Pocket Friendly Kayaks
Both archeology and anthropology indicate that the native peoples of Siberia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland have been using skin-on-frame kayaks for thousands of years to obtain much needed protein for their diets. Consequently, Alfred Heurich, Johannes Klepper, and, Walter Hon all used similar technology combined with modern materials to create their “Delphin”, “Klepper”, and “Folboat” folding kayaks starting in the early 1900’s. However, it was not until Frank Goodman of Valley Canoe Products introduced the first commercially available fiberglass sea kayak called the “Annas Acuta” (Inuit for Pintail Duck) in 1974 that sea kayaking was vaulted to the forefront as a recreational pastime among avid outdoor enthusiasts.
An extremely capable “passage-maker” with good turn of speed, great sea-worthiness and surprising stability for such a slender craft. Though somewhat stiffer tracking and a little less maneuverable than its shorter siblings, the 18 is still very nimble. Comfortable cockpit fit and adjustable outfitting afford a superb interface between paddler and boat.
The AdvancedFrame Expedition is a thirteen foor hybrid of a folding frame kayak and an inflatable kayak. As with all AdvancedFrame models, the Expedition incorporates our proven aluminum rib-frame technology in the bow and stern providing increased paddling performance. Its increased length adds to the tracking performance and hull speed. There is plenty of on-board storage room for extended trips. It sets up in just a few minutes and is compact enough to take along on a weekend or week-long adventure.
Many folks like to use fiberglass Kayaks, which often have white hulls with yellow tops. These are also narrow, but lightweight. But since they scratch easily, they cannot be dragged over the rocks like the polyethylene cheaper models. As a result, the owners often carry these in elaborate sock-like covers, and have to carefully lift them into the water – and back out again – to avoid scratches. Fun, eh? Even worse are very beautiful, but impractical, wooden kayaks, which look very cool on the roof of your car, but are fragile and easily damaged on rocky shorelines.
While such Kayaks might be useful for limited circumstances (well the whitewater kind, anyway. I am not sure what the point of a $2000 Kayak that you can never, ever scratch, is) for just general paddling around, they are not only overkill, but less useful.
It is, in a way, like the scenario I described in The Bicycle Trap, where people spend thousands of dollars on racing bicycles for street use, that are actually less useful than more pedestrian bikes – at least in terms of recreational riding on real streets and trails. Or the gourmet kitchens with their high-end appliances which are less reliable than a cheap model from Sears. Our generation, it seems, is hooked on paraphernalia, and we all want to have “top of the line” stuff, even if it is wildly impractical for daily living.