Inside a Tiderace Xcite: images of construction, quality and finish

I stuck my head and camera right inside a Tiderace sea kayak and took a good look.  These images are of the inside of a new Tiderace Xcite G-Core. As a dealer specialising in Tiderace sea kayaks I unwrap a lot of Tiderace sea kayaks at Kayak Bute.

You might need a head torch to look at inside of your own boat, but I didn’t need one because a low evening sun was shining on the Isle of Bute and shone through the layers of laminate illuminating the insides beautifully.

The stern section and skeg

Skeg box inside a Tiderace Xcite G- Core

Skeg box inside a Tiderace Xcite G- Core

There are no awkward or rough finish edges to snag dry bags and the skeg box is very compact. This makes it easy to slide tent poles, ground sheet and other kit down each side of the box. And that skeg inside the box is very reliable and capable of micro adjustments.

Hatches and covers

Round hatch with cover off

Round hatch with cover off

Hatch cover and foredeck hatch

Hatch cover and foredeck hatch

Hatch covers ease on and off with minimal effort and they keep the water out!  Kayak Bute boats get a lot of use and our tip is to keep the rims clean and apply a silicone based spray regularly. It’s like sprinkling magic dust. You can re-fit a hatch cover with one hand – great for when you need into the day hatch behind the cockpit out on the water.

Inside the Tiderace cockpit and footpegs

Tiderace cockpit and SmartTrack footpegs

Tiderace cockpit and SmartTrack footpegs

The foot pegs are adjustable with one hand even when you are in the boat. And they are angled and formed to maximise comfort and that all important connectivity with your sea kayak. It’s all about making the cockpit design as efficient as possible when it comes to transfer of power from you through the kayak to the paddle blade.

There is one more striking aspect to this image and it is the visibility of the Tiderace Core Technology (TCT). You can see the precision with which re-enforcing is engineered into the floor area under and in front of the seat. The core technology gives the boat unmatched stiffness while keeping weight down.

Cockpit and seat of new Tiderace Xcite G- Core

Cockpit and seat of new Tiderace Xcite G- Core

In this next image we are looking from the front back into the cockpit and you can see the Tiderace trademark thigh braces and seating position. Again designed for a great connection between body and boat but not preventing core rotation for power and efficiency.

The image also shows the superb finish on the cockpit rim. It is smooth and rounded and the surface area of the rim designed and angled to maximise the interface with the spraydeck for the best watertight fit. The design also comes into its own for getting your deck on and off quickly with cold hands and in tricky launch and landing situations.

The back lighting from that evening sun through the bow shows off the sophistication of the laminate technology and attention to construction detail beautifully. An interplay of complex weaves to maximise strength and performance.

Inside a Tiderace Xcite G- Core

Inside a Tiderace Xcite G- Core

They show why we paddle Tiderace boats ourselves and use them exclusively with our clients from first time on the water to advanced skills development.

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5 thoughts on “Inside a Tiderace Xcite: images of construction, quality and finish

  1. I notice the core in the cockpit area shaped in a wavy fashion; do you know the reason for that? instead of being just cut in a straight line?

    • Hi – good question. I am not entirely sure myself. I would guess just by looking that it is to do with the position of the footpegs and where the paddler’s heels would rest. I am trying to get a more definitive answer for you.

      • Gnarly dog: The definitive answer to the question about why there is wavy lines is because the core material is resin impregnated which gives increased strength/stiffness but also adds to overall kayak weight.
        Straight edges to the core create “hard” points in the hull. By using our
        waveform pattern we are able to use less core material for given
        strength/stiffness over a wider area without increasing the overall weight
        of the kayak.
        I hope this answers your question. Thanks for asking on the blog.

  2. Hey here is one-of-yours doing good with the waves.
    Good at surf too!

    Keep doing good stuff
    Congratulations for your Blog

    Best wishes from the South

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