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VCP Valley Weekender HC^

Post by pby5a » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:22 pm

I've been looking for this kayak owned by others that have a bit of experience on open water with it. Or just more experience with it than me. I would like to know if it's suitable for kayaking on the sea. The picture is my own kayak, only used on flat water (in Holland).

An 1985 VCP brochure I have got (digitally) says:

"Weekender.
A touring canoe, equally at home on river, lake, estuary or sea. The Weekender has a large slalom-sized cockpit and the cockpit-well drain incorporates a neat stainless steel carrying handle which doubles as a fixing point for a paddle-park. The rear deck is specially moulded to take rudderwires for an over-stern rudder which may be fitted as an extra.

Weekender H.
Many serious sea-canoeists do not require the specialised characteristics of the Eskimo-type expedition kayaks. The addition of hatches to the standard Weekender has produced the ideal design for those who require a shorter more manoeuvrable, stable craft. This version of the Weekender has already proved itself around the shores of Great Britain for those who like to escape to nature on the sea.

L443 B60 D32"

That giveS me alot of info, but anybody knows anybody that has one of these? It's a bit of sell talk I guess in this folder, so how suitable is it really...

I reckon mine is newer that 1985 because there's no mention of the decklines in the folder that my kayak has. It also has footrests, tubular, and of course bulkheads. It does not have any knee tubes or braces and it's very roomy. I guess difficult to roll/control therefore??

And final question, what you reckon it's worth still, just curious. Not selling anyway. Got my eyes on a second hand Nordkapp HM, so I just might not have to go onto the open water with this model. The HM is sold for 500 ish pounds, reasonable??

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by Bards » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:59 pm

Can't offer any help on the 'Weekender', but I can tell you the £450 I paid for a similar aged, faded gel coat but very well cared for hull on an HM was perfectly reasonable so the £500 sounds okay to me... and I'd spent a while enquiring after Nordkapps that went for silly money, despite miles on the clock. Years left in mine, with added bonus I don't need to feel all precious about landing too gently - can just gun it ashore and drag away to my heart's content...! Certainly over here most of the good buys seem to come from friends/clubs/fora/remote locations; NOT Ebay!
Any post on the subject of old-school VCP boats is likely to provide you with a deluge of info - you've definately chosen an obscure model, whatever a 'Weekender' was ;-)

Could be worth giving Valley themselves a tinkle? Doubt very much there's anything on the website...

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by Bards » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:59 pm

Can't offer any help on the 'Weekender', but I can tell you the £450 I paid for a similar aged, faded gel coat but very well cared for hull on an HM was perfectly reasonable so the £500 sounds okay to me... and I'd spent a while enquiring after Nordkapps that went for silly money, despite miles on the clock. Years left in mine, with added bonus I don't need to feel all precious about landing too gently - can just gun it ashore and drag away to my heart's content...! Certainly over here most of the good buys seem to come from friends/clubs/fora/remote locations; NOT Ebay!
Any post on the subject of old-school VCP boats is likely to provide you with a deluge of info - you've definately chosen an obscure model, whatever a 'Weekender' was ;-)

Could be worth giving Valley themselves a tinkle? Doubt very much there's anything on the website...

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by paddlenut3 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:28 pm

We have a Valley Weekender in our club! It is very popular with beginners as it's quite quick and easy to paddle. Definitely doesn't like to edge though and rough water would be a bouncy ride with possible queasy making slapping up and down and lots of spray in your face. I haven't tried to roll it, but apparently not as easy as a sea kayak. It is very light and fast though and should make for an easy, pleasant paddle in calm conditions.

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by Big Ade » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:58 pm

IIRCC, the weekender grew/ changed into the Selkie http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/sh ... selkie.pdf.
Selkies were a pretty good boat and I've seen a few out and about on week trips, etc.
Possibly a less wet weekender?

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by mick m » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:56 pm

Big Ade wrote:IIRCC, the weekender grew/ changed into the Selkie http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/sh ... selkie.pdf.
Selkies were a pretty good boat and I've seen a few out and about on week trips, etc.
Possibly a less wet weekender?
I know 2 peopal who paddled Selkies across Bass Strait , fully loded for 2 weeks thay wold have looked more like subs than kayaks. the selkie is a realy good boat for the smaler paddele , one bloke in our club even streched one into a dubel for his younsters to paddel on trips

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by gasserra » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:21 pm

I owned a Selkie for a while in addition to an old Pintail & an old Nordkapp HM. I bought the Selkie for a family member who found the other two a bit too much to manage. When I saw the photo of the Weekender, I thought it looked a lot like the Selkie. Obvious differences are that it does not have the pronounced Swede form of the Selkie, so the cockpit is not placed so far aft, and it has a slalom type cockpit instead of the ocean cockpit of the Selkie.

The Selkie is a very different boat from the other Valley boats I've known--about 16.5 feet long by 23 in wide, very straight keel (i.e., minimal rocker). flat bottom with rounded but very distinct bilges, and Swede form rather than the more typical Valley fish form. I found it stable, fast for its length, easy to turn, easy to surf, but not so good in rougher water. Of course, being used to a Pintail, I'm probably spoiled in that regard.

I sold the Selkie to a beginner kayaker who has been delighted with it.

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Re: VCP Valley Weekender HC

Post by pby5a » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:09 pm

It does seem to be a very rare model this, especially fully kitted. I've seen weekenders just as a hull, no lines, hatches, bulkheads. If you google it you find quite nothing.

From the other thread you all might know I just bought a HM so this weekender isn't going to see open water. Was curious nonetheless about this Weekender. Perhaps I should repost this in touring and inland.
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