Building a Fishing Kayak Cooler #11: Fitting the Lid

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 05-06-2019 06:57 PM 614 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to fit the lid before fiberglassing it and coating it with epoxy. I fitted the handles as well.

Plane 3/16” spacers to set the hinge gap. The compression of the weatherstripping was perfect for this application. I used these same stainless steel hinges in my teardrop camper build. I installed the hinges closer to the outside edge than I had planned. It seemed this would be sturdier with the force of compressing the weatherstripping along the outside edges.

I’ve used this same stripping to seal small battery boxes for the fish finder and bilge pump in my Grumman Sport Boat.

The two hollow channels running through the strip allow it to compress, even with such a broad surface area.

Two rows of this stripping sealed the top edge of the cooler nicely.

Compress the lid to desired compression with a clamp, then mark and drill for the lower screws. This assures that the locking cam latch will close at the perfect tension. The lid is a stout design and that allows the use of just one cam latch. I’m impressed with the function of this stainless steel cam latch.

3/16” gap all the way around!

If I operated in a saltwater environment, I’d pay for better handles. These will do just fine…

With everything fitted, I proceeded to seal the lid.

Next Steps

1. Finish fiberglassing/sealing the lid.
2. Paint the exterior of the cooler.
3. Reinstall the hardware.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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