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Friday, 04 January 2019 14:29

5 Of The Strangest Kayaks Available

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Check out these five kayaks that shunned traditional designs for something a little more strange.
Kayaks have come a long way since the days that they were used by the Inuit, Aleut and Yup'ik to hunt for food. Over the more than 4,000 years that kayaks are believed to be in existence, the design has remained pretty consistent. Of course, instead of animals skins and wood or whalebone, modern kayaks make use of a number of durable materials to make these watercraft lighter and tougher. In addition to the traditional sit-in kayaks, modern anglers now also have access to sit-on-top and hybrid kayaks. The biggest difference between modern fishing kayaks and the original kayaks that were designed for hunting, is the increased stability through wider beams and even twin hulls that enable anglers to stand while fishing or paddling. However, this doesn't mean that there hasn't been attempts at radically new designs when it comes to kayaks. Just check out these five kayaks that shunned traditional designs for something a little more strange.
 

Wavewalk S4

The Wavewalk S4 was designed with the primary focus squarely on stability. It is hard to argue with the results too, as Wavewalk claims that it is so stable that up to three anglers can cast from it while standing. Instead of relying on gimmicks like outriggers and leaning bars, this kayak derives its extreme stability from the twin-hull design and long saddle seat. It is able to provide anglers with both initial stability as well as secondary stability and balancing capability. All of this is great, but the strange shape of the Wavewalk S4 might earn you some curious glances from fellow anglers, especially if you decide to take it out with two friends onboard. For more information on just how stable the S4 is and how it accomplishes this, check out the Wavewalk blog (http://wavewalk.com/blog/fishing-kayak-stability/).
 

Uncharted Watercraft Scorpion FX 2

Another kayak that might cause a few raised eyebrows from other anglers is the Scorpion FX 2 from Uncharted Watercraft. Whereas the Wavewalk S4 owes its design to stability, the primary purpose of the Scorpion FX 2 design was to be as compact as possible. This is something that inflatable kayaks have already accomplished quite well, but it is not often seen with rigid body kayaks. Uncharted Watercraft designed the Scorpion FX 2 with a frame that is made from powder-coated, aluminum tubing while the actual body is molded from high molecular weight polyethylene using twin sheet thermoforming. The result is a 93" long by 36" wide kayak that can hold 250 lbs, but can fold down to 43" x 29" x 12" when it is time for transportation or storage. Some assembly is obviously required and to others it may look like half of your kayak is missing when you take it out on the water, but for people with small cars or no storage this kayak is a blessing.
 

Kahuna Adventure Tent

The Kahuna Adventure Tent, was a James Dyson Award entry from a few years back. It is the brainchild of Mario Weiss, who designed it to address the issue of overnight camping when kayaking. Kayak anglers who have gone on overnight fishing trips will know what a hassle it can be to lug around all your equipment as well as camping gear. The Kahuna Adventure Tent is an open top outrigger kayak with a Mirage Drive that quickly converts into a tent. The seat of the kayak can be detached and the tent base mounts between the kayak and the outrigger to keep you high and dry. It is quite an ingenious concept as the outrigger hosts all of the camping gear, but in the interest of safety you should probably still only set up camp on dry land and not while floating around.
 

Pakayak

Giving the Scorpion FX 2 a run for its money when it comes to portability is the Pakayak. The Pakayak is designed to be compact when transported or stored away, but simple enough to assemble that anyone can accomplish it in less than three minutes. It also doesn't have any loose parts, so there's no need to worry that something will be missing when you are done assembling the kayak. Despite the fact that the Pakayak looks like a Russian nesting doll while you are busy assembling it, it is completely waterproof and won't fall apart when you are paddling. Pakayak promised a 14-foot kayak that packs down to 3 1/2 feet when they launched their Kickstarter a few years ago and close to 500 backers helped them to raise more than $500,00 to bring this project to life.
 

Fissot Fishing Kayak

If you want a kayak that looks more like something out of a Star Wars movie than a fishing vessel, then look no further than the Fissot Fishing Kayak. Actually, the Fissot looks like a relatively normal kayak with rod holders, stand up support and storage space, but what gives it its strange shape is the retractable stabilizers that folds out from the main body. According to the company that creates these kayaks, these adjustable wings are designed to increase the stability of the kayak and allow you to angle more efficiently while standing. In addition, the Fissot Kayak has a motor that allows you to cruise around in forward or reverse, which further distances it from traditional kayaks. 
 

Conclusion

There are, of course, plenty of other strange kayaks on the market, such as The Caribe, which is a half sit-on top kayak, half canoe with a crystal clear hull, so let us know what is the weirdest vessel you have seen while fishing. Whether it is a heavily modified kayak, something someone has put together themselves or just a new type of design, be sure to tell us about it in the comments below or on the forum. 
Last modified on Friday, 04 January 2019 14:41
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