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CruiserBoard blends stand-up paddleboarding and sit-down kayaking


August 29, 2014

The CruiserBoard can be paddled from a sitting or standing position

The CruiserBoard can be paddled from a sitting or standing position

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As popular and fast-growing a sport as stand-up paddleboarding has been, sometimes you just need to sit down and take a load off. A cross between a kayak and paddleboard, the CruiserBoard is a sit-down, stand-up paddleboard that gives paddlers more versatility than ever.

Its thermoplastic composite was developed for paddleboard use by California-based Bounce Composites, and offers a mix of low weight, resiliency and durability. CruiserBoard has crafted that composite into a uniquely shaped craft with a cathedral hull, molded-in keel, and extra high sides.

The sides are designed to help keep the deck drier, and a deck pad provides stable footing. The concave deck is said to provide better stability by lowering the paddler's center of gravity, and it also helps prevent the paddle from rolling off should the rider place it down on the board.

A look at the CruiserBoard's features

While the CruiserBoard looks a bit different from other paddleboards on its own, it really separates itself with its removable folding chair. That chair gives the board a ride more like a high, sit-atop kayak, a design that's directed at anglers, beginners and others that may feel more comfortable in a seated position.

The chair's trucks slide into the board's dual rails, providing easy front-back adjustment and removal. Those tracks are also built to work with Scotty accessories, allowing the owner to customize his craft. When flipped up, the chair serves as a stabilizing support that the paddler can lean against.

The Transformer Paddle

Given that switching from seated to standing position entails completely different paddling dynamics, CruiserBoard includes an adjustable Transformer paddle that switches from a single-blade, T-handle paddleboard paddle to a dual-blade kayak paddle.

CruiserBoard launched its sit-down, stand-up paddleboard in March and has been touring water-sport and boat shows ever since. The board + paddle package is available for US$2,590.

Source: CruiserBoard

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The hull shape is interesting and adds a lot of stability to the board. I believe you could drop a lot of weight and cut the price in half if you went composite / epoxy over your chosen built material ...... bouncy plastic? Can't comment on the built in lounge chair as this is something I've never seen before or even imagined seeing on a sup board.

29th August, 2014 @ 08:13 pm PDT

Not to poo-poo this too much, but several years ago I rigged my Ocean kayak Prowler 13 to be very similar to this by using the built in pole holders and some aluminium tubing for a higher seat at 1/5th the price of this board. Plus I have waterproof storage space and can haul 200 lbs of gear for 2 or 3 day trips. This seems like a lot of money for little return IMO.

30th August, 2014 @ 07:52 am PDT

Oh yeah, I built one of these in 1978 that I carved from a single block of polystyrene covered in epoxy fiberglass and I used an old plastic deck chair mounted on it, and yes it did have a cathedral hull form and had a recess for a paddle and other stowage compartments.

Some things are not new just up-dated. Mine had a wider and more pronounced gull wing stern section for better stability and tracking and it had all of the other features touted here as new including a soft textured polyurethane foam deck topper. I must admit I do like the paddle these guys have got.

This is a good idea and nice to see it reborn but too expensive I believe.

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1st September, 2014 @ 01:51 am PDT

Several have commented that this is not new and is expensive. Expensive !!!!!!! Outrageously expensive. Only the foolish or ultra wealthy pay this price for this toy. Used boats, jetski's , kayaks, and numerous other watercraft can be had for a fraction of this price.

Almost all the items shown on Gizmag are priced by dreamers thinking the public is stupid and will pay outrageous prices for something because it is new and gimmicky. They may be able to fool a few but only a few.

2nd September, 2014 @ 01:26 pm PDT
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