All new Tiderace kayaks at New York Kayak Co. are 20% off! This is an unprecedented opportunity to acquire state of the art sea kayak hull designs executed in the sturdiest, stiffest laminates we've ever seen, at bargain prices. The sale is limited to current inventory, while supplies last. Shipping in the lower 48 states is only $199.
Tiderace kayaks are designed and constructed to take on the sea at its harshest. From pounding out through heavy surf to crashing ashore on a remote coastline, our boats survive.
Tiderace hulls are reinforced throughout. Particular attention is paid to keel strength as this is the key factor in making the boats last many years. Repeated landings, especially on boulder strewn or rocky beaches can be damaging to a kayak, and Tiderace builds into their kayaks a high degree of survivability. Their kayaks are slightly heavier than boats from other manufacturers due to the extra reinforcing they specify. All gelcoat is sprayed; this guarantees a consistent coverage to a correct thickness, not too thick as it risks cracking. Strength comes from a laminate high in fibre mixed with the appropriate amount of resin. Tiderace employs different laminate materials across their construction range, including: glass, epoxy, Kevlar and carbon. Tiderace believes a kayak hull should not oil-can when sat under its own weight on a rocky shore, nor should it deform when held securely on a roof rack.
Give their kayaks “the squeeze and flex test”! Grab either bow or stern keel section just above the waterline, then squeeze and flex the boat. You’ll notice the difference compared with other manufacturers’, and feel the rigidity that Tiderace specifies in their construction. This unprecedented hull stiffness enhances the power transfer of your propulsive and manuvering strokes, providing you with more value for the energy you expend.
Tiderace also pays particular attention to the deck construction. Decks often receive localised stress over different areas. Our back deck easily supports the weight of the paddler, and is ready reinforced to take a towing system. A large pressure is exerted through the knees while paddling in rough water conditions, this area is made strong. The front deck is designed to take the weight during a rescue, and hatch recess areas are stiffened by shape and laminate to reduce flexing while fitting hatch covers.
Tiderace utilizes a "cookie tin" seam where the deck overlaps the hull about a half inch and is bonded with adhesive. This enhances rigidity and is stronger and more reliably water-tight than the traditional seam taped butt joint. Recess deck fittings are bolted in place and then glassed over on the inside. This gives a smooth interior finish and a high degree of reserve strength to the fittings. The kayak tips are made solid, and the bulkheads are glassed into place for ultimate security. Our seats extend the rigidity of the kayak’s structure by closely conforming to the hull shape, and making contact over two large base flanges padded with high density foam. Bolts join the seat tops to the cockpit rim and also secure the backrest.
Check out specific information on the Xcite and the Xplore or the smaller Xcite-S and Xplore-S.
|Wet laminate deck and hull. |
The most affordable of the Tiderace constructions, the Classic employs multiple layers of woven glass hand laid with epoxy resin and incorporates a core in the flatter hull and deck sections. Extra localised reinforcing is employed in high stress areas, including around the cockpit and at the ends. Composite glass bulkheads are bonded and laminated into place, ensuring a flexible yet secure fixing.
Wet Laminate deck, Vacuum hull.
The G-Core builds on the Classic by employing a biaxial glass cloth within the heart of the laminate, encapsulating the core material. Biaxial cloths have straight running fibres running in two diagonal directions – these dense straight fibres increase the fibre to resin ratio and increase the stiffness of the laminate.
Vacuum deck and hull.
The toughest and most durable of the Tiderace constructions. Multiple layers are employed giving a penetration resistant glass skin outside the core. Employing only glass on the outside of the laminate makes for easy repairs. Inside, a high tensile layer of carbon / kevlar resists deformation and absorbs heavy impacts – as with all constructions, this is covered with a fine glass cloth to resist foot abrasion inside the cockpit.
Vacuum deck and hull.
A light high-tech expedition layup, the Carbon-Pro employs an inner layer of pure carbon cloth. This cloth is the stiffest of all cloths employed in Tiderace construction and has a high visual appeal for the discerning paddler. Employing glass outer layers makes this laminate easy repairable.
Vacuum, full core deck and hull.
Exclusive to the Pace model, the G-Core Lite employs a full light-weight core throughout both hull and deck. Fewer glass layers can be used which reduces weight while stiffness is maintained by the core. This laminate is the least robust of the Tiderace range, but it stiffness and lightweight are ideally suited for racing or light fast touring.