Kayak Adventures
Puffin Swift Review Print E-mail
Friday, 03 September 2010 11:05

Submitted to Paddling.net  July 14, 2010
  I moved to Austin a couple of months ago and had to leave my 12 ft Perception hard shell behind due to space. I looked over my options for a smaller yak and could not find anything that would replace the feeling the 12 footer gave me. Some friends told me to look into a folding

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Puffin 12 as Canoe?? Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 May 2010 11:00


The following (abbreviated) trip report is an interesting illustration of how a Puffin can be adapted to a different use. In this case, the Puffin 12 became a solo canoe.
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To Australia with a Puffin Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 10:22
 
I was attending a meeting in the beautiful city of Sydney, so decided to bring along my Puffin Sport kayak.
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Traveling Europe with a Puffin Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 09:49

The Puffin II proved to be particularly practical on our camping holiday in Burgundy, France, and the Spanish Pyrenees.
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With a Puffin in Jamaica Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 09:45
I took the Puffin Sport to Jamaica and used it every day.
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Paddling the Canals of England Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 09:38
 
I thought you might like to know how I got on with my 6 day trip on the canals of England.
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Puffin Swift Capabilities and Limitations Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 09:34

Ralph Hoehn sent me copy of his correspondence with a paddler in Sweden, and I think this will give those of you who are interested a pretty good idea what to expect from a Puffin Swift.
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Sailing the Puffin II Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 09:27

Thank you so much for setting me up with a sailing rig for my Pakboat Puffin II. I admit I was skeptical that a sailing rig could be effectively attached to such a lightweight collapsible boat.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 10:58
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The riddle of the Mud Flats, Bill Longyard Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2010 09:16

For the past dozen or so years I’ve been paddling down the Thames in a variety of folding kayaks every time I’ve visited England.
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Trying the Puffin II on the ocean (2004) Print E-mail

Puffin II folding kayak paddling report

Hi Alv,

I took my Pakboats Puffin II out in the ocean, today. I also took it out with two people aboard, for the first time.

The water was mild-- waves 18-24 inches, although the surf seemed disproportionately strong. I launched into the surf solo, first, in open-top configuration (i.e. no deck). I was surprised by how seaworthy it was. It took waves from all angles, and stayed completely controllable. As always, with only a 200 lb. (90 KG) solo paddler in the middle of the boat, it dances over the waves-- it won't "cut" through any waves, but that makes it a very dry ride. I had no problem launching through small breaking waves. Landing in the surf was no problem, either.

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