How to Make a Hatch Canopy

Item # X-HT-200482

Make your own hatch cover with our 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 video instructions on how to build a hatch canopy with the Sailrite Hatch Canopy Kit.

Finished hatch canopy made from a Sailrite kit installed on our Seaward 24 sailboat

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.