Valley Gemini SP / ST
Demo boat available. These boats are built to order based on your specification. If we have stock these will be shown on our ‘Kayak Showroom’ page.
Valley’s shortest sea-kayak model (452cm) and offered in two version; The SP (sports play) which combines increased rocker and more bow volume to make this our best rock-hopping/surf/rough water kayak. And the ST (sports touring), With the design tuned the opposite way, to improve speed on less challenging water (as fast as many 16kayaks), it also uses the advantage of its reduced weight to make it easier to manage both on and off the water.
Both the SP & ST, effectively share the same mid-section and thus benefit form a consistent cockpit fit and the initial stability, created by the shallow V hull. From this point, its easier to imagine how a Jack-of-All-Trades, mid-way design would have been and talk about how each improves on that compromise.
Thus, if we had simply done that Jack of All Trade 14 footer, you would be able to clearly notice that the bow of the SP is wider and has significantly more volume, to prevent pearling whilst surfing, yet the STs front is narrower, with a finer bow entry, to increase speed in more placid conditions. Rocker also benefits from these subtle difference, the SP has more, to increase maneuverability and the ST, less to promote tracking and maximize waterline length. Even the flair from the hulls chine area to the seam-line differs, The SP having slightly more, increasing secondary stability and overall width, The STs sides are more vertical, giving a slightly narrower water-line, again helping to increase hull speed.
Couple this unique design approach with cutting-edge infused composite constructions and you suddenly have the most exciting development to hit sea-kayaking in recent years.
In short, if you do most of your paddling, in relatively placid conditions and want the benefit of a light, easy to transport kayak, that has the same on-water speed as many 16+ foot kayaks, choose the ST. Alternatively, if you want your shorter kayak, to be fun in the rough, or maneuverable around rocky coves and headlands, choose the SP. Basically, do you primarily tour or primarily play!
Of course you can still play in the touring version and tour in the play because they share the same core DNA. So yes, there is still some overlap, but the further you get to the ends of that intended user-spectrum, the more you’ll benefit from choosing the specialist and the more you’ll enjoy your paddling, knowing you are in the right kayak.