Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round Pod, 6", 8" & 10" Diameter Lid

Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round Pod, 6

Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round Pod, 6", 8" & 10" Diameter Lid

$ 36.00 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 or the Std. Round lid. The inside opening of the hatch rim is about 7.5" diameter, the outside diameter of the rim the lid fits over is about 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 and Sirona series kayaks and some NorthShore kayaks, but the 8" hatch is still the standard for all Valley day hatches (except the Gemini SP), and Impex and Necky kayak day hatches. Additionally NDK kayak owners like to upgrade the day hatch cover to the Valley Std. Round Cover (only the day hatch is interchangeable between NDK and Valley the other hatches use Kajak Sport covers). This item is the replacement hatch lid only, not the kit with the rim for building a kayak.

Newer model Valley kayaks (Etain, Sirona, Gemini) have a "4th" hatch in front of the cockpit commonly called the "whiskey" hatch or glove-box. This uses a 6" (AKA "Mini") hatch cover, and the same cover is used for both composite kayaks and roto-molded PE kayaks. For the first few years of production the Etain and Gemini came with a removable "Pod" in front of the cockpit rather than a hatch with a fixed bucket in the deck. This Pod uses a special 5" hatch lid (slightly smaller than the "Mini" 4th hatch lid).

There are two versions of the 10" diameter Valley Bow hatch cover and they are not interchangeable. One is for Composite (glass) kayaks which have a separate molded black plastic hatch rim. These are used on composite Valley Gemini and Sirona (The inside of the lid has the following molded into the rubber: "NSVSK COMP"). The other 10" Bow hatch cover is for roto-molded (RM) polyethylene (PE) kayaks where the hatch rim is just molded into the shape of the deck not a separate piece. These are used on Valley RM Gemini PE, RM Sirona PE, and NorthShore RM Aspect PE and RM Atlantic PE. The 5", 6" and 8" diameter round hatches work on both composite and roto-molded PE kayaks.

Rubber hatch covers deteriorate from exposure to the sun. Depending where you live (Arizona or chemical refinery next door?) and how you store your kayak (i.e. indoors or outside, covered or exposed, hatch covers on or off the kayak) 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). Treating the outside of the lid with 303 Protectant at least once a year will slow down the UV deterioration.

Tip: 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 overdo it with the lubricant or your hatch cover may come off too easily -- excess 303 can be wiped off with a paper towel.

Cheat sheet:

  • 5" round "Pod" good for:
    • Valley Kayak with removable "pod" in front of cockpit
    • NOTE: "5" round hatch" is good for composite (glass) and roto-molded (RM) PE kayaks
  • 6" round "Mini" good for:
    • Valley Kayak "whiskey" / glove-box hatch in front of cockpit
    • NOTE: "6" round hatch" is good for composite (glass) and roto-molded (RM) PE kayaks
  • 8" Std. round good for (note it isn't really 8" diameter):
    • All Valley Kayak day hatches (except composite Gemini SP see 6")
    • All Impex/Necky/NorthShore day hatches and some round bow hatches
    • NDK day hatches (as an upgrade)
    • NOTE: "8" Std. round hatch" is good for composite (glass) and roto-molded (RM) PE kayaks
  • 10" composite (glass etc.) kayak good for:
    • Valley composite Gemini and Sirona bow hatches
  • 10" roto-moulded PE kayak good for:
    • Valley RM Gemini PE
    • Valley RM Sirona PE
    • NorthShore RM Aspect PE
    • NorthShore RM Atlantic PE

Please call if you are unsure which hatch cover is needed for your kayak hatch.