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Splash

Particulars

Plans, Splash - 130 EUR Purchase

 

Splash is a shorter and wider version of Spray, an entry-level surfski for exercise, recreation, and unpretentious outings. As a rec recreation kayak, a short surfski has advantages: easy to use, no spraydeck to attach, and easy to remount after a voluntary or involuntary swim. For usage where a spraydeck normally is not used, Splash can be constructed without a built-in bailer, but otherwise, a surf ski-style bailer in the cockpit is recommended. It will, though, take longer to drain a swamped cockpit on a short surfski, due to lower top speed. Splash is 507 cm long, 55 cm wide, and has a load capacity of 130 kg. With Splash it is quick and easy to get out on the water – a minimal preparation and very few extras needed: the craft, a PFD, and a paddle. Stability that satisfies a beginner, but with the potential to handle big waves. Surfs far better than any sea kayak in comparable size.

Particulars

Splash lines

Length¹ 507/501 cm (overall/WL)
Beam 55/52 cm (overall/WL)
Draft 12 cm
Displacement/volume⁶ 130 kg/ litre
Intended use Rekreation och motion

* These dimensions can be adapted to suit personal needs or wishes.
** Depending on type of wood, equipment, care with epoxy usage, sanding etc. etc.
*** The speed numbers are based on mathematical standard formulas (175 lb paddler + 30 lb carco weight) and corrected from the kayaks actual performance om trials, on tours and in races.
⁴ Calculated resistance in 4 and 5 knots (at nominal load capacity).
⁵ Initial stability and secondary stability on a subjective scale, where 1 is very tippy and 5 is very stable.
⁶ Displacement is kayak + paddler + load. Count off the kayak weight to get the load capacity.

Plans, Splash - 130 EUR Purchase

Comments

Hi, Björn.

I am always looking for a lighter, faster fishing kayak for Puget Sound and lakes around Seattle, WA. Would you advise using the Splash as a fishing kayak? I am debating between building the Jack 14 SOT and the Splash. I have never paddled a surfski, but I am coming from an old Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro TW and a fiberglass prototype of the Swell scupper 14 built by Tim Niemier. (~65cm wide, ~450cm long). The Jack seems fairly close to what I already paddle, and I like the aesthetics of the Splash if it will be stable enough...

Thanks,

Shad

It is impossible to quantify stability in a relevant way. Even the stability curves and figures published here and there is just a play with numbers since there is no consensus on how to define and measure that elusive quality. A kayak that for one paddler would be a challenge might for another be boringly stable.

I would say that Splash is 'sea kayak stable' and I would personally hesitate to use it for fishing. Jack 14, on the other hand, has a stability curve that lends itself nicely to fishing, hunting, photography, outdoor painting, etc.

But I have paddling friends, that would consider Splash excellent for fishing – enough initial stability and the added bonus that comes with less width: easier and more predictable movements in waves ;-)

Thanks! It sounds like the Jack 14 will be the better choice for fishing. The Splash is pretty, though. Maybe I just need a paddling surfski, since I have two kayaks that work for fishing as it is. :-)

Yes, that may be so. But when your fishing needs are fulfilled, one way or another, and if you are still tempted by surfskis, you should probably take a bolder step than Splash and focus on Spray, which can deliver much more of the surfski experience (speed and surfing potential), while still just a small step up from a standard sea kayak.

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