Kayaks

Nothing could be more frustrating for a keen sea kayaker than to sail to a glorious location and then be unable to explore in close. Part of the reason for choosing the Rustler 36 is that it has a massive quarter berth and we are able to fit two 3 piece sea kayaks in there.

exploring St Kilda

Caption: Exploring St Kilda

After a period of experimentation we settled on a model called the Pilgrim, made by Sea Kayaking UK. This was partly becuse of the design of the kayak but largely because the system for connecting the three pieces of the kayak together is secure, and much quicker and easier to than anything else we tried. Other systems needed bolts and are fine if you are assembling the boat at the beginning of a 4 week trip but wouldn't work well when you might have to assemble and dissasemble them every time you want to use them.

The system used by SKUK uses such a positive male/female joint that you only need clips to stop the parts sliding apart. The strength is in the join. (In fact they are harder to take apart that they are to put together).

kayak 'roof rack'

Caption: Back on board in Village Bay St Kilda

We eventualy came up with a system of using neoprene covers to protect the boat/s when moving them in and out of the quarter berth, making a 'roof rack out of fenders to protect the coachroof, and using a fender as a roller to launch the kayaks.