SeaStrip, nicknamed The Needle - is an extreme in narrowness and length for maximum hull speed. (2.200 euro)
(December 5th, 2008, Ekenäs, Finland) As an established sea kayaker and the days when I used to do K1 kayaking in surfwaves it has intrigued me to mix the best of both of them. The speed and ease of the K1 paddling mixed with the seaworthiness of the traditional sea kayak. The hulls of Surfski kayaks intrigued me with their high surfspeeds. Actually my ultimate kayak became a mixture of three models. Closed cockpit like a seakayak, the length and bow volume of a surfski and the narrowness of the K1. Actually the width became as little as 38 cm bringing the cockpit to a width that my hips barely could fit in, especially when dressed for winter.
Design Measures of SeaStrip
- Overall Length 617.9 cm
- Waterline Length 607.5 cm
- Maximum Overall Beam 39.2 cm
- Maximum Waterline Beam 35.2 cm
- Half-angle of Entry 3.49°
- Half-angle of Exit 5.26°
- Maximum Draft 10.9 cm
- Design Displacement 99.78 kg
- Wetted Surface Area 1.87 m²
- Waterplane Area 1.27 m²
What I especially like about seakayaking is the possibility to make it safer than K1. The watertight compartments, and the cockpit that you can hang-in-on to play or rescue yourself with a roll. Or why not a re-entry with a roll. The final product is the SeaStrip. Its coming alive can be seen on video here, also some of its performance is pictured. I do also have to say that this kayak is if not impossible, at least very challenging for even experienced sea kayakers, maybe less so for the K1 paddler. When the K1 paddler intends to go further than swimming distance from the shore it would be recommendable to be proficient on rolling with a tippy boat. I doubt that any other form of selfrescue is practical- Do not even think there would be a fellow kayaker on arms length when the rescue is needed.
Please enjoy the video - and I would like to read what you think.