We’ve had our Outland Hatch Covers for about a year and a half now, and we love the way that they keep the inside of the boat cool and don’t have to be removed to go sailing or if a squall threatens. They protect the hatches from crazing and clouding, and only took about 5 minutes to install.
A few days ago, a friend here in the harbor right now called us and thanked us profusely for recommending the hatch covers, which they bought about 6 months ago. And yes, they liked how cool they kept the boat. But there was another reason . . .
It seems that another friend was helping them do some work on a wind instrument at the top of the mast. And despite taking numerous precautions, the guy at the top of the mast dropped a hammer to the deck.
Well, actually not to the deck . . . but smack dab onto a hatch.
38 feet. Full-size hammer.
The only damage? A gouge in the hatch cover. Well, that and a lost hammer. It bounced on the hatch cover and over the lifeline into the water.
But the hatch didn’t break . . . or even get a scratch on it.
(Note: this story also illustrates why you never, ever stand near the mast when someone is working at the top of the mast — even a dropped screw is going to hurt if it hits you!)
Okay, you’re not going to buy hatch covers “just in case” someone drops a tool from the top of the mast. And Outland Hatch Covers isn’t going to guarantee that their covers will always protect in situations like that. But I have to say that I like the idea that these covers provide more protection than a fabric hatch cover does.
We’ve left the hatch covers in place during at least five squalls where it blew 40 knots or more. They stayed perfectly in place, tight against the hatch. The fasteners didn’t budge.
The Outland brothers told me that someone else had them hold through a hurricane (they were accidentally left on), although they recommend that you remove the covers when winds are expected to be over 50 knots — or when crossing oceans.
Also, when I told the Outland brothers — James, Steve and Bob — about the hammer hit, they gave me a little bit of info. Should you ever need to replace a cover that they already have the measurements for, you can do so very quickly and at a reduced price: $15 for the smallest up to $30 for the largest. Two other benefits: since they are all white and don’t change color in the sun, the replacement will match the originals perfectly; and since it’s made from the same pattern, the fasteners will line up perfectly with the new one!Learn more.