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.

 

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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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