A standard kayak is fitted with a High performance seat, except the Explorer LV, Greenlander and Greenlander Pro that all come with a foam seat. Should you want the standard or small size high performance seat please let us know when ordering.
The standard kayak also comes with a back rest, footrests, all recessed deck fittings, deck lines and a wire skeg. A rope skeg can be fitted instead for no additional costs if requested.
The standard kayaks are available in yellow, orange, red, blue, quill, white and bright green.
Please use the RAL colour chart to see which colour you prefer.
The standard kayaks are made of fibre glass and are constructed from chop strand matt, woven cloth and polyester resin. We use a quality control mat and not a chop strand gun to laminate the hull.
Due to the shapes in the deck providing extra stiffness, the deck is a slightly lighter lay-up than the hull. The standard lay-up has been designed for all levels of kayaking and is ideal for the kayaker who really wants a durable kayak and is not too fussy about weight. The kayak will also come with an internal reinforced keel, and internal and external glass seams.
The approximate weight of an Explorer made of fibre glass is 25-26 kilo including hatch covers etc.
Standard kayaks have the choice of a High performance glass seat or a foam seat.
The high performance seat (standard since 1/3 2009) is slightly tilted forwards for a more positive and dynamic paddling position. It has been designed to improve the paddler’s posture and in turn will help the paddler achieve a more efficient forward stroke.
Hip pads are provided and full foam pads are placed under the seat. These stick to the hull, come in different heights and will stop stones getting trapped between the seat and the hull.
The rear of the seat comes higher up supporting the paddler’s lower back. The raised area also prevents the bottom being pinched between the back of the seat and the back rest.
The seat comes with a built in lower back support, but can also be supplied with an optional extra backrest. This allows both lower back support and a narrow back band so support can be given even if the paddler is leaning forward.
The High Performance glass seat comes in two widths. The narrower seat being suitable for the small or slimmer paddler size 8-10 down in UK female sizes (US: size 6-8. Europe: size 36-38), and approx 30″ waist in male sizes (US and Europe: size small).
The wider seat will always be fitted unless a narrow seat or foam seat is specified.
As standard it comes set in the middle position and can be set 12 mm (½″) forward or backward by the paddler depending on their needs. In our factory it can also be set higher if required, at least 25 mm (1″). With a bit of drilling and by purchasing some extra pads from us, it can also be set higher by the paddler. The High performance seat is also available as a retro fit kit. This comes complete with all the fittings and instructions to fit into any of our boats.