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Show and Tell time!!!

By February 13, 2017 9 Comments

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!

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.

prototype clamp

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.

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

Caution Sticker for inside Pakayak

assembly instruction sticker

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 gaskets

Cockpit cowling gasket

Cockpit gaskets

Cockpit cowling gasket from the supplier

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

Until the next UPDATE…

Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • corbieres says:

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

    hervé

  • Ed Hibbs says:

    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!

    • Zinelle Mackro says:

      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

  • paulette.trejgo says:

    This is super exciting! I’m a casual kayaker but the carting it from here to there is difficult for me. This sounds great. I sure would like to have a ball-Park cost for one of these?????

    • Zinelle Mackro says:

      Hey Paulette, thanks for your interest! You can pre-order now on our shop page. The pre-order price is $1695. Hope to have you as a customer soon. 🙂

  • Jerry says:

    Hello… I just saw you ad on Facebook and is something I really need. You know, what stopped me before to learn and practice kayaking was the space of the kayak to be stored at home.

    Question… what is forecast about delivery times. If I pay today, how much time you estimate for final delivery ?

    Best luck

    • Zinelle Mackro says:

      Hello Jerry, thanks for writing! We expect orders placed now to be shipped in June. We are not exactly sure when because we haven’t started production yet. Thanks for your interest and for understanding.

  • Hans E Kessler says:

    Hi guys,
    I have supported your kickstart and eager to get my hands on your kayak. When will be the next demo days in the Connecticut region sothat I can test it?

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