The Legend of The Whisky...

The story of the Point 65N Kayaks "Whisky 16" is a long one....

Here's the back story...I'll try to keep this as short as possible...

I have long been a fan of Nigel Foster's designs....I was first introduced to the "Legend" built by Seaward Kayaks in British Columbia and the "Rumour" produced by Current Designs in Minnesota....
I was fortunate enough to own a custom-built Legend for a couple of years....this kayak was EVERYTHING it was promoted as being and MORE...but for me, I felt the Legend was more kayak than I really needed for my daily use...a little about me here...
I am a kayak instructor and guide, and I own and operate a kayak shop that includes retail sales, guided tours, kayak lessons and rentals....in essence an "all-in-one", "one-stop" kayak shop! Our typical lessons and tours are less than a day, close to shore, not particularly demanding and beginner-friendly.

I have ALWAYS been attracted to kayak designs that excite something deep in my soul.
Over the years, I have found a small handful of kayak models that truly attract me....
Some of those models, like the Current Designs "Andromeda" have since been discontinued, and I've been fortunate over the years to own some "rare" custom design boats like the Boreal Design "Baffin" C2 in solid carbon fibre!

But, always there seemed to be something missing....

What I really wanted was a kayak that was nimble, agile and played well....that wasn't too big (for years I bought into the idea that "bigger was better") but had good speed, decent tracking, and fit me like a glove....and it had to be light enough that my almost-50-year-old body could pick it and carry it around....all in all, a tall order!
The "Legend" is almost 18 feet, and most of my paddling was on rivers and I felt like the Legend was "more boat than I really needed"..... there was a time, early on in my paddling "career" that I thought I would do more expedition paddling.....alas, the multi-day trip was something that simply alluded me....short, day trips and rescue lessons were the extent of my days in a typical season!

Along comes the "Whisky 16" by Point 65N of Sweden and designed by (you guessed it) Nigel Foster!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost exactly 5 years ago, I had a brief encounter with the Whisky 16 at a paddling symposium that we hosted...Nigel Foster and his amazing wife Kristin Nelson were there, and I had an opportunity to chat with Nigel about his paddling adventures, his amazing skill in a kayak, and his design philosophy. It was clear to me then, and is still clear to me now, that Nigel and I share a common vision, a common goal, when it comes to paddling technique and that my wants and needs in a kayak design are a match with the kayaks that Nigel puts his name on!

Life and circumstances being what they are, five years have passed - FLASH FORWARD to the early Spring of 2017, and here I find myself in conversation with Point 65N once again, precipitated by the announcement that Nigel Foster's Whisky 16 is being released in a 3-layer polyethylene construction, in two versions - the Whisky 16 "Rocker" is nearly identical to the composite version I had test paddled 5 years ago (plenty of rocker, very maneuverable, keyhole cockpit) plus the addition of the Whisky 16 "Tourer" with less pronounced rocker and a roomier oval cockpit for more general touring touring.

Somehow, through conversation with Richard and Tomas Ohman, the brothers who own Point 65N of Sweden, I ended up deciding that it was my "mission" to bring the Point 65N line of kayaks to Canada....

I find myself as utterly smitten by the Whisky 16 today as I was 5 years ago....
I can't wait to share my passion for this kayak, and this brand, with all of you over the upcoming months and years!

I now find myself with a Nigel Foster designed kayak, a Nigel Foster designed paddle, and a Nigel Foster designed PFD....does that mean I can paddle "just like" Nigel Foster?? Well, that remains to be seen.
But...way back in the day, this all started with a Nigel Foster "Legend" built by Seaward Kayaks.

Needless to say, we are SUPER EXCITED to be bringing the Whisky 16 "Rocker" and "Tourer" in durable, affordable 3-layer polyethylene, as well as a very limited number of Whisky 16 in fiberglass, to market in Canada this Spring!

Thanks,
Ed

 

 

 


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