Gumotex Seaker 1 & 2
This was Gumo’s take on Grabner’s Holiday boats and since developed by Incept (I’m pretty sure it’s in that order). In other words a twin sidebeam kayak but with inflatable decking so making it an inflatable SinK (sit-in kayak). You didn’t get many of those to the pound back then, though Gumotex do the Swings and Framuras and Grabner do the Explorer and Mega. The numbers for the single are 4.8m x 75cm and with 200 kilo payload.
In case you’re wondering, twin side beam – two smaller side tubes instead of one fat one – is a good idea. It makes the sides taller so less swamping, the interior space is greater and two side beams make the boat flex less bow to stern – a problem with all IKs once they get beyond a certain length. The drawback might be that the boats are taller in the water.
Once I thought a Seaker could fill the gaps where the Sunny did not shine, but at 34kg it’s more than double the eight of a Sunny, Incept K40, Grabner H2 and Amigo and my Seawave.
Like a proper sea kayak it has hatches and a rudder and can no doubt be rolled, but to me half the appeal of IKs, even for the sea, is the SoT aspect. If you want to sit in and want to be portable, get a nice low-profile Feathercraft for nearly the same price, less weight and which looks less like a floating, wind-prone torpedo.
They also do a 2-seater Seaker called a Seaker II but I get the feeling these are exotic, rarely bought boats and have been heavily discounted in North America and are no longer listed by Gumotex.cz. It’s the end of the line for the heavy Seakers which is a shame because the only thing wrong with them was the weight. Still, I have never actually seen one so what the heck do I know about Seakers? A blogger in BC got one cheap a few years ago but didn’t keep it.
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