FAQ General Questions
Why should I favor Easy Rider paddlecraft over other brands?
When you buy directly from the Easy Rider
Factory, it should comfort you to know that you benefit from over
forty years of research & development, have access to all our
manufacturing resources, and are taken under our wings,
from your first contact to the delivery of your boat (and beyond).
Choose from a broad selection of boats:
Sea Kayaks; Take-A-Part Kayaks for the world traveler and for easy
storage; Multi-Use Craft for rowing, paddling, sailing; super-tough
Royalex ABS Canoes, or lightweight and small Specialty Craft.
Custom Outfitting. You can also order your boat to be custom outfitted,
and you may want to plan ahead and define your future interests
Modular Versatility & Many Options.
Imagine the possibilities!
Catamaran or outrigger options; spinnaker or high-performance airfoil
sail rigs; special safety systems; fishing rod holders; motor-mounts;
trampolines & rigid platforms are only some of the reasons why
we think its smart that you look at products from Easy Rider
first before you make any buying decision!
First-grade materials combined with
professional workmanship, thats what we put into every Easy
Rider leaving our factory. And you will be proud to own such a high-quality
craft, turning heads when you take her out for a spin.
Made in the U.S.
Additionally, you should be pleased to own
a U.S.-made boat, built by your Seattle-based manufacturer. And,
should you ever want some add-ons or need maintenance services,
you can be assured that we will take care of you and assist you
in any way possible. Check us out and compare -- we are confident
youll agree that Easy Rider products are worth talking about.
Why buy twice... buy the right boat the first time: Easy Rider.
buy from Easy Rider rather than a large discount store?
Large chain stores concentrate on sales volume rather than quality
and service. These discounters sell primarily low-grade rotomolded
polyethelene boats, with high profit margins.
Easy Rider made the choice a long time ago not to fall into the
mass-production trap. Our boats are high-quality craft designed
and built directly for you, the user, not intended to be profit
vehicles for mass merchandisers. Ours are boats to be proud of.
They give you real value for your investment and are built to last
Remember, when buying a boat, you should only buy the best -- your
life may depend on it!
What is your design philosophy?
It is the designers philosophy that people should grow with
their boats rather than grow out of them. Therefore, many options
like spinnaker or airfoil sails, outriggers, trampolines, and
rigid platforms can be used with most Easy Rider boats. Emphasis
is placed on stability, maneuverability, and dry running -- desirable
features for challenging Northwestern water conditions. The designers
personal experience is driving the evolution of Easy Riders
products. I wouldnt build it if I couldnt identify
with the boat is the message from the man who loves moving
around on the water in a variety of ways.
Will you help me buy the right craft?
Yes, we will try our very best to explore and understand your
needs and interests in order to make sure that you end up buying
the right boat the first time around. We want you to become a
happy customer who will tell us later about all the exciting trips
in a boat which performed exactly as Easy Rider had promised.
We know that satisfied customers are our best advertisers, referring
family members and friends to Easy Rider and... coming back for
seconds and thirds. In fact, we have a number of loyal
customers who own entire fleets of Easy Rider boats (and dreaming
A happy customer writes: ... easyriderkayaks.com is
a place I often find myself when surfing the Internet... The pictures
draw me there late on a winters night when Im dreaming
of some place warm and the kind of boat Im saving my money
for. easyriderkayaks.com keeps my hopes alive and my deposits
regular in my kayak savings account... By next spring, I should
have enough saved up to get another kayak, an outrigger for my
Eskimo 18-6, and maybe even a real sail... and another canoe...
Dave Zimmerman, Washington
So many choices and options... Are
your catalogs & video of great help?
Most definitely! You will be amazed at the wealth of information
that youll receive from our 116-page catalog package (four
color catalogs) and the 2 1/4-hour video buyers guide, The
Wonderful World of Easy Rider. Catalogs and video are closely
integrated. Look for the video flags throughout the catalogs noting
the related video scenes.
We suggest that you watch our video first. It brings the Easy
Rider factory and showroom into your home and is the closest thing
to test paddling and sailing our many models. Youll see
our innovative watercraft and outfitting options in color and
action... observe how boats can grow from pure paddlecraft to
outrigger, trimaran, or catamaran high-performance sailers...
enjoy extensive footage of spinnaker and airfoil sailing... witness
how easy it is to travel with our Take-A-Part kayaks by bus, sailboat,
or airplane... see how quickly our Multi-Use Craft switch between
paddling, rowing, and sailing modes... Youll whet your appetite
and gain instant insight into the many options available to you.
Now move on to the catalogs. They delight with glorious photography
and describe in detail our huge production program.
Once youve watched the video and studied our catalogs, it
will be quite easy for you to make educated buying decisions.
You may stillhave a few questions for us, so call us, and well
discuss them and guide you along.
I talk to a live person if I have questions?
Yes. During business hours, our phones are always answered by
real persons... you dont have to navigate through time-consuming,
complicated menus. And, if you wish, you may ask for Easy Riders
President/Designer, Peter Kaupat, directly for a personal consultation.
...Thanks for spending so much time with me; I learned
a lot. It was a pleasure to do business with you...
Ive had my Eskimo 17 in the water, and everythings
John Brooks, the Happy Shark
about a quotation?
If you are interested in a particular boat package, well
prepare a quotation for you to review. The various costs for boat(s),
options, custom outfitting, accessories, packaging & shipping
will be detailed -- no hidden expenses.
Can I test paddle (test sail, test
row) your boats?
Yes. This is a factory direct service by appointment. Many out-of-state
customers fly in and stay in one of the hotels right next to us.
See map for hotels and their phone
...I had a marvelous time during my short visit to Seattle.
It was a real treat to meet Peter Kaupat and have the opportunity
to sail with him... I went to the factory primarily to familiarize
myself with your Take-A-Part Kayaks and select one for a future
purchase and ended up flying back to South Florida with a new
Eskimo 17 Take-A-Part as my luggage. I had it on the water the
next day, and it was great to paddle and sail all over Biscayne
Bay. It was very gratifying to meet someone with such passion
and enthusiasm for the sport and his products... Thank you all
for a great experience.
Fernando Gaston, Florida
How can I be sure that my boat package will be shipped complete?
At our factory, complex outrigger or catamaran sailing systems
are fully assembled and then disassembled prior to packaging.
All items are double-checked and shipped with rigging instructions..
Can I trade in my old Easy Rider
and upgrade to a different model?
Yes. We also sell boats on consignment.
How long do your boats last?
