Kayak 1 downsizes the luxury yacht
The Kayak 1 – if you have to ask, you can't afford it
Rich folks ... they have their immaculately-appointed yachts and classic wooden motor launches, but they pretty much have to use the same sit-on-top kayaks as the rest of us, right? Not if the Kayak 1 has anything to say about it.
According to its maker, McLellan Jacobs, the carbon fiber-hulled Kayak 1 is built by America’s Cup boat builders in New Zealand. It also features teak and ash timber detailing “made by the country’s most highly-regarded furniture maker,” along with gold-plated brass fittings.
The single-passenger kayak measures 12 feet, 10 inches (3.4 meters) long and two feet, seven inches (0.8 meters) in width. It tips the scales at 36 to 40 pounds (16 to 18 kg), depending on how it’s customized – a boat like this is made to order.
Not surprisingly, if you want to know how much one costs, you’ll have to submit an inquiry. It does include its own paddle, though, so that’ll save you a few bucks right there.
Source: McLellan Jacobs via Uncrate
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Overall, as a kayaker, I'd say this is not something I would want even if I could afford it. Most of the places I would take a SOT really requires the resilience of HDPE....and if I were going to get a custom boat, I would contract for a CUSTOM boat. I've seen FAR nicer examples of custom designed kayaks for reasonably real world money from recognized kayak builders.
Definitely a solution looking for a problem.
I too, am a kayaker, and I have had custom kayaks built for me. This looks more like an open canoe than a kayak. 12 '10" and 31" wide -- much more like canoe measurements. I see the need for HDPE, at least in paddling Florida rivers. I love my custom kayaks, I've ruined a 16' 35 lb fiberglass SOT kayak on limestone - softtball sized hole through the bottom. And I agree, there's several better looking, more functional kayaks out there. I'm thnking wood next, and the Pinguino 145 by Pygmy kayaks is pretty appealing !!
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