Looking for Waves
Looking for Waves
By Kurt Canfield of kayaktrailerstore.com
Heirloom Kayaks is not a misnomer—they really are among the most
beautiful kayaks on the market today, and are truly heirloom pieces built to last generations. Robert Lantz, the owner of Heirloom, puts in an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and skill into building these wonderful kayaks.
To protect any heirloom, you have to take care when transporting it. Kayaks, which get transported frequently, need even more attention. You want to make sure it arrives at your destination undamaged and ready to take on whatever body of water you’re going to be kayaking!
Many kayakers choose to buy a roof carrier and transport their kayaks on the top of their roofs. This works just fine if you have a kayak that’s made out of fiberglass. When you are driving 60 miles per hour on a highway, the headwind created is about 50 miles per hour, which is close to tropical storm strength winds! A fiberglass kayak is designed to bend and sway without breaking, and can handle those kinds of wind speeds.
However, if you plan to purchase an Heirloom kayak, I would strongly recommend that you purchase a Malone Kayak Trailer to protect your investment. Malone is the industry leader in kayak trailers for a reason—their trailers are sturdy, reliable, well-designed, and made in the U.S.A. But most importantly, by having your Heirloom kayak safely attached to a Malone Kayak trailer, you ensure that the wind shear from driving on the highway will be completely mitigated.
The trailers have some other great features as well. One of the most convenient is that the trailer is designed to be submersible. That means you can back your trailer right into the water, detach the kayak, and be ready to go, all without having to worry about lifting your kayak and hurting your back!
The inlay of the deck has been going very well, stripping without staples and continuing to hand bevel the strips. The colors of the cedar compliment each other well, having enough contrast to clearly reveal the pattern while showing off the beauty of dark chocolate old growth cedar and a more typical western red. The bass wood is a clear white and will show well under the glass with a slight golden color after varnishing.
The stripping is time consuming as usual but is one of my favorite aspects of wood strip construction. Primarily because this is when I am actually forming the shape of the boat and watching the graceful lines of the kayak develop. Careful fitting of each strip requires patience that pays off in the long run as each step that follows will be easier if care is taken were it is needed.
Stripping the deck of the Tuxedo.
You are invited to visit Jaremko Nissan in Spokane Valley Washington to view Heirloom Kayaks 16 foot sea kayak Pelican.
I was recently asked if I would like to show one of my kayaks on top of one of Jaremko Nissan’s 2012 Xterra trucks in their showroom. Of course I chose to accept the offer and my Pelican 16 ft sea kayak is now sitting atop an Xterra in the showroom looking ready for adventure.