Glad you were able to make the event!
We had hoped to do the transition to our new Hobie designed hatches during a model year change, but these are way to important not to get into production mid-season. The new hatches are way more water tight than the ones we had been buying. They also hinge, so stay with the boat and have a nicer none skid surface... they don't chew up your skin.
The 6" hatches use the same hole pattern, but we changed the pattern on the 8" so you can mount and change them again at 90 degree incrments. Due to the hinge feature some may want different angles (open up, down left or right).
The hatches will be:
71701 6" Twist-n-Seal hatch $35.00
71702 8" Twist-n-Seal hatch $45.00
We will be offering a retro package to dealers once we get the hatches on all of our boats in stock (by March).
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Warranty and Technical Support
Hobie Cat USA