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Tahe Reval^

Post by Fenn123 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi, I am looking for my first sea kayak. I already paddle a LD surf ski, so I am not new to the sea, just to the boats. I would like to do some journeys and expeds, but also use it to paddle in on colder days quickly. I am considering a Tahe Marine Reval as they seem good value and sound like what I am after.

Anyone any thoughts or other recommendations?

Thanks.

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Mikebelluk » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:51 pm

Thinking of buying a composite boat, I had a good look at the Reval a few months ago in BigCanoeShop and my impression was that the quality of the finishing to the boat leaves a lot to be desired.
The inner surface to the deck fittings was a thin coat of resin through which I could see the thread of the bolt holding it in place, not a nice and smooth bump like a P&H or Valley boat, and I actually skinned my shin on one getting out of the boat. The coaming is quite thin and flexible, and the external seam finish was really rough.

The quality of the layup was good though, but overall you can see why it is a lot cheaper compared to a Brit made boat, and I decided I would rather wait for a good second hand Rockpool, Valley or P&H boat to come up rather than shell out on a Reval.

[There is a brand new Capella 167 for sale from Sea to Summit on Anglesey for less than £1500 I believe!]

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Summit to Sea » Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:42 am

Mikebelluk wrote:There is a brand new Capella 167 for sale from Sea to Summit on Anglesey for less than £1500 I believe!
Mike, you're quite right, we've 2 Capella 167 left at that £1,495, one Orange Deck/Yellow Trim/White Hull and one Red Deck/Yellow Trim/White Hull.

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Fenn123 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:45 am

Thanks for replies. I cant seem to click on the store icon on your website?

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by John W » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:44 am

Brendan

Have PM'ed you.

JW

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Kate D » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:25 pm

If you are smallish (under 5'8" perhaps) I will have a 12 month old cetus LV for sale soon. Could be just what you are looking for.

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Fenn123 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:37 pm

Kate D wrote:If you are smallish (under 5'8" perhaps) I will have a 12 month old cetus LV for sale soon. Could be just what you are looking for.
Thanks, but I am just over 6ft.

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Fenn123 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:42 pm

The reason I was looking at the Reval, was that you can pick a second hand carbon one up for about £1000. Not sure yet I can justify too much more on a boat that wont be my main one.

I am guessing there wont be many second hand taran's about yet, but the capella 167 looks interesting. is it big enough for a long weekends kit? Do people generally go for rudders on the back?

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Kate D » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:21 am

The Capella 167 is easily big enough for a long weekends worth of kit. This of course depends on you not packing the kitchen sink, but you'd have no problem with kit and food for a week.
Happy paddling,
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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Ceegee » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:04 pm

Fenn123 wrote:The reason I was looking at the Reval, was that you can pick a second hand carbon one up
A bargain is a bargain, but of course, Tahe's are cheaper new too. Their carbon boats are similar in new price to most standard ones from other manufacturers.

Never could understand the fascination with carbon for sea kayaks. On the water, the weight difference is a good lunch, a couple of bottles of wine in the hatch or a couple of six packs (what, 19kg instead of 23kg?). The only real advantage is in loading the (empty) boat onto the roof rack (personally I'd rather spend the cash on Kari-teks rail system). In a real crash'n'bash situation I doubt if carbon comes off much better either. It's stiffer, lighter but not indestructible. As long as you have 2" of water under the boat, what's the big advantage?

Steve
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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Fenn123 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:31 pm

You are of course quite right, the only reason I was looking at a carbon one was because we have a motorhome and it would be easier lifting on and off.

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by Mikebelluk » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:37 pm

If you're after a light boat [19kg] this one's for sale.. £1500 ono!

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by John W » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:05 pm

Brendan

Have sent you another PM with an idea.

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Re: Tahe Reval

Post by tg » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:16 pm

Ceegee

Never could understand the fascination with carbon for sea kayaks. On the water, the weight difference is a good lunch, a couple of bottles of wine in the hatch or a couple of six packs (what, 19kg instead of 23kg?). The only real advantage is in loading the (empty) boat onto the roof rack (personally I'd rather spend the cash on Kari-teks rail system). In a real crash'n'bash situation I doubt if carbon comes off much better either. It's stiffer, lighter but not indestructible. As long as you have 2" of water under the boat, what's the big advantage?
Steve,

I have to respond to this. My carbon Greenland weighs 13.75kg. It makes a huge difference. Not just moving the boat about but on the water too. It's just great to paddle. I appreciate your comment but just for the simple purity of putting the paddle in the water ... I'll qualify this though. I recentenly bought a G.T ... for all the reasons stated above! It's still only about 18kgs.

Tim
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Re: Tahe Reval^

Post by Wicamoi » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:08 am

Hi Fenn123
I tried out a Reval in 2009. It seemed to be well made but I found it somewhat disconcertingly tippy (by which I think I mean it had low primary stability). I do not consider myself any kind of expert though.

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