Design principals of Unplugged
To create a perfect beginners kayak we have defined 3 basic principles for Unplugged:
- It must have all the characteristics of a sea kayak to provide a 100% authentic sea kayak experience.
- It must support and respond perfectly on the paddler to help the paddler improve balance and technique to provide a safe and succesful start.
- It must be a kayak that grows with the paddler. Allowing the paddler to enjoy Unplugged for many years.
A) Water tight compartments: For storage and flotation.
B) Thigh braces: Your thighs are below deck pushing against the thigh braces.
C) Deck lines: To pull the kayak up in a rescue situation.
D) Toggle: Handle to carry the kayak must be accessible from the water.
E) Rocker: The upward curve at each end of the kayak.
These are three common hull shapes for sea kayaks. A round shape (E) is the fastest but also least stable. The shallow V (F) is used for Unplugged which gives a medium stability and medium speed. The flat shape (G) is extremely stable but it will make you work hard to gain and maintain speed. Want to know more? Take a look at our Kayak Guide
3. A kayak you can enjoy for many years
In the design of Unplugged it has been important to make a kayak that does not limit you as your kayaking skills improves. While Unplugged is great for a short trip up and down the coast it has so much more potential.