I am looking for an Eddyline Raven to test paddle. Based on specs and reviews this may well be my dream boat, but no way am I in a position to spend over $2K on a boat I've never even seen in person. Since it is a new model nobody seems to have one in stock...
Does anyone even semi-near Williamsburg VA have one I could test? There's post-paddle beer (or coffee) in it for you :-)
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Eddyline Raven demo|
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-01-13 12:16 PM (EST)
have you tried contacting Eddyline and asking who their Eastern Region rep is? They might even have a name on their website.
Appomattox River Company|
Posted by: george4908 on Jun-01-13 12:49 PM (EST)
Next Saturday, June 8, Appomattox River Company is having a demo day in Farmville, VA, about 2 hours from Williamsburg. They're an Eddyline dealer. I don't see a Raven in their current inventory, but call them -- they may have one on the way, and if not, they could probably arrange it.
Posted by: ChiefPaddler on Jun-01-13 4:55 PM (EST)
Thanks - I just emailed them to see if/when they'll have one!
Raven @ Demo Day|
Posted by: ChiefPaddler on Jun-01-13 5:04 PM (EST)
...and they already replied that yes, a Raven will be there! Just figured out what I'm doing next Saturday!
By all means|
Posted by: magooch on Jun-02-13 9:57 AM (EST)
I have paddled more kayaks than I can remember and the newly renewed Eddyline Raven is a very impressive boat. I sort of compared it to the Rockpool Alaw Bach that Eddyline produced for Rockpool. If I am correct, the Raven is a bit shorter, but for me it felt faster, it didn't hit the wall like the Alaw Bach. Also, if I am correct, the Raven, like the Alaw Bach is also built a bit thicker than most of the other Eddyline boats.
The Demo Day|
Posted by: george4908 on Jun-08-13 11:58 PM (EST)
So, Chief, how did you like the Raven? I paddled several Eddylines, and here's my take in the order I paddled them, allowing for fact that this was flat water, not exactly the ideal conditions to test the Raven.
Posted by: medawgone on Jun-09-13 2:16 PM (EST)
And that is very interesting|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Jun-09-13 3:03 PM (EST)
I would like to try out the Raven but at 5'6" @ 145lb, I'd bet that I'm too small. A LV Raven would be very interesting. I'm on my second thermoformed kayak (Fathom LV to RockPool Alaw Bach) and the stuff can sure take a beating.
Raven Vs Fathom LV|
Posted by: medawgone on Jun-09-13 10:16 PM (EST)
The cockpit of the current Raven is a tad bit smaller than the Fathom LV, I demoed in the past. I much preferred the Raven's playfulness over the Fathom LV.
Perhaps I would fit...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Jun-09-13 10:39 PM (EST)
..the current Raven. The foredeck on my previous Fathom LV was too high and I tended to whack my knuckles on it. No such issues with my Eddyline RockPool. Also the RP is great in the rough stuff... much easier to handle than my Fathom. Added bonus is the nice low rear deck. Hope to get a chance to see how the Raven measures up:)
Posted by: ChiefPaddler on Jun-11-13 9:14 PM (EST)
I paddled the Raven. It is quite responsive and a very nice boat. If all I ever did was play in rock gardens or significant chop I might consider it. I could coast and steer back & forth with edging alone.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-12-13 12:52 AM (EST)
I own a Fathom and just ordered my Raven. I was able to test paddle on this past weekend in Aurora Ill, at a paddle fest. Loved it. I will keep my Fathom but look forward to growing as a paddler wtih a more playful kayak. The Fathom will still my tripping kayak as it will carry more gear for sure. I am 5ft9 and about 200 lbs.