Whether you’re buying your first brand new Vajda boat or you have a new one every year, here’s a handy guide on what happens when you order a boat from Hydra Sports
Step 1: Finding the perfect boat.
There are a few choices to make on the model of boat you decide on.
What features of the design are important to you? Straight-line speed, stability, ability to dip the tail etc.
What weight are you? Boat sizes are based on your weight in Kg.
What spec boat do you need? Depending on what level you are at, there are different constructions of Vajda boats which vary in strength and price. Speak to us about what spec is best for you.
Then demo as many different boats as you can. Contact us to arrange to borrow our demo boats for some testing.
Step 2: Ordering.
When you’ve decided on your Vajda boat, the hard work begins….the design! Choose your colours and use our order form to draw your design.
Decide if you want any extras with your new boat – boat bags and socks give protection to the boat while travelling. At this point, you can also choose to have Vajda fit the seat and footrests so the coat comes readly to paddle.
We will need a 50% deposit on placing the order.
Step 3: Manufacture.
Skilled technicians at Vajda make each boat by hand. They add the design into the mould and never spray designs onto boats as some other manufacturers do. This means the design won’t rub off.
Step 4: Shipping.
Approximately 8 weeks after placing your order, the boats are shipped from Vajda in Slovakia to Hydra Sports in the UK. They usually take 7 days to arrive.
Step 5: Finishing touches.
Once your boat has arrived and been unpacked, we will contact you about collection. For those people who have chosen to have their fittings fitted by us rather than Vajda, we will need to arrange for you to come to the workshop to position the fittings.
We provide a graphics service where we can logo up your boat with durable vinyl graphics*. This is ideal for club and sponsors logos or personal touches e.g. names.
Step 6: Delivery/Collection
You can arrange to come to Stafford to collect your new boat from us, during the slalom season we may be able to arrange to deliver your boat to a race. We can deliver the boat to you for an extra charge. Payment of the final 50% is due on collection of the boat.
Step 7: Enjoy your paddling.
Get your boat on the water and enjoy it!
Don’t worry if you scratch or damage your boat, we offer advice on how to touch up any repairs and can supply coloured gel to match repairs if needed.
Step 8: Selling an old boat?
Buying a new canoe or kayak is a big investment. Vajda boats hold their value far better than any competitors.
We get lots of enquiries about ex demo or second hand boats so if you have a Vajda boat to sell then let our team know or post details of it on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/hydrasportsuk
*a design charge will apply for vinyl graphics