Valley Rapier 20
These boats are built to order based on your specification. If we have stock these will be shown on our ‘Kayak Showroom’ page.
Designed with one thing in mind, to be the fastest kayak possible in open water conditions. Features a racing-ski inspired hull but with the added benefit of being able to roll, the rapier is the perfect fitness/ocean race kayak.
Hull speed is controlled by the laws of physics, make a kayak long and thin and you are well on your way to being fast. The rapier scores on both these points.
What makes the Rapier different is the level of control and stability it has, for the speed it is able to offer. As someone once said, power is nothing, without control! In kayak terms, this means having enough stability to concentrate your efforts into moving the kayak forward, rather than keeping it upright and not having to fight the kayak to keep it on your chosen course because of these qualities more of the paddlers effort goes on moving it forward and it’s this that makes it so fast!
The Rapier 20 is fast but its design isn’t all about ultimate flat-water speed. The fact it has reasonable (for its width) initial stability and a hull designed to work with an ocean swell, means that you can use its speed whist others might have to fight to keep upright or on course. These characteristics are what gives the rapier unrivaled A to B performance and what helped it complete its record breaking English Channel crossing.