Valkyrie Craft Canoes and Classic Boats, Castlerock

Valkyrie Craft Canoes and Classic Boats Contact Details

facebook
Tel:
07722 018 457
Email:
Address
28 Ballyhacket Road
Castlerock
County Londonderry
BT51 4SQ

About Valkyrie Craft Canoes and Classic Boats

Welcome To The Home Of Beautiful Canoes
Valkyrie Craft is a small, family-run business specialising in hand-built wooden canoes, cedar and canvas canoes, skin-on-frame kayaks and made-to-order paddles. We combine craft, time-honoured processes and materials with a touch of modern technology to create beautiful, responsive boats.

We build boats and paddles to order and supply to the UK, the Republic of Ireland and beyond. We have even boats afloat as far afield as Norway and Cyprus.

John, our canoe builder, holds membership of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and the Wooden Canoe Builders Guild (WCBG), and abides by its standards of construction.

Our key products include:
  • Open/Canadian Canoes in Cedar and Canvas and Skin on Frame
  • Skin on Frame Sea Kayaks
  • Canadian Canoe paddles and Greenland Sea Kayak Paddles

Boat Overview

Cedar and Canvas Open Canoe – The Shearwater (from £3,200)
The classic Canadian canoe built entirely from timber and sheathed in canvas. Based on the traditional native American birch bark canoes, and modified by European settlers to make a boat that is beautiful, robust and a pleasure to paddle. Available in 16ft and 14ft versions.

Greenland Skin-on-Frame Sea Kayak – Selkie (from £2,000)
A classic sea kayak built using traditional methods, sheathed in ballistic nylon. This boat is built on a one-off basis to customer-specific measurements. Variations can be made for high-speed performance boat, rolling specific craft, ultralight expedition boat and broader-beamed day tripper.

Skin-on-Frame Open Canoe – Merlin (from £2,100)
Available in both 14ft and 16 ft. This is a skin-on-frame open canoe built on the same form as the shearwater. The framework consists of cedar ribs with a half-planked cedar hull. The frame is skinned with high-grade nylon, which is then waterproofed with flexible polyurethane. This is a lightweight with the 16ft version weighing in around 22kg.

Skin-on-Frame Open Canoe – Mist (from £2,000)
Available in both 14ft and 16 ft. This is a skin-on-frame open canoe built on the same form as the shearwater. The framework consists of green oak ribs and ash longitudinal stringers. The frame is skinned with high-grade ballistic nylon, which is then waterproofed with flexible polyurethane. This is a lightweight with the 16ft version weighing in around 20kg.

Skin-on-Frame Open Canoe – Mist Custom Build (from £2,400)
Available in any length between 17ft and 20ft. This is a skin-on-frame open canoe built on an adjustable form. The framework consists of green oak ribs and ash longitudinal stringers. The frame is skinned with high-grade ballistic nylon, which is then waterproofed with flexible polyurethane. This is a lightweight boat. It is possible to use other timbers in the construction, if desired.

Paddles
The Valkyrie paddle range provides beautiful wooden paddles that are well balanced, strong and durable.

With years of experience using both hand-made and commercial wooden paddles, we have identified the important features that provide a fine paddle and the key problems that result in disappointment. We aim to eliminate snapped shafts, split blade laminates, grain cracks creeping up from the toe of the blade, slippery grips, worn out varnish and excessive weight.

Each of these issues has been addressed, and we are confident that our paddles are durable enough for everyday paddling: light enough for you to forget you’re using them, and beautiful enough to buy as a wall piece.

Our paddles are made to order and to measure. We keep a small stock of paddles for display and a number of demo paddles for customers to try. Custom-made paddles are normally completed within a fortnight.

Accessories
Valkyrie Craft produce a number of accessories for open canoes and kayaks. In most cases, these are made to order, but we do hold a small stock of some items.

Lead times for made-to-order items is usually in the region of 14 days, allowing time for crafting the item and then finishing it in oil/varnish etc.

Location Map of Valkyrie Craft Canoes and Classic Boats