How to Make a Hatch Canopy

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Learn to make your own hatch cover with our new Hatch Canopy Kit. A hatch canopy is designed to protect an open hatch from sun and rain while allowing air to flow down into the cabin. The cover can be raised to increase air flow or lowered to help keep rain and moisture out. The canopy also provides excellent shade protection over the hatch. Watch our new video instructions on how to build a hatch canopy with the Sailrite Hatch Canopy Kit.

Sailrite’s Hatch Canopy Kit features Sur Last fabric, a tough, non-abrasive 100% solution-dyed polyester, that offers excellent weather and abrasion resistance with good breathability. SurLast has a urethane coating on one side to provide additional stability, increase water and mildew resistance, and minimize shrinking or stretching.

A spring batten sewn into the fabric along the edge can be shortened or lengthened by an aluminum pole to create a low or high arch in the front edge of the canopy. A high arch allows for maximum airflow and greater angle for rain run-off. A lower arch allows the hatch cover to block inclement weather while still allowing ventilation for the cabin.

The hatch cover attaches with two stabilizing lines secured to stanchions or shrouds at the rear and a front line around the forestay wire, furled sail, or bow pulpit. An adjustable webbing strap with buckle can be used to attach around a furled sail.

  1. Cassie said:

    I looked at you “How to build a Hatch Canopy” and think I might have a better “mouse trap.” OK – a better hatch tent.

    Mine starts with a square piece of sunbrella, perhaps your Sunbrella 6001-0000 Pacific Blue 60″ Marine Grade Fabric/ I take a “tuck in the front so that the front edge is about 30″ across. I put a tab about 24” up from the middle of the front where the tuck ends. I use either grommets on all corners and in the middle of each side or I sew loops of webbing, I have done both. I use bungees that hook onto the life lines, around the mast and a piece of line that wraps around the roller fulled sail at the front.

    It is infinitely adjustable, it can be fastened low to keep the hatch dry in a driving rain. It can be fastened high to provide a “scoop-like” breeze.


    PS – really enjoying my LZ-1

  2. Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

    • Cassie said:

      Thank Joe! It’s our goal this year to add new project instructions and tips every month. Let us know if you have any ideas!

  3. Have made many of the projects from sailrite, including the hatch cover. Came out perfect. Only issue is the line holding the cover goes over the corners of the weatherstrip (at 16:46 ), allowing water into the boat

    I like the simplicity of it. It looks great, but there has to be a better (without drilling!) way of securing the hatch cover to the hatch. Might try dual lock or snaps

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