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
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
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
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.
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.
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.