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I have a used Field & Stream Talon 12 Kayak. It set atop my van right side up for 2 days. It rained during those 2 days almost non-stop. After opening the bow hatch storage area, I found about a 1/2- 3/4 gallons of water (maybe a little more). After doing a test for water leaks I discovered the center dry area cylinder (next to the seat) leaks very heavily.

 

Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a rubber gasket that attaches to the screw on top cylinder cap? I'm asking because maybe mine is missing the rubber gasket.

 

Thanks in advance!

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First thing I would do is go to the closest Dicks Sporting Goods and look at one up close in the store.  If it appears that yours is missing that O-ring piece, you can probably ask the store to order it for you.  That particular kayak has a unique hatch in that it is a screw-in style hatch.  I think I have only seen a couple other manufacturers use that approach, one being Feel Free aka Moken.  You might check the dimensions on the hatch itself and see if one from a Moken or other round hatch might work.  I know my Hobie has a 8" hatch that opens on a hinge but it has an o-ring as well.

 

Unfortunately, there are not many DIY options for that style hatch.  You could try finding some adhesive-backed narrow weatherstripping and place it on the underside of the hatch lid.  There should be a lip of some form.  If so, that might work in the short term, but over time the opening and closing of the hatch would cause it to come loose and need to be replaced again.

 

The replacement o-ring is probably the best option.

 

Hope that helps you out in some way.

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First thing I would do is go to the closest Dicks Sporting Goods and look at one up close in the store.  If it appears that yours is missing that O-ring piece, you can probably ask the store to order it for you.  That particular kayak has a unique hatch in that it is a screw-in style hatch.  I think I have only seen a couple other manufacturers use that approach, one being Feel Free aka Moken.  You might check the dimensions on the hatch itself and see if one from a Moken or other round hatch might work.  I know my Hobie has a 8" hatch that opens on a hinge but it has an o-ring as well.

 

Unfortunately, there are not many DIY options for that style hatch.  You could try finding some adhesive-backed narrow weatherstripping and place it on the underside of the hatch lid.  There should be a lip of some form.  If so, that might work in the short term, but over time the opening and closing of the hatch would cause it to come loose and need to be replaced again.

 

The replacement o-ring is probably the best option.

 

Hope that helps you out in some way.

 

Thanks! I appreciate the advice. I was hoping someone in the forum had a kayak like mine, so I could avoid driving 45 minutes to Dicks Sporting goods. I hate driving in that direction because the cities I have to pass through, have too many red light traffic cameras. The last thing I need is to be forced to donate money to a city :laugh5: .

 

Thanks again!

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The problem was resolved. Dicks Sporting Goods does not sell the gasket for the center hatch. It can not be ordered. The gasket is specific to the Field and Stream Talon 12 kayak. The Manager at Dicks allowed me to swap out one of the floor models center hatches. He was also nice enough to let me swap out a drain plug. Mine was leaking.

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