Friday, 4 September 2009

New Ocean Kayaks; The Nalu and the Torque

Ocean Kayak have just released two new models, The Nalu and The Torque angler. They will be on display to the public for the first time at the South Hampton boat show, But they will be available to demo for the first time at this years South West Canoe Show on October the 3rd.

The Nalu

The Nalu is the first ever paddleboard from Ocean Kayak, the world number one when it comes to sit-on-tops. As a pioneer in the paddlesports industry for over 35 years Ocean Kayak has considered every detail to ensure the Nalu offers peak performance at an affordable price. Features include dedicated areas for sitting and/or standing and this is the first paddleboard on the market that will accommodate a backrest. It is also one of the few rotomoulded polyethylene paddleboards so is durable, stable and very tough. It is also easy to transport, store and is maintenance free.
The Nalu is 3.35m (11’) long, 79cm (31”) wide and includes moulded-in fins for outstanding tracking. Two self-draining scuppers are built in and ergonomic handles make it easy to carry around.

The Torque

Ocean Kayak has introduced the Torque Angler, an innovative fishing kayak which has been custom built to take a drop-in Minn Kota electric motor unit. The compact motor module weighs just 20lbs (9kg) and simply slots in place in a large scupper behind the seat. When it is not required a detachable skeg can be fitted so the Torque functions as a standard kayak. The motor plugs into an outlet at the back of the kayak and the battery goes in a sealed battery box in the centre. Because motor and battery are separate, removable units it makes them easy to handle, optimizes the kayak’s trim and keeps it light for transportation.

The Torque uses a Minn Kota Maximizer motor unit which delivers up to 33 pounds of thrust and offers forward and reverse drive. Speed is controlled through a control knob in the cockpit which offers variable speed control. This means that unlike with a fixed dial system, the throttle can be fine tuned allowing anglers to find their optimum speed. An extra large rudder provides excellent manoeuvrability and is operated by foot pedals to give hands free operation of the drive system. Minn Kota motors are renowned for their near silent operation and the motor unit is coated to resist saltwater corrosion. A kill switch and battery circuit breaker have been fitted for safety.

The craft is a completely new design inspired by the popular Prowler Trident range of fishing kayaks so offers all the features today’s kayak angler has come to expect from Ocean Kayak. The motor and hull have been seamlessly integrated so the 4.2m (13’ 10”) Torque offers a dry, stable ride. For comfort there is a padded seat back and foot braces. Other features include a large bow hatch, areas to mount fishing accessories, a transducer compatible scupper hole and a paddle keeper. The Torque comes in two colours, yellow and sand.
So if either of the New Ocean Kayak models takes your fancy, why not come and try them out On Saturday the 3rd of October, at the South West Canoe Show 2009. You can find more details about the show on the South west canoe show website.
Or go the the Ocean kayak website for more info on these exciting new models.