onsafari wrote:yeah I agree, it's a nice looking boat. I always admired the seaker but the massive weight of it always put me off it. There's more detail about the SeaWave here http://www.nafukovacilode.cz/nafukovaci-kajak-seawave if you haven't seen it already (google translate does a reasonable job) - 15ft long and just 17.5 kg (39lbs) is pretty impressive
I'm very intrigued by this boat. I've thought for a long time that Gumotex/Innova needs to offer a light touring inflatable. The Seaker was an attempt, but is hobbled by the weight and bulk. At 65lbs I can't move it around easily by myself, and the huge packed volume means it's a car only boat. Can't fly or public transit it. At 39lbs I could still pick up and carry the SeaWave one handed.
After paddling the Swing I thought that the aluminum spreader tubes it uses to prop up the deck and provide back support really worked well. So I think this solution will work for the SeaWave's deck. I'm not too bothered by the velcro fastening. I've seen it work fine on Pakboats and I doubt I'd be paddling in conditions with heavy waves breaking across the deck and imploding it. And if it does so what? I've paddled the Solar heavily loaded and completely swamped many times with no problems (other than having to bail).
I can easily see this as the kayak I take down to Baja in the future. Should be easily airline portable. I hope that either Innova or the Boat People picks this up for distribution over here!