The Southern Skua is designed for touring and ocean use where distances are to be covered in varying sea conditions. The Southern Skua has a low deck profile enabling it to perform extremely well in windy conditions, while its longer hull gives it greater speed and allows it to respond in a following sea to surf the waves. The Southern Skua gives maximum stability in the open sea. It’s beautiful rails allows the kayak to ride through waves and maintain a constant forward speed. Experienced users will appreciate this feature as it has the ability to 'rail' through turns and cut through the waves rather than climbing all the way up and over them.
Tim's Tip: in 2010/11 I paddled the entire coastline of New Zealand in a plastic sea kayak. While I loved the practicality of plastic, it just never had the same finesse as a composite kayak - it flexed, it got badly 'oil canned', and never looked that sharp. Now that I build these models I'm in love with the composites. I find the Southern Skua to be an absolute dream for adventure paddling as it's a yak that's designed for ocean use.
Fiberglass $4,999, Composite $5,499
Fiberglass 25 kg, Composite 22 kg
Will fit most individuals
370L (front 70L, rear 90L, day 70L, cockpit 140L)
760mm x 460mm
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.