Update 19/12/2015: I’ve just sold Lolo and waved her goodbye!! Noooooo…..
But it had to be done. All due to my replacement knee. I found that paddling the Nordkapp requires a more straight leg position. At first this was fine, but from the trips I did in August I started to realise that anything longer than two hours in the boat, my knee would be screaming in agony! Not only that, I could hardly stand/walk afterwards. It has taken me until December to finally make that awful decision to sell her on. I am not exactly happy about it. I love this boat. The rougher the conditions, the better she seemed to paddle. If you get a chance to paddle one I would recommend you do! Nordkapps are beautiful, sleek designs!
So, I am going back to a Valley Etain, which is the boat I had before. I paddled a demo last weekend and spent 3+ hours ripping up the surf in Anglesey. We had a great time and I could walk at the end of the session. In fact I don’t remember thinking about walking until afterwards.
My new Etain is not going to be Carbon/Kevlar and will be yellow on white. Although I’m excited about getting a new Etain, I am still sad saying goodbye to the Nordkapp. We had some good times. At least I am confident she is going to a good home.
Having paddled the demo Valley Nordkapp Førti during the Anglesey Sea Symposium, I decided to buy one! As you can see she is lovely in yellow with, if you look carefully, sparkly bits. Made of Carbon Kevlar she is pretty light too! She arrived on Friday night.
Yesterday (Saturday) I spent much of the day working on her outfitting and generally fettling: Fitting my towline, paddle tubes, reflective strips, setting my seat position and foot pegs and putting some closed cell foam between the foot pegs and bulkhead.