Feathercraft Big Kahuna

It has been many years since I last went kayaking.  Apart from a fair bit of kayaking on rivers and lakes when I was a teenager, I last used a sit-on kayak on Borth beach when I was in my twenties.  I did buy a fibre glass kayak 10 years ago, but never got around to using it.

Given that I no longer own a car, my choice of kayaks was somewhat limited and I set about researching what foldable kayaks were available.  I had no idea there were so many and of such good quality.  I had fairly strict criteria; The boat had to be sea going, light and pack into a single bag.

My final choice was the Feathercraft Big Kahuna.  If I had had the money, I probably would have bought the K1 or the Khatsalano but, for a return to kayaking, I think the Kahuna is the perfect choice.

Without ever seeing the boat, I decided to order one through Knoydart.  I was apprehensive about whether it would fit on my bike, but I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  To complement the boat – and after reading many good reviews – I decided to get the Lendal Kinetic Touring 700 paddle, which breaks down into four pieces.  Knoydart were very helpful in suggesting the correct size for my build and choice of boat.

Below are four photos of the maiden voyage, starting with the kayak strapped to the back of the bike, arrival at the local lake, pre-assembly and final assembly with paddle.

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It took me just under an hour to assemble and I had to stop several times to refer to the manual.  I hope that I can get this down to 30 minutes with practice.  I found the boat to be very stable on the water, though not as easy to turn as the fibre glass boats I used previously.  I will have a better understanding of the craft on Monday when I shall be putting it through its paces by practicing various rolls and escaping the capsized boat whilst wearing the splash deck.