Techie Tuesday: Solo Paddling the Greenland II

Your Greenland II can be your home away from home.  We know Folboters use the Greenland II for all kinds of major expeditions.  Even solo expeditions.  With the Greenland II solo seating kit you can swap a couple of crossframes and paddle in the center of the boat.

 

Solo Seating Kit InstructionsSolo Seating Kit Instructions

Techie Tuesday: What’s in That Bag?

When you order a Folbot, you get a backpack**. Which begs the question…what’s in that bag?

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Great question! See below…

WhatsinthebagWell, first of all, your kayak is in that bag. Yes, your entire Folbot kayak fits in its accompanying backpack.
That includes the:

1. Skin
2. Cross Frames
3. Cockpit Frame
4. Tensioner
5. Gun Wale
6. Deck Strut(s)
7. Longeron Bundles
8. Bottom Keel Longeron

In addition to your kayak, the backpack also includes footpegs and your seat.

Pretty cool bag, huh? Unpack it and hit the water!

Kiawah Yellow Per Haavind Bahamas

**This is what your order looks like if you purchase a Citibot, Gremlin, Kiawah, or Cooper. Other Folbot styles come in 2 bags with different frames.

Techie Tuesday: Which Folbot Are You?

GravityHas your Facebook feed been filled with quizzes recently? From “Which Jurassic Park Character Are You?” to “What City Should You Actually Live In?”, I know really specific things about a LOT of people! (But if you’re one of them, I’m really very interested that you would be Frosted Flakes breakfast cereal and Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter.)

ANYWHO…these quizzes are similar to our new kayak selector tool (which maybe we should rename “Which Folbot Are You?”). Just answer 5 questions we’ve crafted to know more about you and how you would use your kayak. Then we give you our suggestion(s) for the best Folbot for you. It’s simple and (as we’ve found, it’s also quite accurate)! Questions include: How tall are you? How will you use your Folbot (sail, paddle long distances, take a friend, etc)? Is speed important?

Kayak_SelectorSo….What Folbot Are You?

Techie Tuesday: Design for Life

We may be partial, but we truly believe Folbot is a beautiful kayak. The design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also leads to a long life for the kayak. We make kayaks that last a lifetime (and longer). You may need to repair/replace a part during your ownership, but you won’t replace your Folbot. Like the gentleman who blogged about his newest Folbot last week, you might even end up adding to your Folbot family!

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A Folbot is an investment in a water craft, that when taken care of, can be passed down for generations.  Just search the Folbot Forum for stories about receiving and restoring a Folbot from one’s grandfather and you’ll see that our kayaks are made to last.  Let us know if you were gifted a Folbot from an older family member or plan on giving your Folbot to the next generation of paddlers.  Or, please let us know if your family is ready to get started with your generations of adventure! You can email us (info@folbot.com) or write it on our FB page!

Techie Tuesday: The Anchor

Often, when you think of kayaking, you don’t think about anchors. You want to move! But if you are using your kayak to fish, hunt, or take pictures, you want (need) to stay in one spot.

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Lightweight fluke style anchor, available at Folbot.com

There’s a great blog post on YakGear.com, “How to Park your Kayak,” that we think is a helpful read. Our favorite tip is their “Golden Rule of Anchors.”

One of the most common mistakes involving anchors is using too little anchor line when trying to set the anchor. For boats, the golden rule of anchor lines is 7:1. That means for every 1 foot of water you are in, you will need 7 feet of anchor line. For example, if the water is 10 feet deep, you would need 70 feet of anchor line. For kayaks, 7:1 may be a little extreme, but it’s always better to have out too much line, rather than too little. The idea behind the golden rule of anchoring is that you do not want the anchor line to be straight up and down in the water. If it is, the anchor will not fall on its side and will not catch the bottom effectively. Too little anchor line will result in dragging. With a longer anchor line, the angle of the anchor line to the bottom will be much less, allowing the anchor to dig in to the bottom much more effectively.

Keep in mind that as the water level changes with tides and currents, you may need to adjust your anchor. When in doubt, always use more anchor line than you think you will use.

Anchors aweigh!

Techie Tuesday: Waterline Length

WaterlineLengthThe need for speed. One important aspect of a kayak that helps determine its maximum speed is the waterline length. As you can see with the Cooper (below), its long, thin hull is designed for speed. The Citibot (above) cannot boast the same maximum speed but is lighter and has a shorter turning radius. There always trade offs in design and this is one reason we built the Kayak Selector Tool, to help you determine which Folbot will meet your needs.

Back to the technical stuff…what is waterline length and what does it have to do with speed? Read this excerpt from Sea Kayaker Magazine.

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Techie Tuesday: Online Kayak Selector

NEW FOLBOT KAYAK SELECTOR TOOLKayak_Selector

We created a new online Kayak Selector tool. Why? Because Folbot offers 10 styles of foldable kayaks. We’ve got a kayak for every size, and all your recreational, touring and expedition needs. And we build each kayak to order. When you buy a Folbot, it’s a one-of-a-kind, made just for you.

Because of that, we don’t keep much inventory (hence the demo sale!). And we’re located in Charleston, South Carolina. If you’re not a local, we want a way for you to get the right “fit”.

Behold our new online Kayak Selector. When you go to Folbot’s website, you answer 6 quick questions about you and how you want to use your new Folbot. Then you’ll get personal recommendations about the perfect Folbot style(s) for you!

And as always, we love to help! Email or call us to discuss how we can make you the next happy Folbot customer.

Techie Tuesday: Outriggers

We include outriggers and pontoons with our new Sporting Life model, Fish ‘n’ Photo package and Upwind Sailing Rig.  Outriggers are simply a solid extension of a boat’s rigging that extends beyond the gunwales.  Many people think of Hawaiian outrigger canoes with the outrigger on one side of the canoe.  Our outriggers are on both sides of your kayak.

Edisto Fish n Photo Front

Folbot Edisto with Outriggers and Pontoons

Our outriggers are 1 1/2 inch aluminum tubes that attach to the washboards with stainless steel “J” hooks. At the ends are banana shaped pontoons that are designed to add stability without pulling your kayak off its track and keep from being buried under the water (and even made to match the color of your Folbot!)

What these pontoons and outriggers do is spread the weight of the kayak and paddles over a larger surface.  When this happens the center of gravity of the kayak increases and it allows the paddler to be extremely stable even with sitting on top of the washboards or standing on the floorboard.  With this extra height, you have a larger field of vision and improved views into the water.  You can more comfortably use your fishing, hunting, or photography equipment.  In fact, it’s so stable you can even throw a casting net for bait fish or shrimp!

The Wind Up

The Wind Up

The Toss

The Toss

Techie Tuesday: RF Welding

Fabricating Folbot skin-on-frame, folding kayaks is both a science and an art. Likewise, RF welding is a science and an art. There’s plenty of science that makes it work and there are some great engineers that have designed our machine. But still, it’s an art.

20140106-200142.jpgAbove is the “tube” of our RF welder that helps us transform 220V of electricity into more than 5000V and harness that power to become high frequency radio waves. We use those radio waves with precision tooling to weld sheets of plastic together in specific shapes. These shapes form our keel ends, seats, bladders, etc. Just part of the art and science that allows us to make durable, portable, performance kayaks.