Show and Tell time!!!

2017 is going to be a huge year for Pakayak and we owe much of that to you, our supporters and followers!

Without further ado we have all this GOOD NEWS to share with you.


1) Molds and Parts

Our manufacturer has made the first run with our molds. After the first test run, they opted to make a few tweaks to the molds which are aimed at producing a better part more efficiently. Second run was done and we’re still working on it. They tried a new plastic and things look great. Woot!

Surf out of the mold
Surf out of the mold
Surf in cooling fixtures
Surf in cooling fixtures

2) Seat

We received the seat prototype and, with just a few changes, we have approved it and started the tooling. Bonus Points – It fits into the nested carry bag better than our previous model. We received a seat sample (without the texture) and they are GREAT.

Seat prototype, without texture, in Pakayak
Seat prototype, without texture, in Pakayak
Seat prototype in nested Pakayak
Seat prototype in nested Pakayak

3) Foot braces

Tooling for our custom foot braces has been completed and we have received our sample parts. All set. We’ve put in our order for production. Next!

Pakayak custom foot brace

4) Clamps

Clamp design is final, tooling is almost complete and we should have our first order a tad later than we had hoped. But everything else is on schedule and production should start by April.

Pakayak clamp prototype

5) Bag

Received the 1st prototype on our new design and we are pleased with the results. Being perfectionists at heart means we need to make some modifications. But, here it is! Not the best photos but at least you can see the overall form. The Pakayak is now completely enclosed which will help to protect it.

Pakayak prototype wheeled bag
bottom of Pakayak bag

6) Stickers

We received our new Caution Stickers! Come on, don’t yawn! These are a necessary part of the puzzle and must accompany every kayak on the market. We are so happy to be getting through all of the tiny, time consuming yet important details that must happen in order to bring the Pakayak to market!

Assembly Sticker – While the Pakayak easily assembles in under 5 minutes (we’ve clocked it at 3 minutes), to get you through your first time, NEVER fear!  We’ve added an assembly sticker so you’ll be in the water before your sunscreen dries.

Caution Sticker for inside Pakayak
Caution Sticker for inside Pakayak
Assembly Instruction label on Pakayak
Assembly Instruction label on Pakayak

7) Cockpit Cowling Gasket

These little beauties are made from silicone and will insure a watertight seal at the cockpit rim.

Cockpit cowling gasket
Cockpit cowling gasket
cockpit cowling gasket for Pakayak
cockpit cowling gasket for Pakayak

We hope you are as excited about all the progress as we are!!

Until the next UPDATE…

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  1. I am impatiens to see him(it) stopped and delivering in France.

    hervé

  2. Will you be creating a longer cockpit area for those people with longer legs? It would seem that only one piece would need to be molded a few inches longer to accommodate a lot more people. Thanks!

  3. Zinelle Mackro March 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm · ·

    Hello Ed,

    Thanks for writing. Right now we are focused on getting our first model in production and into the market. With the current model, the Bluefin 14, people who have a 36” inseam and up will find it tight. We do have plans for other models, and yes, one will have a larger and longer cockpit.

    The inside measurement of the cockpit of the Bluefin 14 is 18″ wide by 34″ long. Length from seat back to bulkhead is 45″. Cort, who is shown in many of our videos, is 6’2″ with inseam length of 35″ and weighs around 190 pounds. He fits fine and loved paddling the boat. He is a surf ski paddler and also competes in OC racing (outrigger canoe – think Hawaii). He’s the one in the Eskimo roll video.

    Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Team Pakayak

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