Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round 5", 6", 8" & 10" Diameter Lid
Valley Hatch Cover VCP Round 5", 6", 8" & 10" Diameter Lid
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 "Standard Round Lid". The inside opening of the hatch rim is about 7.68"/19.5cm diameter, the outside diameter of the rim the lid fits over is about 8" but not exactly, 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 so called 8" lid is still the standard for all Valley day hatches (except the Gemini SP), and Impex and Necky kayak day hatches. Additionally NDK kayak owners can upgrade the day hatch cover to the Valley Std. Round Lid (only the day hatch is interchangeable between NDK and Valley the other NDK hatches use Kajak Sport covers). The Std. Round Lid (AKA 8") works on both composite and roto-molded PE plastic kayaks that came with that size lid.
Note: The "Standard Round Lid" has a tab on the inside that you can melt a hole through in order to attach a tether from it to the inside of your kayak's hatch compartment. When Valley builds a composite kayak they melt a hole in this tab (but not on their Roto-Molded PE kayaks), but when they make and sell the replacement lids it is up to the buyer to melt the hole if you want to tether the lid from the inside (and don't bother trying to drill a hole through this rubber tab). Alternatively you could tie a bungee cord around the groove on the outside of the lid and attach an external tether to that. Pro tip: The easiest way to melt a hole in the tab is with a pointy tipped soldering iron.
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) and it is the same Pod and cover for both composite kayaks and RM PE plastic kayaks.
There are two versions of the 10" diameter Valley Bow hatch cover. These covers look nearly identical, but 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 "NSVSK COMP" molded into the rubber where "COMP" is short for composite kayaks). 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 inside of the lid has "PE" molded into the rubber where "PE" is short for polyethylene plastic kayaks).
Kajak Sport substitute hatch covers for Valley hatches:
In recent years Kayak Sport has started making their Original Rubber style hatch covers in sizes to fit some of the Valley hatch rims. For Valley Round Hatch Covers, Kajak Sport now has replacements for two of the five sizes of Valley Oval Covers: the Standard Round Cover and the 10" PE Round Cover. These covers will NOT fit on kayaks that came with Kayak Sport Hatches - see our other Kayak Sport Hatch Cover product pages for those kayaks. Valley hatch covers are made of polyurethane and float. Kayak Sport Original Rubber hatch covers are made of natural rubber (latex) which sinks. Some people prefer the KS brand hatch covers as they tend to hold up longer to UV sunlight, but since the material and design is different we can not guarantee the fit or function of these hatch covers on a kayak that came with Valley hatches. Use at your own risk. If you want the same level of waterproof and security as the kayak came with then buy the Valley brand hatch cover.
Hatch covers deteriorate from exposure to the sun (UV). Depending where you live (Arizona or chemical refinery next door?) and how you store your kayak (i.e. indoors or outside, covered or exposed, upside down or right-side up, 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.
- 5" round "Pod" fits:
- Valley Kayak with removable "pod" in front of cockpit
- NOTE: "5" round hatch" fits composite (glass) and roto-molded (RM) PE kayaks
- 6" round "Mini" fits:
- Valley Kayak "whiskey" / glove-box hatch in front of cockpit
- NOTE: "6" round hatch" fits composite (glass) and roto-molded (RM) PE kayaks
- 8" Std. round fits (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" fits composite (glass) and roto-molded (RM) PE kayaks
- 10" composite (glass etc.) kayak fits:
- Valley composite Gemini and Sirona bow hatches
- 10" roto-moulded PE kayak fits:
- Valley RM Gemini PE
- Valley RM Sirona PE
- NorthShore RM Aspect PE
- NorthShore RM Atlantic PE
This item is the replacement hatch lid only, not the kit with the rim for building a kayak.
Please call if you are unsure which hatch cover is needed for your kayak hatch.