Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round 8" Lid

Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round 8

Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round 8" Lid

$ 39.95 USD

Valley hatch covers (aka lid) need periodic replacement. For decades Valley only made one size of their VCP Round hatch cover and it has been variously called the 7.5" or 8" lid. The inside opening of the hatch rim is about 7.5" diameter, the outside diameter of the rim the lid fits over is 8", the outside diameter of the rubber hatch lid itself is about 9". Valley now has a bigger round hatch that is used as a bow hatch on the Valley Gemini series and some Northshore kayaks, but the 8" hatch is still the standard for all Valley day hatches, Impex and Necky kayak day hatches and round bow hatches, and many other kayak brands including as an upgrade for the day hatch on NDK kayaks. This item is the replacement hatch lid only not the kit with the rim for building a kayak.

Rubber hatch covers deteriorate from exposure to the sun. Depending where you live and how you store your kayak (i.e. indoors or outside, covered or exposed) it is common to need to replace the hatch cover every three to ten years. If you store your kayak outdoors, a boat cover may pay for itself in terms of hatch lids alone (and a kayak cover will reduce fading and weakening of the rest of the kayak too).

Tip: Coat the outside of your rubber hatch covers at least once a year with 303 Protectant to extend their life. 303 blocks the sun's UV rays. Lubricate the hatch cover's seal and the lip of the hatch rim with a thin smear of 303 to make the hatch cover slip on more easily. Lubricating the hatch whenever it feels hard to close helps protect your kayak from cracking around the hatch rim from excess pressure while closing hatch lid. However, be careful not to over do it with the lubricant or your hatch cover may come off too easily.