Valley Hatch Cover VCP Oval Lid

Valley Hatch Cover VCP Oval Lid

Valley Hatch Cover VCP Oval Lid

$ 75.95 USD

Valley Standard Oval Hatch Cover (aka VCP hatch lid) need periodic replacement. Valley only has a couple sizes of Oval hatch covers, and this is the common one that has been around since the 1990's. The nominal dimensions for the inside opening of the hatch are 16"x9". This hatch lid is used on many brands of kayaks in addition to Valley kayaks (in particular, it fits Necky Kayaks, Impex Kayaks, etc. with this style hatch) where it is used as a stern hatch and sometimes a bow hatch too. This item is the replacement hatch lid only not the kit with the rim for building a kayak.

Rubber hatch covers wear out 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. Put a thin smear of 303 on the inside of the hatch cover's seal and the lip of the hatch rim 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 else your hatch cover may come off too easily.