We offer 13+ kayak seats in singles and tandems used for training, tours and renting:
- Valley Nordkapp PE
- Fragrance Greenland style woodstrip/epoxy kayak
Blade is a kayak that has a lot of stability and good tracking. Almost no weather cocking up to a point of 16m/s windspeed. Currently it is free of a skeg, but since it reacts to winds in excess of 16 m/s Jöns has decided to remove som of the keel in the back and add a skeg instead. Currently it turns nicely up to 90 degrees on a bow draw, and stops there. Even beginning paddlers will feel confident with the balance, and edging is easy. Edged turns work well too. The cockpit is large and you can either keep your knees free in the middle or lock them under the cockpit sides for more boat control.\r\n
The forms of the hull is truly nicely curved. The flush hatchcovers and the curves is much appreciated if you like taking a swim and climb back into the cockpit on water. There is nothing that causes blisters on your tighs - so common on rescue training with most other kayak models.\r\n
During summer 2010 Jöns used Blade as his primary boat. The above pictures are taken some of the first paddling days for blade in the spring 2010.\r\n
One of the late summer day expeditions went to Jussarö lighthouse on Sundharun skerrie. There was approximately a 5 km open water crossing with winds of 14 m/s and waves of up to 2 meters.
To rent you have to prove you are skilled enough to meet your plans and the expected environment. July - August with warm air and water is easy. More demanding plans, groups, on open sea we will require solid skills, or training with passing an examination. BCU, EPP and NIL awards will help along the way. We do not want to loose someone nor have equipment unavailable just because you did not know or prepare for sudden challenges.
Fragrance low volume design makes rolling easier to learn, and with some comfort for your legs. Especially the back deck is so low that it is constantly flushed by water. The watertight hatch cover gets a new meaning. Even a small leak could quickly fill up the boat hatch. Edge and half the hatch will be submerged. We did manage to construct a hatch cover that is even tighter and easier to handle than most commercially sold factory hatches, while still using wood. Our goal is to have a hatch - even on this low volume kayak - that could allow keeping spareclothes dry even spred loosley in the hatch. The covers are still easy to open and close.\r\n
Blade was designed to experiment and to modify some properties noticed in a Nordkapp PE during a paddle in strong winds and light load. It has less of turning up into wind, more tracking in general, quicker and easier start and staying in surf and more of cutting through the wave tops. We need more testing with different loads and varying weather conditions to write more about its final properties.
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We prefer to distinguish paddles into categories of Greenland style (GP), Euro blade (EP) and Canoe one bladed paddles (CP). You can find a lot of variations and development on them. The Wing paddle should probably have its own class. In our equipment the main focus is on EP and GP paddles. Basic GP paddles are fairly easy to shape out of wood and reshaped to fit the personal needs and preferences of the paddler. For more heavy use I would recommend to try many different paddles and experiment with paddling techniques and styles.
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