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Re: Glove Box under foredeck.
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Completely different from one of the flexible protruding hatch covers you are talking about.

Though 'anything is possible' in the right (aka wrong) conditions, I think most instances of hatch covers being 'pulled off' are actually covers blown off by inside air pressure increase caused by the hull and (more usually) deck of the boat being collapsed/compressed by a breaking wave or surf. This is a lot more common with flexible (plastic) or lightly built glass boats than it would be with a stiff wood-composite boat, I think.
Reducing the 'free air' inside the compartments with a gear load or air bag can help prevent this. And- as mentioned already- an air bag will keep the boat afloat and in paddling condition even if the hatch blows off, so they are a wise addition if heading out to play with an empty boat.
I also think it would be unusual for a paddler to be 'sucked out' of a boat - it's hard to think of a mechanism for this - but it is not unusual IME for a paddler to do an 'instinctive bail out' and not recall it clearly afterwards: "All of a sudden I was in the water!".
If rocks or the beach are nearby this may be a case of the unconscious brain trying to protect us from our bad conscious decisions ?? :-)

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