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Rough waters – smooth paddling - The Whisky 16 is an agile touring kayak developed by Nigel Foster. A spirited playboat for coastal waters, the Whisky 16, with its fuller bow and stern shape to reduce plunging, is designed with rough water, surf and current in mind, and for exciting coastal touring near the impact zones.
On gentler waters, here is a comfortable easily maneuvered and stable craft to inspire confidence. It is an ideal boat in which to develop skills. With capacity for day trips, yet spacious enough for a few days of self-contained expedition paddling, the Whisky 16 comes into its own for exploring narrow passages and negotiating awkward corners where nimble turning is a delight.
Weight: 55 lbs
Capacity: 340 lbs
Cockpit: 30.7" X 16"
The Whisky 16 is manufactured with vacuum-bagged fiberglass strengthened with honeycombed core-matt for improved rigidity and lightness. It has two large oval hatches; aft and bow, and a large round day hatch behind the cockpit for access to items while on the water. In addition, the Whisky hatch, a smaller round hatch in front of the cockpit opens to an under-deck compartment you might use for small items.
The padded cockpit comes fitted with an ergonomically designed seat which provides excellent support as well as providing the close contact needed when rough-water playing, and a highly functional back support that offers great comfort and lumbar support.
The compass recess on the fore-deck accommodates a Silva 70P compass which is optional. The Whisky 16 is standard fitted with a retractable skeg and footrests. It is also available with an optional rudder control system.
The Whisky 16 was one of the very last sea kayaks to be reviewed by legendary Sea Kayaker Magazine. Read the full review is available here.