All our boats are of the highest quality. They are built to last
a lifetime and to be passed on to the next generation. We regularly
refurbish or cosmetically overhaul Easy Rider boats built over
twenty or even thirty years ago! Even older boats have a high
resale value and are much sought after, because of their quality
Which materials do you use?
Our boats are offered in quality materials: Fiberglass, Kevlar®,
Graphite, Royalex® ABS.
For detailed information, go to our home page and click on materials.
do you rate your fiberglass construction?
The term custom would be more appropriate to describe
the high-quality construction of our regular fiberglass models.
These boats are handcrafted using the best grade of flatweave
fiberglass fabrics and resilient resins available. Selective use
of extra cloth layers and unidirectional fibers reinforce areas
prone to impact or subject to abrasion.
choose a Kevlar® construction?
For light weight and maximized performance. A lightweight boat
makes loading and unloading much easier. That means it will get
much more spur-of-the-moment use, for daily exercise and relaxation.
Once an enthusiastic paddler realizes that only the weight of
a boat keeps him from paddling more often, it will be an easy
decision to upgrade to a more expensive Kevlar® construction.
For increased performance, marathon or triathlon racers generally
insist on owning lightweight Kevlar® (or Graphite) racing
Why choose an All-Graphite construction?
When you want super-light weight and maximized performance. Serious
racers favor super-light All-Graphite constructions. These boats
accelerate faster during sprints and guarantee a quicker response
during maneuvers. Because of the stiffness of the graphite fiber,
we can custom produce featherlight kayaks and backpack canoes
weighing as little as 28 pounds.
Note: Graphite (or carbon) is a lightweight and super-strong
fiber, well-known to flyfishing enthusiasts through light, stiff
...People always come up to me to ask about this kayak
and to see if I am a senior power lifter! The graphite was the
right choice for me. At the age of 61, I am looking forward to
kayaking for the rest of my life...
dont you manufacture Polyethylene boats?
Caroline Garland, Washington
Why choose an Easy Rider canoe made
of Royalex® ABS?
Because it is super-tough and the best value for your recreational
dollar, period! Royalex ABS canoes are the leading choice for
family, whitewater, and expedition use. We use the strongest Royalex
sheet construction in the industry and spare no expense in the
outfitting, so you get the toughest, longest-lasting canoe.
For complete information, see Royalex®
Because it is Easy Riders commitment to manufacture top-quality
boats that will last a lifetime!
Its important to realize that lower-priced polyethylene kayaks
or canoes are expensive when you consider their many shortcomings...
Polyethylene is a soft material
able to withstand far less wear and tear.
Because it does not withstand
ultraviolet rays well, polyethylene breaks down over time and becomes
Polyethylene boats tend to
lose their shape in hot climates, especially when strapped down
on car racks.
Polyethylene boats are substantially
heavier than boats made of fiberglass, Kevlar®, Graphite, or
boats cannot be repaired or painted. Bonding agents like vinyl cement,
urethane adhesives, and epoxy resins do not adhere to polyethylene.
FAQ – Easy Rider News
New Models – New Options –
New Accessories – Easy Rider Outfitters – More...
TR... turning heads & winning races.
Picture shows Greg Grimm “going for it” in his lightweight
All-Graphite Harpoon TR.
The high-performance Harpoon TR, available
in All-Graphite or Kevlar/Graphite construction, shares the gene
pool of the other members of the Harpoon series.
NEW – Harpoon
R Expedition Rowing Shells
Show stopper at the Seattle Boat Show... Harpoon
is an all-weather rower, the only true heavy-water outrigger rowing
craft. With it, you can safely venture out and explore the same
areas accessible to sea kayaks (without having to constantly keep
an eye on the weather). Harpoon features generous bow & stern
to make the loading of bulky trip supplies easy. A new
cockpit design accommodates the new Oarmaster Rowing
Sliding Seat versions.
The high-volume (HV) expedition version can carry bulky camping
gear for extended trips.
The low-profile (LP) racing version, with minimum wind resistance,
is an excellent choice for saltwater rowing. It is an extra-stable
outrigger rower and appeals to owners of large cruising boats.
So, if you want a top-of-the-line rowing shell, a boat
which (holding true to its name) quickly and efficiently seeks
its target, do what some Boat Show visitors did – treat
yourself to the very best: Harpoon
Available in All-Graphite or Kevlar/Graphite construction, outfitted
with one or two outriggers, and with multi-use versatility (rowing,
– Beluga CRX
2G Deluxe... developed for Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks
developed this deluxe double-seater kayak to meet the needs of
Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks, a well-known Alaskan outfitter (they have
used Easy Rider kayaks since 1979). And we are pleased to report
that the model has become an instant favorite with their customers,
who love the longer Expedition Beluga for its easy packing and
great carrying capacity for extended trips.
Click Beluga CRX 2G for more information.
Photo courtesy of Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks
NEW – Glacier
Bay Cruiseline acquires three large cruise ships and a fleet of
75 Easy Rider kayaks
Bay Cruiseline arranged with Easy Rider to have the entire fleet
of Beluga S double kayaks cosmetically
overhauled and refurbished. Additionally, they added a batch of
Dolphin CRX 2G and Sea
Hawk CRX 2G single kayaks to be used by their guides. The
high carrying capacity of the Sea Hawk allows for transporting
supplies needed for occasional shoreline picnics. www.glacierbaycruiseline.com
NEW BOATS –
Added to Alaska Discovery’s
fleet of Easy Rider boats
Alaska Discovery began using Easy Rider kayaks over 25 years ago.
They have just added another batch of Sea Eagles to their fleet
of 60 Easy Rider
boats. They have found the Sea Eagle to be the best all-around
kayak for whale-watching trips and for guided camping expeditions
in Glacier Bay National Park. They need a boat that is stable,
yet fast, with a large cargo capacity and an easy-to-adjust, dependable
rudder assembly. www.akdiscovery.com
For storing or cartopping your beautiful Easy Rider (protect your
investment!). This is a two-part cover, with the separation behind
the cockpit coaming. The two halves overlap with velcro and a
draw strap. With the boat facing forward on a car rack, the cover
is secure at freeway speeds. Velcro openings allow for the lifting
handles to extend through the cover. The cover’s interior
surface is napped to trap fine grit and keep it away from the
boat’s finish. The cover is 55% poly., 45% cotton, water-repellent,
mildew-resistant, and breathable.
#8551 Protective Kayak Cover – $275 for
Covers for other boat models are available on a custom-order basis
Glass Bottom Viewing Window for Cub Scout
You asked for it, and it’s available now: a full-sized Glass
Bottom Viewing Window for our popular Cub
Scout sit-on-top. Add this Lexan window (bullet-proof and
scratch-resistant) to your Cub Scout and view the wonder world
below the surface while you paddle. Explore the sea life from
your boat (without donning a wetsuit).
