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Narak 405 cross

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:30 am
by Brett
Has anyone here paddled one of these? Impressions?

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:01 pm
by HoosierPaddler
Actually I paddled one (no rudder) about a week ago. Very light weight, seemed quick. It will turn very quickly. Even though I am not sure it has any rocker, it seemed to want to turn. this is a definite advantage if you are floating a river, but I am usually in more open water. I think it would benefit from conventional adjustable footpegs, or a simple clamp on footpeg (to internal longeron), rather than the even lighter current setup. This would allow you to place a little pressure on one side of the kayak or the other to counter the energy of the paddlestroke. At least that has been my experience in paddling other kayaks with lots of rocker and trying to paddle them consistently straight.

Very high quality, super easy setup, light weight. I wish it were available as a double :)

HoosierPaddler
GIIx2, Kodiak, Edisto, Citibot

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:39 pm
by Brett
HoosierPaddler wrote:Actually I paddled one (no rudder) about a week ago. Very light weight, seemed quick. It will turn very quickly. Even though I am not sure it has any rocker, it seemed to want to turn. this is a definite advantage if you are floating a river, but I am usually in more open water. I think it would benefit from conventional adjustable footpegs, or a simple clamp on footpeg (to internal longeron), rather than the even lighter current setup. This would allow you to place a little pressure on one side of the kayak or the other to counter the energy of the paddlestroke. At least that has been my experience in paddling other kayaks with lots of rocker and trying to paddle them consistently straight.

Very high quality, super easy setup, light weight. I wish it were available as a double :)

HoosierPaddler
GIIx2, Kodiak, Edisto, Citibot
Cool, thanks!
I found a deal on a Grand Narak, so I purchased that instead. It just costs so much to import from the EU, and CLC Boats had the Narak available.

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:31 pm
by siravingmon
Let us know how the testing goes. Can't wait to see the photos!

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:49 am
by HoosierPaddler
Most if not all the internal assemblies are organized (connected) into sub assemblies. If I remember, that does include the seat and the foot pegs. Nautiraid has some assembly videos. If you comment on those, if there is a particular step that needs a more in depth video or explanation, I'm sure Guillaume would work on that.

I'm used to Folbot seat, and foot pegs. Most Folbot seats just velcro to lower longerons and attaches to a seat strap running between the left and right combing pieces. Later AirFoam seat used push-on clips to longerons as well as straps for adjustment. I prefer the earlier seats and I just use other self inflating seats, or thick foam hunting seats to create a comfortable seat. The Nautiraid seat and foot pegs are connected to various straps that allow for a lot of adjustment.

Its now been about a year since I paddled the Narak 405 and 460. Each seat seamed very comfortable. I look forward to hearing more about your first trip.

Hoosier Paddler
GIIx2, Kodiak x2, Edisto, and Citibot

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:57 am
by HoosierPaddler
Thanks for the update.

As far as the tendency for the turning. I have noticed when I feel that in one of my Folbots it is one of a few things. The assembly has a slight twist within the skin. What I mean by this is that folding kayaks have lots of connections, and one or more isn't quite set or aligned properly. I have actually taken the kayak and with a another paddler, rocked and twisted in the opposite direction to get it corrected. Another thought might be that this behavior is related to weight distribution. Maybe you aren't evenly seated (side to side). I was think there were several connections related to getting the seat all set within the kayak's hull. Maybe some adjustment still needs to be made with the seat?

I don't remember how much the 405 weighed. We just assembled them and probably walked only 50 meters to get onto a canal. My Folbots are between 42 and 65 lbs but I try to be within a few steps of the water whenever possible. I'm sure you will get used to it.

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:05 am
by Melootti
I've had it for three summers now. Been paddling on rivers, lakes and on the Baltic coast. Longest day trips have been around 30 km.
Pros:
- Transport and storage
- Roominess
- Easy access. Cockpit opening is comfortably large
- Stability. The boat is pretty wide and the floaters on the sides make it a stable platform
- Quite light to carry
- The seat is very comfortable

Cons:
- Because of the hull shape it doesn't cut too well through waves
- Deck material isn't water tight. You will get water inside the boat through the deck if it's raining or waves wash over it
- Somewhat slow

It's a good boat for still waters. Get a decent paddle with big enough blades and it'll move reasonably fast, I use Werner Corryvreckan. For sea kayaking or rough waters I'd choose some other kayak. Assembly takes about 20 minutes. All and all I've been quite happy with it and it's just so easy to transport and store :).

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:22 pm
by HoosierPaddler
Thanks for the review. I would love to have the Cross, the regular Narak 460 single and the Narak double. I can't have just one kayak :D

HoosierPaddler
Folbot Greenland II x4, Kodiak x2, Edisto, and Citibot

Re: Narak 405 cross

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:34 am
by Jazznow
Im bumping this thread, because im thinking about about buying one. Any new Thoughts on this Kayak or anymore owners who can share their Experiences?