Etain 17-3

17' 3"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Etain 17-3 Options

  • 49 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • 42 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite

    Etain 17-3 Description

    An entirely new concept in British sea kayak design.
    Speed, agility and responsive hull plus a unique removable front-deck pod gives the Etain high performance in every category. Available in standard and LV sizes and three lay-ups of Diolen or Carbon-Kevlar and Valley's exceptional triple-layer Polyethylene with its welded bulkheads that makes it safe and fun for journeys on the high seas, play or day touring

    Etain 17-3 Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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    I am reviewing the17.3 Étaín…

    Submitted by: rsevenic on 4/12/2021

    I am reviewing the 17.3 Étaín fiberglass sea kayak made by Valley Canoe Products in Britain. The 17.3 Étaín is no longer made and has been superseded by 3 sizes, the 17.1, 17.5, and 17.7 Étaíns. All three are made in fiberglass while the 17.5 and 17.7 are also available as rotomolded. The specifications for the 17.3 are:

    • Length: 17’ 2.7” (525 cm)

    • Beam: 21.06” (53.5 cm)

    • Depth: 13.4” (34 cm)

    • Weight: 50.6 pounds

    • Paddler weight 90 to 181 pounds (41 to 82 kg)

    • Bow, stern, and day hatches

    • Removable module on deck, fore cockpit

    • Orange deck, white hull, b;lack seam

    • Retractable skeg

    • Slightly Swede form

    • Outside seams are diolen tape reinforced fiberglass

    • Welded bulkheads are curved to allow flexion

    The 17.1 Étaín is more of an LV kayak than the 17.3, but for me the 17.3 is as close as I can come to an LV. In particular, the 17.3 fore deck is relatively high and allows me sufficient foot room. The 17.1 fore deck is probably too low for me.

    I purchased the kayak used in very good shape, but

    • added a black keel strip (EazyKeel)

    • fixed a minor skeg problem

    • tweaked the rigging to my druthers

    I must also divulge my own specifications. I consider myself to be an intermediate paddler, well past my golden years, and stubbornly committed to not advancing my kayaking skills further. I am a hefty 140 pounds and a lanky 5’ 5” in height. Over the years I have owned many sea kayaks including a variety of Brit boats; so I have at least some perspective.

    The kayak fits me well. The cockpit is easy for entry and exit. For example, on entry, I can plop my butt on the seat and then pull my legs in. The fore deck is higher than for a true LV kayak, leaving room for my feet. I am not a fan of deck pods just fore the cockpit because they encroach on foot space. However, this Étaín has a (removable) deck pod which is shallow and does not have that effect. In particular, I wear size 11 water shoes over my bulky dry suit socks, but can easily take my feet off the foot braces and stretch out my legs. This is not true in my bigger Classic P&H Cetus, whose deck pod is in my way if I want to stretch out my legs.

    The seat is configured so it can be moved, either slightly forward or slightly astern from its middle position as delivered. This is not all that easy and the seat is best moved by tiny elves who are also very strong. Nevertheless, I moved it astern and ensured that the backband was also further back. Next I supported the backband with minicell foam to keep it firm and vertical – requirements dictated by an old lower back injury. Moving the seating astern reduces weathercocking and allows me to get the spray skirt on with reasonable ease.

    Sometimes it’s the little details that make me like a kayak. Reasons I like the 17.3 Étaín:

    • it weathercocks only slightly

    • it tracks well, and turns when properly encouraged

    • I can put the spray skirt on, without severe contortions

    • I can easily stretch out my legs on a longer trip

    • the skeg works smoothly and is effective

    • I can get it on my car

    I haven’t had the kayak for long, but am pleased and expect it to be my favorite. The weather here is still cold with water temperature around 5° Celsius. So I haven’t tried rolling, but am confident it will be as easy to roll as my Cetus. If not, my Cetus will again become my favorite.