Glass Bottom Viewing Window – $400
– Rudder Head
New injection-molded rudder head, with integrated rudder crossbar,
uphaul line guide, and rudder-blade stopper. New features: a recessed
ball-lock pin and molded-in round logo.
We suggest that owners of Easy Rider kayaks upgrade to this new
system by replacing their boats’ old (original) rudder heads.
#R8601B Rudder Head (with 1.5” ball-lock pin) –
– Motor Mount
for 58-inch Pole Spacing
This motor mount is available for Easy Rider’s 2G &
3G CR-kayaks (single & double). It can be used with motors
up to 2 HP. This motor mount incorporates a cargo platform, which
is designed to carry fishing gear, picnic coolers etc. and can
support up to 200 pounds. Made of high-quality wood.
#2208M Motor Mount for 58-inch Pole Spacing – $375
NOTE: Price includes all hardware for mounting.
NOTE: Motor Mount for 30-inch Pole Spacing under New
Easy Rider Products
– Mast Thwart
for Spinnaker Sail or Fishing Rod Holder
Quick snap-on thwart clamps to the gunwales of any open canoe
(no tools needed). The mast step does double duty: it accepts
a spinnaker mast as well as a fishing rod holder. Switching between
spinnaker sailing and fishing takes but seconds.
#1901B Mast Thwart (bow position) – $175
#1901C Mast Thwart (center position) – $175
– Clamp-on Leeboard
for Motoring or Spinnaker Sailing
Attach our large leeboard with Mast Thwart #1901C to your canoe,
and you have solved all your control problems when you go out
on a windy day (motoring, spinnaker sailing, or paddling). This
clamp-on leeboard will keep your boat on track, with very easy
#1901CL Clamp-on Leeboard Assembly – $500
Note: Above Leeboard Assembly includes Mast Thwart #1901C, large
Leeboard #2005, and all the hardware needed for
clamp-on to the gunwales of any open canoe.
FAQ Easy Rider History
did Easy Rider get started?
Peter Kaupat, Easy Riders President/Designer, grew up on the
banks of the Havel River in Germany. His parents, avid paddlers,
didnt think twice about paddling miles to visit friends for
an evening. Their three young sons were tucked into crevices of
the boat, and Peter was happiest with plenty of water around him.
Years later, Peter and his wife, Barbara, continued the family tradition.
They explored many waterways by paddlecraft, from the North Atlantic
to the Mediterranean Sea.
After settling in the Pacific Northwest, they were delighted to
find some of the best waters in the world -- lakes, saltwater, whitewater,
quality fishing grounds... a paddlers paradise!
They wanted a canoe more versatile than the one they had brought
from Europe. And so, an idea was born...
...Aided by his engineering background and vast paddling experience,
Peter created his first design, the TSL-I, for the wide range
of boating activities that he and Barbara pursued. I wouldnt
have built it if I couldnt have identified with the boat,
Peter emphasizes. The TSL-I was a success. Designed to be an easy
rider for Peter and Barbara, the name stuck. In 1970, the
Easy Rider company was founded...
...Many more designs followed the TSL-I: open canoes, sea kayaks,
rowing craft, and small featherweight specialty paddlecraft. Maneuverability,
stability, and dry running are desirable features for paddling
Northwestern waters. These design features are apparent throughout
our line of boats.
Its also Peters philosophy that people should grow
with their boats rather than grow out of them. Today, many options
like spinnaker or airfoil sails, outriggers, and trampolines can
be used with most Easy Rider boats.
Northwest Marine Trade Assocation called Peter Kaupat a
designer who cant stop innovating, a trait which to
this day has greatly influenced the development of Easy Riders
To offer top-of-the-line designs in high-quality
construction has always been a top priority with Peter. The first
boat ever built by Easy Rider serves that customers family
today as it did back then, and many other vintage Easy Riders
are still in use, much loved by their owners. Think of an Easy Rider
as an heirloom boat, to be handed over to the next generation.
Superior Rudder System
Why do you say Easy Riders Rudder
System is the best in the industry?
Outfitters and expedition paddlers praise it as the most reliable
on the market.
A foot rudder contributes considerably to safety in rough-sea conditions.
Easy Riders innovative rudder is self-centering, easy to adjust,
and field-proven. These are just some of the reasons why so many
people favor our kayaks over others with a foot-slider system...
Ease of adjustment.
The foot pedal is easily adjusted while
sitting in the cockpit. Commercial guides can adjust the foot control
for novice clients while out on the water. Standard adjustment range
is for persons with inseams from 24 to 38. We can customize
for paddlers having inseams smaller or greater.
Our unique control system provides rudder
control and comfortable foot support, all at the same time. Solid
heel support adds to the comfortwhile sitting in the cockpit.
There are no hinges or
sliding foot pegs that may become contaminated by sand, no squeaking
noises to bother you.
Ease of operation.
And more comfort... Gentle pressure against
the toe plates operates the rudder blade -- no need to constantly
move your entire foot while paddling.
Springiness of the high-density pressure-molded
fiberglass toe blades ensures that the rudder will self center
ending the need for continuous course corrections. The
Easy Rider rudder system is the most reliable and best designed
Ive seen on the market. The tension on the
control ropes is easy to adjust, even while sitting in the cockpit
at sea. The pull-pin feature allows fast removal of the rudder assembly
-- its great!
Jim Ratz, Director, NOLS Alaska
Why are Easy Riders soft-chine kayaks superior to other manufacturers
Have you ever seen a dolphin or seal with a hard chine? Of course
not. If you had, these creatures wouldnt be able to move as
fast and elegantly as they do. How about racing hulls, high-performance
cars, or the high-performance airplane Rutan designed for his record-making
non-stop flight around the world? The answer is the same. They all
have smoothly curving, streamlined shapes (for minimum drag) and
are superior to unnatural, energy-wasting hard-chine designs.
Hard-chine kayaks: Despite the above, theres hype
associated with hard-chine kayaks, although there is absolutely
nothing special, beautiful, or even benefitial about them. And,
most hard-chine kayaks have narrow footprints affecting the initial
stability of the craft (and making novice paddlers feel vulnerable).
Why then do some companies manufacture such boats? It is ease
of construction in the fabrication of tube-and-fabric folding
kayaks, also in the building of wooden kit boats (its convenient
to use a flat sheet of plywood). To improve on hard-chine designs,
builders increase the number of hull panels and call these boats
multi-chine designs. Other hard-chine-boat builders
may just be caught up in the hype, or they simply dont know
what one of our recent customers had to say...
