Category Archives: Tech

Repairing a Gumotex Seawave

The other day, while lashing the Gumotex drybag backpack to a chopped-down trolley I foolishly wore two holes in my Seawave ;-(( Pumping away like a donkey on Limehouse jetty (above), I assumed the non-standard PRV was playing up; probably a grain … Continue reading

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Pumps for inflatable kayaks

Inflation valves and PRVs are here Suited to low pressure Gumotex IKs and the like, the cheap and popular Bravo foot pump initially looks a bit crap, but I found lasted well and was fairly travel-compact. Occasionally the yellow tube splits near either … Continue reading

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Alternative to D-rings for IKs

Michael S from BC came up with a good idea for securing stuff, seats or thigh straps to the floor of your IK without resorting to gluing on expensive D-rings – something that takes application and the right glue to … Continue reading

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One Million Sharks

  This weekend IK&P went supernova and broke through the one-million hit barrier, making it possibly the most read non-commercial website about inflatable kayaks and packrafts. Find a niche and they will come, as the bloke from WaterWorld is said to … Continue reading

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IK autopsy

Performing my cutting-a-kayak-in-half trick gave me a long overdue chance to see exactly how they’re put together, as well as other stuff, like why it was failing and how well certain glues stuck. The neoprene inside I used to assume … Continue reading

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Semperit Mori

A couple of days after trying out the Semperit I noticed a scratch on the hull bottom (left) so decided to pre-emptively patch that with Bostik 1782 (less faff than 2-part). It looked like an old scratch which had opened … Continue reading

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Semperit at sea 1

No doubt about it; since flogging my much-used Sunny in 2011, followed by a flawed experiment with a Feathecraft Java, I’ve become spoiled by high-pressure IKs like my fast Incept K40 (based on the Forelle’s design), the brick-hard but slower Grabner Amigo … Continue reading

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Semperit Forelle 2; afternoon refurb’

Here in the Summer Isles the reliable May  sunny spell  is about to end – great for solar panels, but strong afternoon easterlies not so good for day-long IK-ing. Suilven mountain even caught fire. Yesterday, before it picked up we nipped … Continue reading

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Does your IK need a deck?

Most inflatable kayaks are like canoes and have no  deck. A few like the Gumotex Framura and Swing, or the Grabner Explorer and Decathlon X500 and some Advanced Elements have fixed decks. Others have zip-back or removable decks. Left and right, a yellow Incept K40 with … Continue reading

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