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SPECIALTY TANDEM PAKBOATS


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XT-16 TOURING (A) www.pakboats.com $1,995


This is a compact double with a convenient solo option. Simply replace the deck with the optional solo deck to make a high-volume solo with great performance and exceptional stability. With the optional sailing rig, the XT-16 makes an exciting sailboat.


Material: Skin on Frame, Folding | Length: 16’ | Width: 26” | Cockpit Dimensions: 34” x 17” | Capacity: 460 lbs | Weight: 46 lbs


OSPREY DOUBLE/


TRIPLE (B) www.pygmyboats.com $1,305–$1,399


Weighing only 60 pounds, Ospreys are a pleasure to paddle and easy to load. Their 30- inch beam holds you steady in rough water. The Triple is a great choice for families or those that like to bring the dog. They can also be paddled solo in trim from the center cockpit.


Material: Fiberglass-Wood-Fiberglass Composite (Stitch n’ Glue Kit) | Length: 20’ | Width: 30” | Cockpit Dimensions: 33” x 17” | Weight: 60 lbs | Double: $1,305 | Triple: $1,399


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SAFARI (A) www.innovakayak.com $879


Want capability? Adventurer Kira Salak paddled a Safari kayak 600 miles down the Niger River to Timbuktu, unassisted and Harold Murphy has logged 4,500 miles on North American rivers in this kayak. The Safari is the most versatile solo kayak anywhere. Because of its self-bailing design, you can surf the Safari, tour with it, or take the skeg off and run class III whitewater.


Material: Nitrylon Rubber-Coated Polyester Fabric | Length: 10’0” | Width: 28” | Capacity: 220 lbs | Weight: 25 lbs


PYGMY BOATS INC ARCTIC


TERN 14 (B) www.pygmyboats.com $859


Its low wetted surface and low drag give it excellent cruising speed. Great for light touring and surf. Magazine review: “The Arctic Tern 14 is a godsend for smaller boaters. Its shallow cockpit design, nimble handling, and light weight are coupled with straight tracking and good speed.”


Material: Fiberglass-Wood-Fiberglass (Composite Stitch n’ Glue Kit) | Length: 14’ | Width: 23” | Cockpit Dimensions: 33” x 15.5” | Weight: 32 lbs


PADDLING BUYER’S GUIDE | www.rapidmedia.com 87 INNOVA


SWING II (C) www.innovakayak.com $849


The Swing II is the lightest portable decked kayak on the market at 26 pounds. This kayak sets up faster and it is quicker to dry and put away than competing models. The rubber- lined material is completely PVC-free and thus kinder to the environment than many other inflatable kayaks. The urethane-coated deck fabric features fore-and-aft zippered access to store gear or clean the interior. The Swing is surprisingly quick and low-drag to paddle.


Material: LitePack Rubber-coated Ripstop Polyester Cloth | Length: 13’0” | Width: 33” | Cockpit Dimensions: 30” x 20” | Capacity: 396 lbs | Weight: 26 lbs


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