At the last West Coast Symposium, I tried every hard-chine
kayak I could get my hands on. I found that when I leaned these
boats on edge, they felt very unstable and unpredictable making
me really nervous... So, here I am, buying myself an Easy Rider
Soft-chine kayaks by Easy Rider: The absolutely best hull
shape is a smooth soft-chine design. Easy Riders designer,
Peter Kaupat, a glider pilot in his native Germany, knew about
the importance of form and function a long time ago. He learned
that tube-and-fabric gliders (with edgy surfaces similar
to hard-chine kayaks) are slower than smoothly shaped performance
planes (made of fiberglass composites). Therefore, all Easy Rider
designs are soft-chine designs, with emphasis on the two Ps:
performance & predictability. In contrast to hard-chine
kayaks, our soft-chine boats offer performance and a superior
(and predictable) feel of initial and final stability (when leaning
What is a modular design concept?
All Easy Rider CR-Kayaks incorporate the innovative CR-System,
the basis for the Catamaran, Outrigger, and Re-entry feature:
they can be paddled like any other kayak, but, within minutes,
can be converted to extra-stable catamaran or outrigger craft,
for paddling and sailing.
Richard White, Washington, writes:
Peter Kaupat performs majic. He has emptied my wallet
and left me smiling! Without towing a trailer, I carry a whole
fleet of boats with me: two lightweight Eskimo kayaks and outriggers
on the roof of my Camry, and a 2HP four-cycle Honda outboard in
Depending on location and conditions, I can launch - and, on a
remote beach convert - between: a heavy-weather catamaran motor
sailer (that gets over 60 miles to the gallon!); two sporty outriggered
sailboats; or, two of the best sea kayaks on the market. Easy
Rider - you make a remarkable series of complementary products!
Note: Richard also owns an Eskimo 22-6 CRX 4-Piece Take-A-Part
double kayak outfitted with two outriggers and three airfoil sails.
He stores this rig in his Florida condominium and uses it when
he vacations there during the winter months.
Can different-sized CR-kayaks be
linked with your catamaran parts?
Yes. Special engineered deck grooves and clamping platforms allow
for the secure attachment of catamaran and outrigger poles. The
spacing of the deck grooves is the same on all single-seater CR-kayaks.
Any combination of two singles can be linked with our exclusive
Catamaran System. In a matter of minutes, the catamaran poles
attach, and two individual kayaks convert into one catamaran.
The structural integrity of this system has been proven on expeditions
are sail rigs attached to your kayaks?
Incorporated in our kayak designs are special deck moldings for
the attachment of airfoil and spinnaker sails, fishing rod holders,
and for special motor-mounts.
Are your kayaks stable and easy to
Yes. Our kayaks have excellent initial and final stability and
are famous for their cruising efficiency:
Like racing hulls, Easy
Rider kayaks have perfectly smooth hull curves. In contrast, hard-chine
designs are unnatural, waste energy and lack a smooth stability
We avoid energy-wasting
reverse-curvature bow and stern entry/exit lines.
Why are Easy Rider kayaks asymmetric?
There are several reasons why our kayaks are asymmetric, i.e.
why the widest point of the craft is aft of the center:
Like Olympic racing
craft, our kayaks require the least amount of muscle power to
reach optimum cruising speeds.
Our asymmetric kayaks
maintain a level attitude, with optimized performance at any cruising
Asymmetric kayaks provide
an optimum of stern cargo area, with a minimum of trim sensitivity.
Therefore, our double seaters are easy to paddle solo (from the
Is it important that a sea kayak
Yes. Our kayaks are designed to be maneuverable, a desirable feature
for kayak sailing and shoreline exploration and essential for
maintaining control in turbulent water and river paddling. In
essence, maneuverability is a safety feature designed into all
Easy Rider kayaks.
Which double kayak is most popular
for solo paddling?
Our medium-sized Beluga S. Single paddlers appreciate its handy
size and easy paddling from the stern cockpit, and they welcome
its ability to accommodate the occasional companion. Outfitters
and guides have hundreds of Belugas in use in Alaskas Glacier
Bay. In turbulent waters, or when the weather turns bad, the solo
paddler usually covers the bow cockpit with a cockpit cover (Super
Rain/Dust Cover #0703).
we use our double kayak for a long river trip?
Yes. Read on about a fantastic river trip in one of our larger
double kayaks, the Sea Eagle:
One of the most spectacular kayak trips we ever took
was down the Missouri River in Montana following the Lewis and
Clark Trail. The river is slow and gentle; the scenery spectacular
and historic. We camped in the same campgrounds as Lewis and Clark
and read their journals every night around the campfire. We had
two other families with us, including four kids. When the kids
complained about having to paddle, we read to them about the expedition
pulling the pirogue up the river in moccasins over prickly pear
cactus. We imagined the buffalo being run off the cliffs in the
Native American hunts; we compared the 200-year-old artist sketches
of cliffs with the canyons we were paddling. Every bend of the
river brought a new adventure, and our Sea Eagle performed like
a champ. It is not as susceptible to wind and currents as a canoe,
and we were able to eat like kings with all the storage space.
This is a trip we and our Sea Eagle will take again.
Karen Vedder, Washington
Is a double-seater kayak an alternative
to a canoe?
I take my dog along on a kayak trip?
Yes. Double seaters are excellent for all-around family use and
a perfect alternative for tandem travel. The cockpits of all our
kayaks are generous in size and can be shared with small children
or a small dog.
At Easy Rider, we love dogs. If at all possible, you should take
your pooch along. If hes small, you can place him in the cockpit
with you (our kayaks have large cockpits). But what about a big
dog? Years ago, we once custom installed an extra-large stern hatch
in one of our kayaks, for a customers German shepherd. But
now, with the availability of an Easy Rider Outrigger System and
our very sturdy Rigid Platform #2208 in between the outrigger poles,
your big dog can go kayaking
with you (in comfort
FAQ Take-A-Part Kayaks
are your rigid Take-A-Part kayaks superior to folding kayaks?
Strength & Durability. All Eskimo Take-A-Part kayaks
are built in expedition-grade Kevlar/Graphite construction. They
are able to withstand blows which would destroy the frames of folding
kayaks. The tough hardshell surface can take the wear and tear of
razor-sharp corals, oyster shells, or barnacles, which would cut
and tear the skin of a folding kayak. All materials used in these
boats are corrosion-resistant and unaffected by ultraviolet rays
Because our Take-A-Part kayaks have double bulkheads where the sections
join, they are even stronger than one-piece boats.
