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Kurki Touring kayak

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As a sea kayaker for 12 years I have paddled a few different kayak designs and liked the idea of a skin on frame. I enjoy touring so decided the Kurki (Heron in Finnish) may suit me best. Its long waterline and high volume belies its weight of just 12kg! Paddlling with just my 73kg weight can be a bit prone to wind and feel a bit twitchy, but really comes into its own when loaded for camping. It edge turns on the hard chines very keenly and cuts through waves like a knife. I used it shortly after building for a kayak camp along the South coast of England, launching into 3ft waves. All kit was stowed into dry bags fore and aft with string to retrieve the smaller end bags which had been poked in place with the Greenland stick. It paddled very well and was quick and stable. Weather-cocking from a rear quartering breeze was there, as normal. A strap-on skeg is useful for such conditions to avoid getting tired from compensating with the paddle. A kayak sock is a good idea to make or buy, to prevent water entering the storage areas. All in all a great kayak, definitely not a Greenland roller, but strong and great for touring!

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