Category Archives: Tech

Do you need a deck?

Most inflatable kayaks are like canoes and have no  deck. A few like the Gumotex Framura and Swing, or the Grabner Explorer and some Advanced Elements have fixed decks. Others have zip-back or removable decks. A few are listed in the table, above. Left … Continue reading

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Seawave Rudder MkII tested

Gumotex Seawave main page Rudder rationale discussed Gumotex’s 2016 factory version Making the prototype rudder Testing the prototype While waiting for rudder bits to turn up, we went out for an evening paddle round Eilean Mullagrach. It was pretty calm … Continue reading

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Seawave – Oh Rudder, How Art Thou?

Seawave main page Skip forward to MkII rudder Within hours of finishing my prototype rudder I set about finishing it properly, and after a test run to Tanera, made further improvements, listed below, before trying it again. The whole set-up wants to be … Continue reading

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2016 Seawave with rudder option

Seawave main page My MYO rudder (MkII) The 2016 Gumotex Seawave has had the stern slightly adapted to take an optional rudder kit. They’ve also improved the velcro bands for the optional deck by using Nitrilon, but it’s the rudder that’s … Continue reading

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Adding socks to Kokatat Dry Pants

Five years ago I wrote: … I deliberately chose [these Kokatat Swift] dry trousers with no sewn-in socks as my drysuit has those. With the Swifts in future I’ll just wear short Seal Skins and have no worries about the sewn-in socks … Continue reading

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Seawave vs Gumotex 410C + skeg-rudder mod

Seawave main page I had a visit from former Olympic slalom trainer and canoeist Jim the other day. He bought a Solar 410C after browsing IK&P and declares it one of his favourite boats. I ran the previous version Sunny for years before … Continue reading

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Packraft Group Test ~ Introduction

Supai Matkat • MRS Microraft  • Aire BAKraft • Nortik Trekraft • Alpacka Yak • Summary The range of packrafts has slowly expanded since I bought my first Alpacka in 2010 and Alpacka rafts themselves have changed a lot in that time. But here in the UK people are … Continue reading

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Sea Eagle 10psi drop stitch 473L Razorlite kayak

See also the similar KXone Slider DS   (old model right). As predicted at the end of my IK Construction article a couple of years ago, before long someone was going to make a decent fully drop stitched IK. It seems Sea Eagle in the US and … Continue reading

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Modifications to my Gumotex Seawave

Seawave main page Grappling to get the boat out of the muddy Medway river at Yalding the other day put a light scrape on the hull. It reminded me that, along with the PRVs, another winter job was to fit a protective strake under … Continue reading

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