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Valley Aquanaut LV - its all…
Valley Aquanaut LV - its all about feel!
The Aquanaut LV is a sleek & responsive sea kayak with excellent rough water manners.
It handles pretty well in surf, rolls beautifully & has remarkable secondary stability. It's much more forgiving than the Valley Nordkapp and is in my opinion, ideal for beginners to learn how to handle a proper sea kayak & not feel limited or restricted by the boat. It's a lovely kayak to cruise along in, on a day trip but quite capable in conditions where more advanced paddling skills are required.
The rear of the cockpit & deck are low enough to allow a full lay-back which is something I really value in a sea kayak.
Although it's an LV (low volume) it accommodates my 6' 1" frame quite comfortably.
I really like this kayak, particularly the hull profile which has no chines and is so comfortable in rougher water. For me, this is a kayak that helps you "feel" the ocean and respond with your body and paddle in a way that other, equally competent kayaks do not.
Its probably the same reason that Nordkapps attract something of a cult following...the "feel" thing and the Aquanaut LV definitely shares some DNA with the 'kapp.
A lot of people do find the Nordkapp a little tippy, in static scenarios and I guess that's where the Aquanaut LV might be ideal. For those who would love to paddle a Nordkapp but want stability when accessing their day hatch, or taking a photo.
Its definitely not the easiest kayak to handle in surf (ie keep from broaching on breaking waves) but it does surf well & can be managed once you know how & it shines in just about every other area.
I honestly regret having sold it. An awesome kayak.
BTW...if you come across a plastic version of the LV & don't mind the weight (its not light), but find that the thigh braces have perished, buy it anyway and use the existing holes & bolts the fit a couple of bits of wide diameter, reinforced flexible hose. If you get the right size it works fine for knee braces and no need to drill new holes. Valley don't make Aquanauts anymore.