The hull easily withstood the rigors of some hard beach
landings on the barnacle- and mussel-encrusted rocks of Glacier
Bay... I had to even drag the loaded boat short distances on the
rocks to either put in or take out -- something I could not have
done with a skin-type boat...
Al Palmer, Washington
Extra Safety. Each boat section provides a large amount
of positive buoyancy, for extra safety and dry equipment storage.
Large waterproof hatches allow for easy loading and unloading
Cargo Capacity. No cargo space is lost due to the bulky
frames and stringers of folding kayaks. Therefore, more gear can
be carried. All the gear needed for a trip can be stowed into
the watertight boat sections before the paddler leaves home. At
the launching site, simply bolt the sections together, and you
will be on your way in minutes.
Ease of Assembly. Owners of our Take-A-Part kayaks are
delighted by the speed and ease of assembly -- a procedure requiring
only ten to fifteen minutes (to assemble a folding kayak takes
much, much longer).
The individual sections are securely connected at their bulkheads
by means of stainless-steel bolts, washers, lock washers, and
wing nuts. Replaceable neoprene O-ring seals in-between the bulkheads
give excellent waterproofing.
Performance & Versatility. Like their one-piece counterparts,
our Eskimo Take-A-Part kayaks are famous for their all-around
performance and cruising efficiency.
These models also incorporate the innovative CR-feature, giving
access to our wide range of outrigger, catamaran, and sailing
Outfitting. The Eskimo Take-A-Part kayaks feature expedition
outfitting such as: rigid, watertight bulkheads; large cargo hatches;
paddle-park cleats; paddle-float rescue tie-downs; anti-theft
security eye-straps; seacruising compasses; deck sandwich reinforcements...
features you cannot expect from a folding kayak.
the boat sections fit in a station wagon or motor home?
Yes. They also fit on board of sailboats or inside small airplanes.
And, if outside storage presents a theft problem, the sections
can be easily stored inside a basement, even inside a motel room.
FAQ answered by Easy Rider customer
Dave and his wife, Martha, own two
Eskimo 17 CRX Take-A-Part kayaks.
...a message from Dave LeRoux
Martha and I have been paddling for about 25 years. We started
paddling in Washingtons San Juans and on Vancouver Island.
Now we do our major paddling trips in Alaska or Baja. We have
paddled in all kinds of weather, have never capsized, and prefer
to paddle on the flat calm water we find so often in S.E. Alaska.
have been an Easy Rider customer and advocate since the early
80s when we returned from a kayak trip in S. Alaska. We
had rented two Easy Rider kayaks from a company in Juneau and
spent two weeks on Admiralty Island. It was our first experience
with kayaks and enough to get us hooked. Shortly after our return
we purchased an Easy Rider Sea Hawk and Eskimo 17. In 1993 we
upgraded to two Eskimo 17 CRX Take-A-Part kayaks and have since
flown them to S.E. Alaska and Baja several times. I think Easy
Rider makes the best, most versatile kayaks on the market. Because
of their Take-A-Part design, Martha and I have had some incredible
kayaking trips, and we are planning on more!
The following questions are those I frequently find myself
answering when friends, or people we meet paddling, discover we
have Easy Rider Take-A-Part kayaks.
How often do you join the boats
together when you are on a trip?
Often. Sometimes they are hooked together for days. It is fun
paddling with the boats together, and it is much more fun to fish
from the boats when they are hooked up, because they are very
stable. You can also snorkel off the boats, because you can easily
get back in them. We find that the catamaran setup is better for
watching whales and birds, or for making long crossings, because
you can move, stretch your legs and even stand up.
If you pull a muscle or hurt a shoulder, a catamaran set-up allows
you to paddle on the side that favors the injury. Also, you can
paddle sitting down in the seat or sitting on the deck in back
of the seat (calm water, of course).
Easy Rider has a trampoline that is fastened between the two boats
and can carry a lot of extra gear. We often use it for fishing
gear and our water bag, when we need to haul extra water. It is
a handy place to put things you might need during a long paddle.
We have even used it to carry firewood.
I never would have guessed wed hook the boats together as
often as we do.
long does it take to assemble the two boats?
It takes me about 30-45 minutes. It can be done faster, though.
And how long to hook the boats
About 10 minutes if they are both on flat ground, more if you
are standing in the water trying to do it while they are floating
(sometimes the only option).
How do you pack the boats for
The last time I checked the weight limit for baggage on airlines,
it was 70 lbs. When we load the three sections of each boat with
our tent, life jackets, paddles, sleeping bags (all the big, bulky,
not-so-heavy stuff), each section weighs in at around 35 lbs.
We usually stuff our carry-on luggage with heavy stuff like books
Is it a hassle taking the boats
on an airplane?
No. It is a bit of extra work, but well worth the effort. We live
on the Olympic Peninsula and have always taken a commuter flight
to SeaTac to catch a plane elsewhere. Even the commuter flights
have plenty of room for six kayak pieces. The only hassle we have
had was when a ticket agent didnt know how much to charge
us. The rule is two of the pieces go free like luggage, and they
charge around $50 for the third. We always have a copy of the
airlines luggage charges with us. You can get the information
from the airlines website. Customs officials did ask us
to take one kayak piece out of the bag, but I think they were
just interested in seeing the kayak.
All six pieces will easily fit in a small van or a large station
How about transporting your kayak
pieces around the airport?
One time we had to go through customs in L.A. and then take
our kayaks to another terminal. All six pieces fit on two luggage
the airlines damaged your kayaks?
On any given day, the airlines can damage anything, no matter
how well packed. Once when we were assembling our boats in a ferry
line in Petersburg, Alaska, Martha discovered the airlines had
put a hole about the size of a quarter in her boat at the waterline.
Fortunately fiberglass boats are easily repaired. I always carry
a fiberglass repair kit on trips, and by the time the ferry arrived,
the boat was repaired. I havent had to touch the patch since.
I think part of the problem with the damage was that we dont
have the official Easy Rider kayak bags. I was trying to save
some money when I bought the boats and had a sail loft make bags
out of a heavy canvas material. It was not a good idea, and I
dont suggest it. I didnt save that much, and they
dont give the boats the protection Easy Riders thick
bags do. Spend the extra money and get Easy Riders bags
-- they are worth it.
Note: Dave owns original
fiberglass versions... Our Eskimo Take-A-Part kayaks are now built
in an extra-strong expedition-grade Kevlar/Graphite construction.
Have the boats ever leaked where
the bolts hold the sections together?
How do the boats sail as a catamaran?
We have two spinnakers. They work well, and with a breeze at your
back, a 15-mile day is much easier. The spinnaker holder will
also hold a fishing rod holder, which makes for hands-free trolling.
