Posted by: NewbTastic on Aug-30-12 11:48 AM (EST)
"Really surprised about the Aquanaut line. This is a very user friendly and all-around performing sea kayak, similar in feel to the Explorer. While I love my Nordkapp I was (and still am) hoping to add one to my stable. I haven't heard much or ever seen an Etain but perhaps Valley thinks this will replace the Aquanaut.
Also surprised to hear about the Pintail.
Too bad Valley never responds to emails or updates their website."
My take on it is similar... the Etain filled much the same slot in Valley's lineup that the Aquanaut did, and was more popular/a newer design, so that may be why the Aquanaut is out ('cept for the Aquanaut Club).
So, Valley may simply be consolidating their lineup to be more efficient. However, there are other things about Valley that, in combination with this, makes one wonder a bit.
As you say, Valley does seem to do a very poor job of responding to emails and updating their site. I've emailed them on a few occasions, and I never hear back from them. And their site was last updated almost two years ago.
Another odd thing is their Gemini launch, or lack of one. You heard a bit about these two boats in early Spring, and then... nothing. A Valley dealer had told my friend they were expecting boats in stock by June, that hasn't happened. Obviously the Gemini(s) have been delayed, but no info on why or for how long has been forthcoming from Valley.
Despite this, it may be that there's nothing really wrong over there at all, but the cutbacks to the line *in combination with* delayed launches and a general lack of responsiveness/information is troubling. =\
If there is trouble over there, I hope they right the ship.