Posted by: sitka on Sep-15-12 11:16 AM (EST)
i wouldn't have thought the discontinuation of a few models by Valley would've generated this much discussion. Other manufacturers discontinue models all the time with barely a peep.
I love the Valley line and am innately skeptical of the boats that are coming out of Asia as I have seen some interesting quirks, although they could also be driven by the manufacturers. My favorite was when a wave slammed into the coaming of a Tidrace (I don't recall which model) and later I noticed, much to my friends dismay, that the coaming was covered with cracks radiating out from the inside of the coaming to the outside of the lip.
I've never had any problems with Valley boats. I find their build to be top notch and that it really sucks up the abuse - I have the extra heavy layup on my Anas Acuta and I've crashed it HARD! I'm more intrigued by the trend to lighter and lighter boats. Perhaps the Brit makers consider that their home audience waters are brutal with many pointy rocks and are home to one of the largest whirlpools in the world, the Coryvreckan. I've found with many of the lighter boats - Tiderace, Sterling and such - that it's much easier for me to damage them through normal use...my normal use anyway.