Saturday, November 15, 2008
Black beauty - Tahe Marine Greenland kayak
Update 12/01/2009: Mats from Tahemarine-sweden commented that the Tahé Greenland now also is available in a LC (Large Cockpit)-version. The large cockpit measures 57x40 cm - 7 centimetres longer than the standard cockpit size. This is still far from a large keyhole cockpit, and you still won't be able to get your legs out first - but it sure makes the Greenland accessible for a wider range of (larger) kayakers. Click here or have a look at the Tahemarine-Sweden website for more high-res pictures of the cockpit design.
This morning I went to Wormer to pick up a kayak at René's place. I can't pass by Wormer without at least a quick visit at the Kajakcentrum - the largest kayak retailer in the Netherlands (and probably one of the biggest of Western-Europe). The 2009 collections are arriving in the shop - amongst the new kayaks are some interesting new (for the Dutch market) brands like TideRace, Tahe Marine and (coming soon) Think surf skis.
There was one special kayak that struck my eye: the Tahe Marine Greenland. A hard chined greenland-style kayak. A sharp V-bottom, low volume, small ocean cockpit, very sleek long lines: fantastic, such a beauty!
Readers of this weblog must have noticed that I love my white Anas Acuta - also a kayak inspired by - and a close descendant of - the traditional inuit qayaqs of West Greenland. The Anas Acuta is compared to most modern seakayaks a quit low volume kayak, and the design of the Tahe Marine Greenland is even more sleeker. It must be a dream to roll. With more length on the waterline than the AA it will probably a bit faster. And it's also available in a white gelcoat colour... (alas: I can't get home with more than one new kayak a day ;-).
About the origins of the Anas Acuta: René's blog.
Geplaatst door Hans Heupink op 21:40