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The Valkyrie Mist.

Key features:

Very Light weight – fast acceleration, ease of portage and brilliant for lifting onto roof racks etc.

Durable – built with green oak and ash, chosen for excellent weight to strength characteristics, and with a ballistic nylon skin, this is a boat that will withstand both the elements and the trials of solid use.

Affordability – the simpler build process and reduced timber within the structure makes this boat significantly cheaper than the Valkyrie Cedar and Canvas Shearwaters.

 

Mist 14 – The Skin on Frame Open Canoe (Standard Build £1900) Now available

Length: 4.3m/ 14’2″  Beam: 89cm/ 35″  Weight: 19kg/ 42lb

Mist is designed as a very light, beautiful and responsive solo boat.  It is fitted out as a tandem and will carry two, but is most suitable for one.  The two seats provide good sitting positions for adjusting trim as conditions dictate.

Designed to combine the various elements of length, rocker and hull cross section this boat handles beautifully.  It can be build with an upswept or a lower fore and aft profile  It has excellent manoeuvrability, holds a good line and has ample space for solo gear for extended touring, or for day kit and short expeditions for tandem paddlers…..For the solo canoeist this is the ideal boat.

The hull shape is based on the Valkyrie Shearwater 14.

This is a light open canoe designed for general purpose paddling.  Its design is based on the original birch bark canoes where a timber frame supported the outer skin of birch bark.  However, where the materials of the birch bark canoe produced a boat with a short life span, these canoes should last for years.

Moving and shallow water tests have been favourable.  The boat withstands moderate impacts without noticeable damage to the timber work and with minimal damage to the skin.  The skin damage is essentially marking in the epoxy coating, which can be remedied through reapplication of epoxy, as and when required.  The boat handles very well and therefore, in the hands of an able paddler, would make a good moving water boat.

 

 

Merlin 16 – The Skin on Frame Open Canoe (Standard Build £2000) Now available

Length: 4.9m/ 16’2″  Beam: 85cm/ 33″    Weight: 21kg/ 53lb

Mist is a very light, beautiful and responsive boat. This beautiful canoe is designed along the lines of the traditional ‘Prospector’ with a focus on an exceptional all-rounder.  It is fitted out as a tandem boat but is light and manoeuvrable enough to be a very responsive solo boat.

Designed with a slight rocker, moderate hull curvature and graceful fore and aft profiles, it handles well across a range of conditions.  Its hull shape provides excellent manoeuvrability, has good tracking characteristics and its profile provides minimal wind resistance.   It has ample space for day gear and room enough for all the gear needed for extended touring.

The hull shape is based on the Valkyrie Shearwater 16.

This is a light open canoe designed for general purpose paddling.  Its design is based on the original birch bark canoes where a timber frame supported the outer skin of birch bark.  However, where the materials of the birch bark canoe produced a boat with a short life span, these canoes should last for years.

Moving and shallow water tests have been favourable.  The boat withstands moderate impacts without noticeable damage to the timber work and with minimal marking on the skin.  The skin damage is essentially marking in the epoxy coating, which can be remedied through reapplication of epoxy, as and when required.  The boat handles very well and therefore, in the hands of an able paddler, would make a good moving water boat.

 

Light as a feather – Lifting the Mist 14

Materials:

Timber:  The entire frame is constructed from a combination of timbers chosen for specific attributes.  The choice of timber can be adjusted if required. However, to achieve the light weight the ribs are green oak, chosen for its ability to be bent and one in shape to cure to a strong rigid shape.  The longitudinal stringers are ash, chosen again for strength.   Gunnels, decks, thwarts and other elements are of hardwood with a variety of options available.

Fixings: The fixing include stainless steel screws, bronze ring nails and copper canoe tacks, all chosen for strength and longevity in wet environments.  

Skin:  The skin is a high performance ballistic nylon.  Its man-made nature ensures it is able to cope with the trials of frequent exposure to water and temperature changes and its strength ensures it is able to stand up to impact, wear and sharp edges. 

Waterproofing: The skin is sealed with the application of modern flexible epoxy resins.  These have excellent adherence to the nylon skin, assisting in its protection, and most significantly, it remains flexible and therefore maintains its integrity.

Colour: The nylon used for the boat is a white material.  This can be coloured with the addition of natural earth pigments to the resin mix making it possible to have the boat in a wide range of colours.

Reviews

  1. I only had the pleasure of a short paddle in the Valkyrie Mist but was truly impressed.  The boat is incredibly light to carry, its balance on the shoulders is excellent making the portage from the trailer to the waters edge almost a pleasure.  On the water it is instantly and significantly responsive.  Fine paddle strokes move you exactly as they should.  I’ll be pestering John for another chance to try the boat out.