The Pygmy Tern 14 Launches

Well, several months after finish the kayak we finally got it into the water two weekends agp. Such is life when you are busy with little kids!
We had a successful launch, although the cheap champagne that was poured was pretty skunky. If that’s the worst thing that happens with this boat we’ll be happy.
My wife took the kayak out for a little paddle, along with her new Holst GP. She was happy with the pair although it sounds like she’ll need some time to get used to the two. The Tern14 had a looser feel than what she was used to (stability, not tracking). I also gave the kayak a quick paddle. It seemed pretty quick and tracked well but I can’t compare it to anything really. I’ve only whitewater paddled until this weekend. I didn’t try to maneuver the boat too much as I wasn’t used to the Greenland paddle. I did manage to roll the kayak on my first attempt so I suppose that means it rolls pretty easy (I haven’t been in a kayak in about 5 or 6 years).
Beach shot #1
Beach shot #2
Here are some thoughts on the boat. First, it looks very nice and seems to have a lot of potential for paddling. It’s relatively comfy, the seat works good, and the secondary stability is rock solid. My two biggest gripes with the boat have to do with the coaming and the hatches. We found it difficult to yank off the spray skirt with one hand. Lifting the tip of the skirt up and out was not enough to release the skirt from the coaming lip, the skirt would still catch/hold at about 11:30 and 12:30. Flipping the skirt off with a second hand was easy, but then you’d have to let go of your paddle. This definitely needs some adjustments, I’m surprised that it was so difficult. Secondly, the hatch covers don’t seem to fit super great. They do not sit flush with the deck and after a few rolls and wet exits there was some water in the bulkheads. I think part of the problem is with the way the foam lies on the hatch lip. At the very tips the foam perhaps bunches up by a mm or so, and maybe this is enough to keep the whole hatch from being as tight as it could be. I left the hatches on the kayak for a long time, thinking that the foam may compress. However, I think a bit of work may be needed. Perhaps I will try to notch or cut away a bit of foam on the ends. Any input is welcome on either of these issues!

8 comments on “The Pygmy Tern 14 Launches

  1. The only comment I have is buy some better champagne next time. To say it was a bit “skunky” is kind of like saying Dhillon is a bit of a dork or Mark is a bit of a crotch, or Holmes is a bit of a fancy boy…did I miss anyone?

  2. Looks great! Where did you launch it?

  3. You did: Mullin is a bit of a vice-principal bastard guy.

  4. holmes, you want to know why mullinator wanted to be a high-paid vice-principal (at the tax payer’s expense)? Because he’s a tight wad. The guy was so cheap that he admitted that his favorite beer at the moment is Stella, but he didn’t want to bring Stella cans because they have 12ml less than the bottle. Luckily for mullinator, Barry and I brought some 1/2 decent beer for him to drink.

    The dumbest part of all is that he would have saved the 12ml if he didn’t spill so damn much beer all over himself.

  5. yeah, but getting mullin not to spill beer is like getting dhillon not to shag every bird in his office. it’s impossible.

  6. i forgot: mullin, the 12mL thing is pathetic. tits should do an intervention.

  7. let’s be clear about one thing…the purchasing of beer had nothing to do with cost. It was all about the consumption. I know I needed as much liquour in me as possible in order to spend two days with Dhillon.

  8. dude, you couldn’t drink enough beer to make two days with dhillon palatable. i found that sniffing glue helped.

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