“The Needle” Sea Kayak

Specifications:
Length 16″ – 18′
Max width 21′ – 24″
Weight 30-40lbs
Full customization, these boats are shaped with the paddler at the design stage.

Design notes:
A somewhat radical departure from traditional sea kayak shapes, these boats are designed for speed, seaworthiness and ease of rolling. Starting with a bow shape more reminiscent of race boats and coupled with a raised foredeck that slices waves rather than bob over them. The widest part of the boat is behind the paddler allowing for efficient paddle stroke, great acceleration. The Needle has real surf ability without sacrificing to much stability or gear capacity. Simply put, this is the boat you want when paddling Lake Superiors rugged shoreline but also reach for it when you just want to rip across the local reservoir.

Construction Notes:
Built with Douglas fir and Ash for durability these boats have no metal components. And although slightly heavier than traditional skin on frame kayaks they are build with the expectation that the owner can beach them with confidence on a rocky shore.

“The Needle” model starts at $3,000 CND

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“The Bay’s End” Sea Kayak

Specifications:
Length 15′ – 18′
Max width 22″ – 24″
Depth 12” – 14”
Weight 35-40lbs
Full customization, these boats are shaped with the paddler at the design stage.

Design notes:

This is a high volume euro shaped sea kayak with plenty of rocker for playing in surf when empty and enough payload and length to make it a good tripper. It comes equipped with a large oval rear hatch and 31 inch cockpit making it ideal for larger paddlers. The design is scalable down between 15′ and 18′ to custom fit paddlers of all sizes.

The shape is named Bay End after the place my dad taught to surf a kayak as a child. In late August the beaches at the end of Thunder Bay are blessed with glass flat mornings and a predictable late afternoon surf. This shape is ideal for both situations and everything in between.

Construction Notes:
Built with Douglas fir and Ash for durability these boats have no metal components. And although slightly heavier than traditional skin on frame kayaks they are build with the expectation that the owner can beach them with confidence on a rocky shore.

“The Bay’s End” model starts at $3,000 CND