Fatyak™ Adventure S Mahee Kayak in The Solent.
We loaded up the Fatyaks on Sunday and headed to the coast. Destination was Lepe beach in Hampshire, over looking The Solent and Isle of White. The weather was sunny, the water was supprisingly warm but the great british weather had to throw in some wind to the mix.
Transportation of kayaks is always an issue. The size and shape of them always makes it a challenge. Below you can see in the photo our transport, to the left a LandRover Defender 110 with a pair of cross gutter roof bars, on the right a Mazda CX5 AWD, again with standard roof bars, but also “J” kayak holders fitted. We traveled down some 30miles to Lepe beach in Hampshire. Neither of us had any issues with the loads moving or creating any issues up to motorway speeds and on country lanes.
Both transportation setups have pro’s and con’s. The Landrover setup is rocksolid, with no movement of the load as it was tightly straped against the bars and the flat top surfaces of the Fatyak. However being a large 4×4 and high off the ground lifting the kayak on the roof could be difficult if you are not very tall. I can load the Fatyak™ Adventure S Mahee Kayak on my own. Weighing only 26kg I can lift this abover my head and slide it on the bars, however my 6’1″ height also helps me.
The Mazda CX5 is a more standard family hatchback. On Sunday this was loaded with 2 kayaks, a Fatyak™ Adventure S Mahee Kayak and a Katyak™ Surf Kayak. We had 2 sets of “J” bars installed, one for each kayak. It is highly recommended that with this setup, you strap across the kayaks to the “J” bars and tie both the front and back of the kayaks to the towing eyes on the car, as you can see with the blue straps in the photo above. With the lower roof height 1 or 2 people can easily load the kayaks on a normal family car. I followed this setup on the drive down to the coast and it didn’t move at all.
On The Water.
Sunday was a true test of the Fatyak™ Adventure S Mahee Kayak family freindlyness. In the photo below you can see my freind Dean and his wife and daughter all loaded up. Safety first of course, everyone has lift jackets! Space wasn’t an issue with 3 loaded up and there is still the rear storage area and plenty of space between your legs for a rucksack, beach towel, whatever you take on a days outing.
With 2 adults paddling the Fatyak™ Adventure S Mahee Kayak moved very easily through the water. It was a windy day, 15mph+, which I would say is the limit for safe kayaking. We could all feel the wind, especially when we turner side on to it, pushing the kayaks and catching the paddle blades. The sea only had a small chop but some boat wakes came past and the kayaks performed very well both nose in to the waves and side on. Stability was excellent in the conditions we experienced. We got very little water in the kayaks throughout the whole day and what did enter soon drained away through the scupper holes in the base of the kayaks.
I was paddling the second Fatyak™ Adventure S Mahee solo. This was to see how they performed for some trips later in the year. Dean and myself will be doing some coastal and river camping trips. So we will be loading up the front of the kayaks with camping gear and paddling solo on those trips. In windy conditions you can feel the bow being pushed without a second person providing power, but this is to be expected. However paddling solo was no issue otherwise. The kayak moved easily through the water, turning wasn’t an issue. The bow didn’t run any more noticeably higher with one adult only onboard. We had the “Komfort seats” and everyone found them to be comfortable and support your beack very well.
Fatyak supplied the standard trolly wheels for moving the kayaks around from the carpark and down the beach. These performed well, however we both found that you do need to strap or bunge the kayak to the wheels becasue on any ground that isn’t level, we had isses with the kayaks over balancing and falling over. Once they were strapped to the wheels we had no further issues.
All in all, we had a great day Fatyaking. we have many more trips planned and you can follow the, on TheManOutdoors blog and Instagram page. We will report back on how the Fatyaks hold up on a longterm test over the summer. We will be doing some videos setting there stabilty and sea worthiness also, so keep checking back.