Got a worn out Valley Kayak? Send it back for a Makeover

Friday, 19 August 2011
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Valley Kayak Ad in Ocean Paddler magazine.

Reading through the latest issue of Ocean Paddler magazine I stumbled upon this ad from Valley. Not sure how long they have been doing it but it’s the first I have heard of anybody manufacture offering this service.

For a flat fee of ₤150 Valley will refurbish your old kayak. The flat fee includes all new deck lines, bungies, hatch covers (you get the old ones as spares), pressure testing of compartments and minor leaks repaired as well as a major overhaul to the skeg system.

For an extra ₤50 they will throw in a keel strip which is a super deal considering you would pay that in material alone.

You are responsible to get the boat to and from their factory so this isn’t super practical to paddlers outside the United Kingdom. The service is only available during what I presume is the factory downtime (July to December) so this is a great way to keep the staff busy during that time.

Of course there is some small print (that can’t be read in this capture) which outlines how much hole repair they will do. Generally speaking it covers small holes around leaky bulkheads and skeg boxes. It will cost extra for that large crack down the length of hull.

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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