Why not rent a kayak at your destination?
Rental kayaks have not always been available where we have paddled.
Some of our trips have been one-way trips, which would be hard
to do with a rental. And, besides, a rental kayak doesnt
fit like your own boat. Everything is different -- the seat, the
paddling, and the way they load.
do you paddle the boats as a catamaran?
What do you do
with the kayak bags while you are paddling?
When we are paddling locally, we use bent-shaft canoe paddles.
On long trips, we slide a plumbing T on one half of
the kayak paddle. The T should be attached to the
paddle with a lanyard, because it will sink should it ever fall
off the end of the paddle.
We leave them at a hotel and on the one-way trip mailed them to
ourselves in the destination town in care of general delivery.
They were waiting at the post office when we arrived.
FAQ – Multi-Use Craft (Rowing,
What’s special about Easy Rider's rowing craft?
• Multi-Use Versatility.
Row, paddle, or sail – conversion between modes is quick and
• Easy Launching.
In contrast to nimble racing shells requiring a launching platform
close to the water's surface, our boats can be launched just about
Hands-off stability allows the rower to let go of the oars, stretch,
relax, put on a jacket...
recreational shells are dry running and suitable for off-shore rowing
in choppy water.
outriggers greatly enhance the open-water safety. They let the novice
rower progress faster and allow persons of any age and ability to
enjoy the sport of rowing.
Why choose one of your rowing craft
over the typical racing shell?
Because of stability and seaworthiness. In contrast to our recreational
rowing craft, university-type rowing shells are very nimble and
not really seaworthy. Most Easy Rider customers are interested
in rowing for fitness and relaxation. They want a stable boat
which does not require constant attention (to stay upright). Our
customers can concentrate on the beauty of their surroundings,
can relax the body, calm the mind, and relieve everyday tensions.
They can take their hands off the oars, snap a photo, or take
a bite to eat (impossible with a nimble shell). Besides, our rowing
craft are suitable for off-shore rowing in choppy waters, where
university-type racing shells can’t go (so you get much
more time on the water).
I add an outrigger for inter-island rowing?
Yes. For off-shore inter-island rowing, an outrigger provides
immeasurable security when the going gets tough. With it, a capsize
is very unlikely. But it’s comforting to know that (should
anything ever happen) self-rescue and re-entry are much easier
if you have an outrigger attached to your craft. Think of an outrigger
as a low-cost insurance policy!
Does an outrigger cause a lot of
No. It simply skims the surface, you won’t notice any difference
Do many people buy your multi-use
craft for rowing?
I’m tall and heavy. Is your Cormorant
single-seater a good choice for me?
Yes. People love the multi-use aspect. They appreciate the versatility
and usually put a lot of miles on these boats (rowing, paddling,
and sailing). Lately we’ve noticed that quite a few of our
rowing craft are sold to women rowers (more than ever before),
and some add outriggers to their boats (for reasons outlined above
or for their husbands’ peace of mind...).
Yes. Our Cormorant
you with a lot of comfort and carrying capacity. For the tall person
(with a high center of gravity) an outrigger is the perfect solution.
It transforms the Cormorant into a virtually untippable platform
(without affecting the boat’s speed and sporty feel).
Can your Tatoosh double-seater be rowed
with an outrigger?
Since the Tatoosh
is a very stable
two-person boat (when used as a kayak), we feel that an outrigger
is not really necessary. However, many of our Tatoosh customers
add one, because they value all the benefits gained. If you would
like to row the Tatoosh with an outrigger, consider two small outriggers
(a stern-mounted double outrigger system).
Can your Tatoosh double be rowed
with two persons?
The cockpit of this boat accepts only one Oarmaster Rowing Sliding
Seat, but the opening is large enough to take a passenger along.
should I choose your Harpoon R Expedition Rower?
If you want to own the most seaworthy rower we have to offer (and
if cost is not an issue), you should have a serious look at this
Statement(Peter Kaupat): "I designed this elegant
boat for rowing enthusiasts who appreciate the speed and efficiency
of a competition-caliber hull... I wanted to accommodate rowers
needing seaworthiness, stability, and cargo capacity for long-distance
trips. And I wanted generous bow and stern cargo hatches to make
the loading of bulky trip supplies easy... Wherever a sea kayak
can venture, Harpoon R can follow...
It has plenty of load capacity for long trips and generous bow
and stern cargo hatches for loading bulky gear.
well do Cormorant, Tatoosh, or Harpoon R perform when outfitted
These boats are excellent sailers. They have the same performance
characteristics as their sea kayak counterparts. Cormorant and
Sea Hawk have the same gene pool, Tatoosh and Beluga S are from
the same family, and Harpoon R has the same hull design as the
Harpoon HV. Have a look at all these models, and you will appreciate
the potential of our Multi-use designs.
How long does it take to convert
from rowing to paddling or sailing?
Conversion between the different modes takes only minutes and
is very easy. A phillips screw driver is the only tool needed
for loosening or tightening the outrigger clamps.
Is my money well spent on one of
your Multi-Use Craft?
should I choose your Heron R for recreational rowing?
Definitely. These are not ordinary boats, but SYSTEM boats! Wherelse
can you find boats that do everything? Choose between rowing,
paddling, or sailing... design, quality, features, and durability
will exceed your expectations!
When you want a stable multi-use boat that can be rowed with one
or two Oarmasters (it’s popular as a double rower). When you
are intrigued by its featherweight Kevlar/Graphite construction
(only 40 lbs.) that anybody can tote around. And when you’d
own a recreational rower which doubles
as a light tripping canoe, for overnight trips or weekend adventures.
Our Heron R
fills the bill, and many proud
owners have nothing but praise for this boat.
FAQ Canoes (Royalex ABS &
does it mean when you say Canoes with a Choice...?
Wide Range of Options...
Outfit your canoe with center
seat, oar locks, and 6-foot oars -- it becomes a fast rowboat.
Row it with our removable sliding
seat -- now you have an all-weather fitness craft.
Equip it with a spinnaker --
even light puffs of wind will send the boat skimming while you relax.
Rig it with a high-performance
airfoil sail -- it can reach speeds rivaling regular sailboats.
Mount it with a motor -- it
skims efficiently over large tracks of water.
Attach an outrigger -- give
yourself or your family added safety.
Other reasons why I should buy an
Easy Rider canoe?
Expedition-grade Royalex ABS
construction (Ouzel & Raven models) features extra layers
along the spine and ribs for rigidity; and double skins in bow
aluminum gunwales (not plastic or wood). Outer lips of gunwales
are very small - wont pinch fingers.
