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@Bob Harland wrote:

It’s good practice to have a lanyard particularly on the aft hatch – GRP does not float.

While cruising you often need to unhook the lanyard to get at the food or to take the sleeping bags out. The hatch cover is then at risk again. I simply glued some Tempex foam to the inside of the hatch cover. That makes the cover float when it should accidentally slide of the boat. You could of course still use a lanyard with this foam solution, I just don’t bother.