A new kayak wrapped up in plastic

Last week, a truck stopped at our house. The truck driver did not speak Swedish, English or German. After a few minutes’ attempts to understand each other we found a word we both understood. Kayak! Then It just took two minutes before I had a brand new kayak in front of the house. I have bought the new kayak model Qanik from Seabird Designs. The Qanik is completely new. I bought the kayak without having paddled it. So I am really curious about the kayak but I must be patient. It is still winter in Sweden and the ice at the sea is thick… Now I’m really longing for warmer weather.

The Qanik still wrapped in plastic

My friend Bo Ignell helped me to transport the Qanik to the storage at the sea.  I was in a hurry and I hardly had any time to check it out. Hopefully I will be able to do a more carefully examination in the next coming days. 🙂

12 thoughts on “A new kayak wrapped up in plastic”

  1. I am very interested in the Qaniq.
    I have the SeaBird North Sea and while I like that kayak (it took me a long time to get to love her) the rear deck is just way to high to be able to do layback rolls. The Qaniq seems more of Greenland style.
    Let us know how it goes and please a lot of pictures of the cockpit, thigh braces and read coaming height.

  2. Anders: Yes, floating devices makes it safe!
    Gnarlydog: I will write about my first impressions tomorrow. Mostly positive and I have taken some pictures. Not that many but I will take more photos.

  3. What are your stats, dood? I’m going to spend the season looking around for a new kayak to pick up next year and this one already looks sweet. But I’m 6’2″ and 205lbs so a lot of kayaks are immediately eliminated for me. I’m curious to know how big you are… it seems as though that I’m too big for this one.

  4. Hi! Well I’m 5.8 and my weight is 167lbs and I think it’s quite thight to me. There is a lot more space to my feet in the Qanik compared to my Silhouette. /Peter

  5. Hi, Has the review finished yet?
    I kinda like the looks of the seabird designs, but I have no experience on Kayaks what so ever so far.
    I am new but same size (5.8) but a little heavier (until i get some exercize in kayaks 😉 )
    Will I as a new kayaker find this to unstable and have to add the seabird stabilizers?
    I am trying to find the Kayak I will be able to grow in and use for many years ahead.

    Thanks,
    Michael

  6. Hi Michael!

    Final touch of the review will be done during the weekend (some measuring and some more photos need to be added). Check in on sunday afternoon. Then the review will be finished.

    Peter

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