Extra-strong aluminum end
caps (black powder coated) with built-in carrying handles; maintenance-free
web seats; ash shoulder yoke.
Shallow-V designs -- for increased
hull stiffness and tracking.
are your best canoes for fishing?
Our Ouzel 15-8, Ouzel 17, and TSL-I share the same gene pool.
They are all extra stable, maneuverable, and dry running in rough
waters... desirable features for lake, stream, and saltwater fishing.
Which canoe is best for the solo
Our Ouzel 15-8 is highly popular with the solo fisherman looking
for a stable, high-capacity (1075 lbs.), and lightweight canoe
(only 66 lbs.). Its easy to handle by a single person and
has the capacity to take a fishing buddy along.
Which is your best all-around canoe
for two big paddlers?
Look at our Ouzel 17. It is very stable, weighs only 74 lbs.,
carries 1200 pounds of load, and has a very shallow draft.
you have a canoe for two adults, two children, and camping gear?
Ouzel 17. For all-around family use, including whitewater.
Two children (even teenagers) can sit (and paddle) side-by-side
on an optional center seat.
Raven 18-6. A high-capacity performance cruiser with the
same 1200-pound capacity as our Ouzel 17. Raven-18-6 is available
as a two-, three-, or four-seater canoe.
TSL-I. An expedition-grade, extra-stable, decked touring
canoe, with an extra-large center cockpit for children.
Which canoe do you suggest for long-distance
Our Raven 17 & Raven 18-6 performance canoes both feature
enhanced directional stability for long cruises (important in
Do you offer a lightweight tripping
Do you have a seagoing decked touring
Yes. Our Heron 17 weighs just a shade over 40 pounds in Kevlar/Graphite
construction. It is easily portaged by a solo paddler and has
plenty of capacity for a medium-built couple with two small children
(plus weekend camping gear). This is also an excellent choice
for the solo adventurer with lots of gear.
Yes. Our TSl-I is in a class of its own. Designed by Easy Riders
Peter Kaupat for his personal adventure trips, this boat has braved
the Inside Passage many times. Its also a formidable whitewater
performer and an excellent sailer -- an exceptional all-around canoe
for family use or full-blown expeditions.
Where do you sit when paddling solo?
We prefer to sit on the bow seat facing the stern.This position
provides the best boat trim. Our canoes are symmetrical designs.
Therefore, they give you the same performance when paddled in
I paddle a canoe with a double-bladed kayak paddle?
Yes. We suggest you own canoe paddles (your primary paddles) plus
one or two 9-foot kayak paddles. Its nice to switch from
one to the other (you use different muscles). A kayak paddle is
fun to use on a leisurely cruise (especially when only one person
propels the boat), and the canoe is easily kept on course on a
windy day (no need for constant course corrections with a J-stroke).
Add Folding Cane Seat #2614, place it in the bottom of your canoe
(in front of the stern seat), and you will enjoy extra stability
Why are your canoe seats closer together
than Ive seen on other boats?
Less trim sensitivity if the
paddlers weights differ substantially.
Much drier running in choppy
More leg room for the bow
Note: For paddling efficiency (knuckle clearance), we suggest
that you slide a little to your side (the side that
youre paddling on).
Do you have a square-end canoe?
No, and these are the reasons why our canoes are double-enders:
A square-end canoe is harder
to paddle backwards.
When motoring for a longer
period of time, it gets tiresome to have to reach behind your
back to operate the motor. We prefer a side-mounted motor, which
is much more practical.
How big a motor can I put on a canoe?
We suggest a maximum of 2 HP.
Note: For motoring a canoe, consider using our 4.5-foot
Outriggers on the motor-side.
Click to see picture
you offer sail rigs for your canoes?
Do you recommend outriggers for canoe
Yes. All Easy Rider canoes make great sailers and can be ordered
with airfoil and outrigger options.
Our canoes have plenty of stability for airfoil sailing without
outriggers. However, our quick-disconnect outriggers are a very
ption, because they offer enhanced safety
and expanded sailing range.
Is it really worth it to spend money on one of these small boats?
Definitely. Our specialty paddlecraft may be small, but that doesnt
limit their uses. In fact, smallness is their biggest asset. They
store easily on deck of a cruising yacht or in the bed of a pickup
truck. Choose from three models:
It is 13 long and 32 wide -- weight
is a mere 34 lbs. in Kevlar, 45 lbs. in Fiberglass.
12.5 long and 35 wide -- a featherweight
29 lbs. in Kevlar.
12.5 long and 35 wide -- weight is
46 lbs. in Kevlar, 56 lbs. in Fiberglass.
A recent customer from Rhode Island said it best when
he explained why he decided to purchase a Cub Scout outfitted
for airfoil sailing...
...Ive owned several boats up to 150 ft. in length,
but I remember well that the smallest boat I once owned gave me
the most pleasure...
Are your Scout 13, Sweetheart, or
Cub Scout stable, dry running craft for family use?
All three boats are quite beamy and full-cut and, therefore, very
stable and dry running in choppy waters.
Why do you recommend paddling these
In the hands of experienced canoeists, these playful, maneuverable
critters will dance to any tune a canoe paddle can play. By paddling
kayak-style, novices will also be able to handle these boats,
impressing onlookers and looking like accomplished paddlers.
do you provide a folding cane seat rather than a canoe bench seat?
Because the high backrest of the folding cane seat means a lot
of comfort for the paddler. And because your craft will feel extra-stable
in a low sitting position (for kayak-style paddling).
When fishing, can these boats be
rowed like a dinghy?
Yes. Oar locks and dinghy oars are a very popular option for our
Scout 13, Sweetheart, and Cub Scout.
Can these boats also be rowed with
a sliding seat for exercise?
Yes. The Sweetheart at merely 29 lbs. is especially popular with
women rowers. This boats sporty performance (and ease of
transportation) impresses even expert rowers.
How well does the Cub Scout row?
Cub Scout and Sweetheart row equally well, because they share
the same hull design (Cub Scout is identical to the Sweetheart,
but with a sit-on-top deck design).
How about rowing the Scout 13?
The Scout 13 is very popular because of its lower price. Most
owners of this model choose our Fixed-Seat Rowing Package (with
6 dinghy oars) over the more expensive Sliding-Seat Rowing
Package (with 99 racing oars).
Spinnaker Sails be used with these small boats?
Yes, with all three of them:
Scout 13 & Cub Scout. The removable mast base attaches
to the deck with four screws and wing nuts.
Sweetheart. Our new Mast Thwarts #1901B & 1901C quick-clamp
to the rails of the Sweetheart.
A note to the fisherman...
