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One of the compelling reason to buy my used Valley Argonaut was Valley's reputation for great hatchs and covers. The covers on the boat when I bought it showed wear - not surprising. The new covers fit perfectly. Was in rough water several times in the past month and didn't have as much as a drop in any of the 3 hatchs. I am sure neither of my other boats would have performed similarly. Nice to know Rutabaga has great products and service to match. Thanks
Reviewed by: Jefferson Doggett from Woodbridge, Virginia.
I was a bit worried about the fit of these hatch covers because I wasn't sure if I should measure from the inside of the hatch opening or the outside of the cover itself. However, I called Rutabaga shipping and the rep was very helpful. Fortunately, the covers fit perfectly and my Avocet is ship shape and sea worthy again.
Reviewed by: Susan from Wilmette, IL.
I recently discovered that old Valley boat hatch covers self destruct over time (mine were 12 years old). This is the exact factory replacement...even the logo. Thanks Rutabaga for making it available and for the lightning speed of shipping and delivery. I replaced all three hatches and my old Pintail will continue to dance for at least another decade!
Reviewed by: Dan O'Connell from Mound, MN.
Both front and back hatches on my Valley Skerray rotted out at the same time after 13 years of abuse. Valley make fabulous hatches however. I even pressure tested my last Oval hatch by a misguided attempt at keeping steaks cool on a Lake Superior camping trip. It seems dry ice is not a smart thing to add to the inside of a kayak hatch, especially when it's sealed with one of these wonderfully tight covers. In a scene straight from "Sink the Bismark", there was an explosion from my boat as the dry ice turned to gas and the hatch cover shot upward at great speed. 3 stunned paddlers wondered why the Skerray was "smoking" from the back hatch, then almost capsized with laughter as we put two and two together.
If this hatch provides anything like as good a seal as the valley hatch it replaces, I will be a very happy kayak camper for years to come
Reviewed by: sandy templeton from chanhassen, MN.
I have used Valley hatch covers for years. They are the best in terms of keeping your hatches dry. I am so pleased to find that Rutabaga carries them.
Reviewed by: Glen Michaels from Plattsburgh, NY.