The Matariki is our flagship waka and is designed to have the best compromise of balance, speed and manoeuvrability. It has a fine cutting bow, wide mid section, and stable hull. Users have commented that the shape of the hull means it catches small waves and runner with ease, while being surprisingly quick to turn. With a maximum seat width of 430mm it's ideal for people of all sizes and ability levels.
Build quality is of paramount importance for this waka. W6 are used in dynamic environments (lakes, rivers, harbour and ocean) and are often treated roughly by inexperienced paddlers. Early on we recognised that they needed to be made strong so we incorporated a range of new composite materials that increase strength without adding weight. This included removing all timber and replacing with more durable materials. The result is a waka that won't bend, twist, or break even when fully loaded.
Sprayskirt Package includes:
Optional extras include:
These canoes are custom built so the exact weight, colour, and layout will vary depending on your requirements. We are happy to customise things so please enquire. Prices may vary if you have something specific in mind.
555 millimetres (widest)
We work on a 3-4 week turnaround. In many cases we will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. we will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.
Shipping and Pickup
We are based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask for an estimate.
All fiberglass kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn't show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo's) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.
Our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and resin pockets may be visible. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. We prefer to have this coloured to prevent the sun from heating it up too much but if you wish I can also do the top with a clear coat.