I attach an Airfoil Sail to your small specialty boats?
The mast base does double duty: it also accepts Fishing Rod Holder
Yes, this can be done. However, at Easy Rider it is our policy to
also give you the best advice so you get the most out of our products.
If you want to put an airfoil sail on one of our small specialty
boats, have a close look at our Cub Scout.
Cub Scout & airfoil sailing.
Easy Riders designer
put a lot of thought into this small craft... Because it is unsinkable
and self-draining when uprighted, this is your best choice for playing
in wind and waves (for paddling and sailing). And when rigged with
an airfoil sail, Cub Scout becomes a very sporty sailer.
We need a small, trustworthy & maintenance-free
boat for resort use. Any suggestions?
World-class resorts such as the one
on Turtle Island (Blue Lagoon, Fiji) have discovered that our Cub
Scout is their guests very favorite... and heres why:
It is extremely stable and fun to horse around with -- the
boats unsinkable & floats like a bubble, even upside down.
It is a great platform for off-shore
sunbathing or picnicking, swimming, snorkeling.
It can be easily re-entered
It makes an excellent dinghy
for sailboats, power boats, even floatplanes.
It is absolutely maintenance-free
(there are no moving parts on this boat).
Its distinct stern keel line
makes it track well.
paddles easily with one person or two.
A full-sized glass bottom window
lets you observe the magical world under water.
would anyone want to catamaran their sea kayaks?
For a number of reasons. Major considerations are companionship
and extra seaworthiness & safety.
Companionship. By linking two Easy Rider CR-kayaks together,
you have the best possible combination. The catamaran makes for
a most social double seater, with side-by-side paddling, and it
disassembles in minutes to give kayakers back the freedom and
flexibility of paddling singles.
Extra seaworthiness & safety. We personally have done
many open-water crossings in stormy conditions, which would have
been rather dicey for non-expert single paddlers.
On a longer trip, where do you put
the 7-foot catamaran poles when the boats are not linked?
As an option, our catamaran poles are available in a take-a-part
version. The pole halves store easily in the kayak stern compartment.
Can your catamaran rig be sailed
with only one airfoil sail?
Yes. One 32 sq. ft. Airfoil Sail on one of the boats will drive
the catamaraned kayaks quite efficiently through the water. In
this case, the second kayak functions like a big outrigger. When
a companion rides along in the second boat, he/she can relax or
fish, or simply enjoy the ride.
much faster is the catamaran rig when outfitted with two airfoil
About 40 to 50 percent.
Can your catamaran rigs be used for
Yes, and they have advantages over conventional craft normally
used for this activity:
Modular and lightweight, they
are easy to carry and transport on car roofs.
They can be paddled, sailed,
They provide a perfect working
platform close to the waters surface -- retrieval of heavy
diving gear is very easy.
Can a third person ride along?
Yes. Our quick-disconnect Rigid Platform #2208 carries any persons
Can your catamaran rig be towed behind
a power- or sailboat?
Yes. It makes a perfect companion to any larger cruising boat.
With the kayaks rudders in the water (our rudder system
is self-centering & spring-loaded), the catamaran rig tows
in a straight line, with no side swaying. Optional soft (or rigid)
cockpit covers keep the kayaks dusty dry.
Is a motor-mount available for your
Yes. We offer a special motor platform (item #2207) for our Catamaran/Outrigger
Systems. It can be used with motors up to 2HP.
you catamaran two different-sized single kayaks?
Yes, as long as they are Easy Rider CR-kayaks.
Can you catamaran two double-seater
Can you catamaran a single-seater with
a double-seater kayak?
Yes, as long as they have deck moldings for a triple-pole catamaran
connection. You can catamaran two of our Eskimo double kayaks
(two Eskimo 20 CRX 3G, or two Eskimo 22-6 CRX 3G).
No problem. Some parents like such a system. It allows them to have
their youngster on a leash -- in a single kayak (such
Dolphin CRX 2G) connected to their double
(such as the Beluga CRX 2G). Click for picture.
FAQ Outrigger Systems
Im wondering if I should get an outrigger for my kayak. Should
Yes, and youll be glad you did. Just think of all the benefits...
Immeasurable security on long crossings
or when squalls surprise you out in open water...
For fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba
Add our trampoline or rigid platform to one of
our outriggers and take your kids or dog out for a ride.
Attach an outrigger & airfoil sail to your kayak,
and you have a stable and sporty high-performance sailer.
More time on the water.
Maria Eshe of Washington writes:
...Since my husband, Fasteddie, brought this sea-going
thing home, I cant keep him home. Yesterday, a big wave hit
him from behind, but with his outrigger, he stayed upright, steady
as she goes...
What size outrigger should I choose
for my kayak?
offer four different outriggers:
4.5-foot Outrigger. Available factory installed or for
easy self-installation on any brand paddlecraft. This is your
ever-ready safety system, just the right size for any wind condition
when out spinnaker sailing. A perfect size for the minimalist
kayak traveler. Item #2027. Click for picture
8-foot HHV Outrigger. A great stabilizer for fishing, crabbing,
and photography, this outrigger provides plenty of stability for
sailing our single or double kayaks with one large 32 sq. ft.
Airfoil Sail. Item #2030.
10-foot HV Outrigger. Provides the stability needed for
sailing with two airfoil sails. Choose this outrigger also when
you want to attach our rigid platform so your kids or dog can
go for a ride with you. Item #2032.
12.5-foot HV Outrigger. The perfect choice if an adult
wants to ride along on our rigid platform (perhaps to give a sailing
lesson to a family member or friend). Also, if you would like
to convert an Easy Rider CR-single or double into a stable dive
platform, our largest 12.5-foot Outrigger is the size you should
choose. Item #2033.
your outriggers create a lot of drag?
No. All our outriggers have very slim waterlines. Even our largest
(12.5-foot) outrigger moves easily through the water -- frequently
the outrigger of choice for all-around family use.
Can your outriggers be attached to
other brand kayaks?
Only the 4.5-foot Outrigger is sold as an add-on for any brand
boat. Our three larger outriggers are only sold as options for
Easy Rider CR-kayaks.
Why dont you sell your larger
(8, 10, 12.5) outriggers for my (brand x) boat?
Can I take my (brand x) boat to your
factory to have one of your outriggers custom installed?
Because these outriggers require Easy Riders double-pole
attachment system. Only Easy Rider CR-kayaks feature special deck
moldings to allow a secure and structurally sound outrigger connection.
Yes, this can be done. However, a custom installation is always
rather costly. You may consider trading in your present kayak and
upgrading to one of our CR-kayaks -- thats what most people
in your situation do.