How to select your Kit

The boat that is best suited to a person is determined by the size of the paddler, the intended use of the boat & the desired aesthetics of the craft. 

A larger paddler requires a larger volume boat to support their weight. Factors such as weight, height and shoe size of the paddler are considerations when choosing the most suitable boat. We have included this information in the comparisons of the boats below.

Another obvious factor to consider is whether you will need capacity for one, two or three paddlers. We have kayaks suitable for all of these in our line-up. 

If you plan to paddle extended trips on large bodies of water or the ocean, you will want a longer kayak. You will achieve a better glide (the distance the boat will coast with a single stroke of the paddle) from a boat with a longer waterline.

The volume of the boat is increased by making the hull wider and/or longer. The most efficient way to increase volume is to increase the length of the boat. A long & narrow hull moves easier and faster than a short & wide hull.

 

Kayaks

Anuri 16:  Hard-chine with a modified v-shaped bottom, she carries large loads easily.

  • A good choice for people from 5’ to 6’3”
  • Maximum load 360 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 14
  • Waterline 174”
  • Weight ~ 40 lbs


Lightning 12TA:  Ultra maneuverability with great stability.  She turns on a dime and tracks well for her length.  You have the option of building her as a take-a-part  3 piece kayak or a 1 piece kayak. 

  • Great for kids or adults up to 6’2”
  • Maximum load 250 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 12
  • Waterline 139”
  • Building time 85-110 hours, depending on if boat is built as a regular or take apart kayak
  • Length of sections: Bow 40 ½” ; Center 56 ¼” ; Stern 47 ½”


Lightning 14:
  This is the little sister to our popular Lightning 17. She was designed for exploring winding creeks and rivers making this boat perfect for day trips. 

  • Well suited for people 5’1” to 6’ 3
  • Maximum load 270 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 12
  • Waterline 162.5”
  • 14' long ; 24.5" beam
  • Weight = 35 lbs 


Lightning 17:  She is the big sister to our Lightning 14 and is a great all-round boat.  She’s fast and can carry lots of gear. She is a strong tracker & turns where you want and when you want to.

  • A good choice for people 5’3” to 6’3” 
  • Maximum load 340 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 12
  • Waterline 197”
  • 24" beam


Solace 16XL:  
She handles great, tracks and turns very well. The Solace 16XL can carry large loads while being beautiful and sleek.

  • Great for people 5’2” to 6’3”
  • Maximum load 320 lbs
  • Men's shoe size up to 15
  • Waterline 184”
  • 16' long ; 23.75" beam
  • Weight = ~ 40 lbs 

 

If you’re looking for a speedy escape into nature and a boat that will turn heads on a Sunday paddle then you will want one of the Solace “Extreme” series kayaks. The "EX" stands for “EXTREME”, and we have pulled out all the stops to blend just the right lengths, beams and shapes to yield three truly high performance touring kayaks.  Just add water to these floating rockets and you will be amazed at the smooth acceleration, outstanding stability, excellent tracking, and carrying capacity of these unique craft. 

Solace 16EX  This is one of our most popular models. She is stable, fast & beautiful! 

  • 5’ to 6’ 4”
  • Maximum load 250 lbs
  • Men's shoe size up to 15
  • Waterline 184”  
  • 16’ long ; 22" beam
  • Build time = ~ 95 hours  

Solace 17EX  If speed is your thing the Solace 17EX is your boat. Amazing stability for a boat with a 22” beam.

  • 5’1” to 6’ 7”
  • Maximum load 325 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 16
  • Waterline 198 ½”
  • 17’3” long ; 22" beam 
  • Build time = just over 100 hours

Solace 18EX  A water powered rocket!!! 

  • 5’4” to 6’10”
  • Maximum load 350 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 17
  • Waterline 208”
  • 18'3" long ; 22" beam 
  • 46 lbs
  • Build time = 95 hours


Solace  18XL:  
If you like big boatsyou’ll love this one! She's a Solace so performance is assured.

  • 5’4” to 6’10”
  • Maximum load 380 lbs
  • Men’s shoe size up to 17
  • Waterline 208”
  • Weight ~50 lbs


Duet 16:  A good choice for those who want diversity as it can be paddled as a double or a single kayak.  It has similar characteristics to those of a canoe, with greater hull speed and stability.  Larger paddlers can easily remove the front seat to comfortably step in or out of the boat. This beauty has loads of leg room and carrying capacity. 

  • Maximum load 420 lbs
  • 16' long; 30" beam 
  • Waterline 185”
  • Weight = 50 lbs
  • Build time = 100 hours


Trillium 21:  
Designed with those in mind who want a very light, sleek, and beautiful craft.  She can be paddled as a double, triple or solo with all the room needed to bring along the kids or the dog.

  • Maximum load 650 lbs
  • Waterline 237.5”


Canoes 

Explorer 16:  
With a huge payload of 700 lbs. this is a great all-round canoe.  There is room for the whole family, or load all your camping gear and just go.  The explorer also paddles beautifully solo.  She is a high volume, very stable boat that is maneuverable enough for those looking for a river adventure.

  • Waterline 178.5”


North lakes 19:  
One of the most efficient freighter canoes ever made. 

  • Waterline 223”