What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

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What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by hutchcanada » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:58 am

I have a Valley Nordkapp HS. Round hatches, chimp pump, no skeg, ocean cockpit, aluminum bar footrest. Only serial # I can find is on the inside of the kayak behind the seat and it reads 7830. I'm really curious to know what year this kayak was made. Valley has not responded to my emails. Thanks for any help!ImageImage

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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by Aled » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:55 pm

It has the older deck fittings, so I'd suggest pre-1990

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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by pathbrae » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:33 pm

Give them a ring - email doesn't seem to work too well.

I think my HM, which has similar deck fittings, hatches and cockpit, but no pump, is about 1986 but I can't read the serial on the Valley certificate any more
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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by JB-NL » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:14 am

Aled wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:55 pm
It has the older deck fittings, so I'd suggest pre-1990
Definitely before '90, presume '88.
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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by hutchcanada » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:57 pm

Yes it for sure has the molded in deck fittings. I'm wondering why it came with no skeg - maybe thats how it was ordered?

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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by pathbrae » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:58 pm

hutchcanada wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:57 pm
I'm wondering why it came with no skeg - maybe thats how it was ordered?
I don't know when retractable skegs first appeared (but I'm sure someone will....) but the early Nordkapps came as HM - Hull Modified - which had a built in fixed skeg as an extension of the hull molding and HS - Hull Standard - no skeg. (Actually, I think the HS came first with the HM following on a little later)
My HM is a pig to turn but is great in a straight line in everything but a sea coming onto the rear quarter, so as long as you can get the HS to track, you're probably in the right boat. :-)
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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by Ken_T » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:51 am

Hi,
Being slightly pedantic HS stood for Hatches Standard, HM Hatches Modified, boats built without hatches started with an 'S'.
Ken

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Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Post by pathbrae » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:33 pm

Ken_T wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:51 am
Hi,
Being slightly pedantic HS stood for Hatches Standard, HM Hatches Modified, boats built without hatches started with an 'S'.
Ken
Indeed... From the "Nordkapp" history within this forum there is "

According to the Nordkapp page of their 1985 brochure, Valley offered 12 variants of the Nordkapp in those early days. (Thanks to Arnold Kuiter for the .pf). You could have a basic boat with no hatches and the original hull design (an SS - Standard deck / Standard hull) or a pair of hatches and either the standard or modified hulls (HS or HM - Hatches / Standard or Modified hull). If you wanted a "large, racing style cockpit with a sliding seat", that too could be yours with the designation L. There was even an R variant, that having a hull fitted with an inbuilt understern rudder."

I quite like the idea of paddling "SS Nordkapp" - that should get the attention of port control when coming up the Forth
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