seems like a worthwhile mod.

    One word of caution though, there was a video or two along with some (non-Snaggedline) forum posts that alluded to the bucket not fitting properly in the hull after the square hatch was cut out. Apparently, the depth inside the hull was just a hair too small to accommodate the bucket. Individuals overcame this problem by modifying, cutting, and plastic welding the bottom corner of the bucket.
    One particular individual in his video showed how he cut the square hatch along the long axis of the kayak rather than perpendicular to it. By installing the hatch 90degrees off (i.e. sideways), the bucket slipped right into the deepest part of the hull without the need to cut/modify the bucket. This individual also claimed that by turning the hatch 90degrees he can open the lid without having it interfere with his legs.

    I'm not sure if this problem was unique to an older model of Outback, or Hobie modified the depth of the drop-in bucket since this problem was highlighted, but the lack of complaints from Outback owners in more recent posts and videos leads me to believe this problem has been resolved. It is worth mentioning, however, in case folks are concerned how an open hatch -- installed perpendicularly -- would interfere (or not) with their legs.

    https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=54136&_ga=2.78174102.38971156 6.1497795887-528139395.1491748479

    https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=53645
    Last edited by baitball; 02-11-2018 at 05:28 AM.
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    Manny, the 2015 Outback changed the cockpit layout for the Vantage seat and that affected the depth, allowing for the square hatch Tackle management system...
    "Lady Luck" 2016 Red Hibiscus Outback
    "Wet Dream" 2011 yellow Ocean Prowler 13

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    just to chime in, i converted my PA to the 'bucket' from the slot, makes the storage MUCH more useful.
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    I'd recommend doing the mod. I use mine with the bucket and like others have mentioned it holds 2 Plano 3640s with a little room to spare. The netting on the lid is a great spot for keys, license, chapstick, and other items I want easy access to. I'm considering doing away with my blackpak this year and building the PVC rod holder setup. That will leave the entire cargo area open for a cooler full of beer or hopefully my toddlers lounge chair.
    2015 Hobie Outback
    2001 Dagger Cayman

    John

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