Specifications for GulfStream
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This is the Kayak I learned about carving turns in. It was at the 1986 Inland Sea Society symposium in Bayfield Wisconsin and after all these years it is still highly popular. "Dances" with a lean of the boat and a stroke of the paddle describes it. You will paddle like a pro and feel and look like one too in this exceptionally stable and fun kayak. If you are already accomplished paddler you will love the comfort and agility of this kayak.
World famous designer Derek Hutchinson designed the Gulfstream as a highly maneuverable kayak that appeals to those who want to make their kayak dance with a tilt of the boat and a stroke of the paddle. A retractable skeg enhances tracking on longer trips and in adverse conditions.
The Gulfstream's rubber forward and stern hatches give a waterproof seal. The forward hatch is 9-1/2" diameter, and the oval stern hatch is 11" x 16-1/2". These convenient hatches provide ample space for storing gear. The unique day hatch is 7-3/4" diameter and is within arm's reach of the paddler. A third bulkhead behind the day hatch makes this compartment self contained.
This model is also available in weight reducing KEVLAR composition.
Kayaks are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:
Composite kayaks are made from fiberglass, kevlar and graphite in different combinations. Fiberglass, is very durable and makes a strong and economical kayak. Kevlar is lighter and very tough so less needs to be used to make a strong and very durable kayak. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar and is used in strategic locations on some models.
Plastic, Super Compound Linear Polyethylene, (SCL) is extremely tough and durable. It is used in the rotomolded models. Cuts or breaks are so rare I have never seen one, even on white water boats. UV inhibitors are blended in to protect from the sun. This is the most economical durable material Current Designs kayaks are built with. The down side is a little bit of flex and a bit more extra weight.
Thermoformed Composite System (TCS). These are made from an Acrylic and ABS plastic laminate. This plastic is stiffer and lighter than SCL polyethylene. It has the look and light weight of a fiberglass kayak, but costs less. For a more in depth description of these materials the Current Designs web site, or a catalog will help. Also feel free to contact us.