Things are shaping up VERY nicely for the Jackson Kayak launch of boats beginning in mid-April. EJs main focus on the boats is to create the lightest, most performing, dry and comfy boats in the industry and from the looks of the first boats we are pulling out of the molds right now, we have excelled far beyond our initial expectations in every way.
First, I will mention the weight
According to the first boats coming out of the shop, the Fun1 (smallest boat in the Fun line) is coming at 18LBS YES 18!!!!!! This boat is going to do some amazing things for both kids trying to get into the sport and parents trying to get their family more involved with river sports. The fun 1 is designed specifically for kids, not an adult boat that has been miniaturized for smaller people. EJs son Dane, pulled a score at the Pre-Worlds that would have put in 18th in the senior mens category with this boat and remember that the Fun series isnt even our full on free style boat. Check out the video of it here from Bliss-Sticks coverage of the worlds, just click on this link and then look to the bottom left under videos
While watching, keep remembering that Dane is only 10!
The third size in the Fun series of kayaks is called simply The Fun and is designed for EJs size (150lbs and about 57). For the sake of comparing apples to apples in the weight category, The Fun will weigh in at 28lbs!!! Pretty amazing when compared to other 04 boats at 31-34lbs.
In the dryness category, some cool things to know are that we are not putting ANY bolts through the hull of the boat. A fully non-interrupted hull. The average whitewater kayak has roughly 10 bolts that go through the hull in one place or another. That is a big difference when it comes to keeping dry. A quote from EJ this morning goes like this
That is right, Dane paddle for two hours in 16,000 cfs breaking waves, surfing at Rock Island at high water today, doing lots of rolls and in 6 high breaking waves and got out with a boat that was about as wet as your deck with some dew on it. I think I will get him a new skirt because this one is two years old and is a size 30 waist (he is a 23) so I would be interesting to see if we put a piece of paper in his boat and he paddled if he could come out with the paper completely dry. Anyway- There has never been a drier boat. David and I picked a top view shape based on John Masons (owner of Mountain Surf) suggestion and made the cockpit shape accordingly to compliment the hull with no holes.
Now my personal favorite
Plain and simple
IT KICKS MAJOR BOOTAY. EJ has had some tricks up his sleeve that never made it to final production of his previous boats and he has pulled out all of them (I think) to make what will be the most advanced and comfy outfitting system in the industry today.
The short version is that we are using a very stiff (expensive) composite beam (as opposed to aluminum) under the seat. This allows us to not worry about building the seat pan as the main component for strength and focus on keeping it made of comfy/cozy foam. The foot brace system is Bean Bag in nature and man o man does it feel good on the toes! The bag is filled primarily with strong foam beads. Once you place your feet in the boat
give er a couple pumps of air, and there you are!!! Perfectly modified to your feet in just a second. The bag also acts as front floatation for those unexpected swims
For more detail, visit the website at www.jacksonkayak.com
Well, I just wanted to get some info out to you all as I can smell the sweetness of Spring around the corner and cant wait to hit some waves!!!
Just so you know where to find the line of kayaks come April
Here is an alphebetical list of our retailers in Colorado/Idaho
See you at the MB party tomorrow night!!!!
Durango: 4 Corners
Avon: Alpine Kayak
Steamboat: Backdoor Sports
Ark Valley/Silverthorne: CKS
Ark Valley: Headwaters/RMOC