The demo fleet
All the demo kayaks are current Sea Kayaking UK models. Why is this so important? Well, you need to be sure the kayak you see and test is as up-to-date as the kayak that you order. Even small changes in design can have a big impact on how the kayak feels for you.
The following Sea Kayaking UK models are available in the Plymouth based fleet for you to try:
Romany Sport Romany Excel Romany Surf Romany Classic Explorer-HV Explorer Explorer (3 piece) Latitude Pilgrim Quantum (from March 2017)
If you want to try something not currently held in the Plymouth demo fleet it is usually possible to find it for you elsewhere.
On the day
I’m confident that you will find a boat from the range that is perfect for you, but I wouldn’t buy unseen and don’t expect you to either. So every boat is available for you to look at, prod, poke, sit in and paddle! Getting you into a new sea kayak is my aim and believe you should try before you buy. A big effort is made with demos and you’ll get very well looked after, whether you are a solo paddler or a group. It’s usually a great day out!
I’ll provide you with:
- the chosen demo model, delivered to an agreed launching spot
- loan of a quality Reed Aquatherm spray deck that fits properly
- me! I’m an advanced sea kayak leader and will be along for your guidance and safety
- hints and tips to help you get the best from your demo experience
The charge for this service is £75. When you order a new sea kayak within 3 months I will refund £40.
The demo fleet is usually at the base near Plymouth, known as Britain’s Ocean City. It’s a fabulous place with both placid and lively water all around, making it perfect for putting your next sea kayak through it’s paces. I’ll be happy to accompany you and show you some of the sights at the same time. Plymouth and the coastline of the surrounding area has so much to offer.
Sometimes a demo is more meaningful in your own home waters so I can often come to you. If you’re a club you may wish to organise a specific day just for your members. I’m happy to work with your coaches and guides to develop mini workshop sessions. If you need to provide a focus for an activity day, please ask about how I can help. I regularly attend sea kayaking meets and organised events such as symposiums. Please get in contact for further information.
Here is a unique opportunity if you are looking for a demo session with a difference. Combine testing a new boat with a holiday abroad. I visit some of the best locations in Brittany each year and would be delighted to meet you there. This is a great chance to try the whole Sea Kayaking UK range to see which one you like best. You’ll get to paddle in world-class sea kayaking destinations with a French-speaking advanced sea kayak leader who knows the current rules that apply to sea kayaking in French waters.
Everything can be provided to keep safe and legal on the water. As a Brittany expert, I stay up to date with the official rules and the etiquette. You’re have all the flares and mandatory kit you must carry by law. Most people like to camp, and I’ve discovered the best campsites over the years – most have direct access to the sea. No wild camping (it’s illegal) or wasting time with driving every morning. At the end of the day, grab a hot shower, sit back and watch the sun go down with a glass of something lovely…
Fancy even more comfort and a roof over your head? Why not book a self-catering Gîte. They’re very good value and often in stunning locations.
Either way you’ll need to get there. Whether you are coming from Britain, Ireland, Europe or North America, Brittany is easily accessible, either by:
- taking the ferry from the UK or Ireland
- flying from a number of UK airports
- using the excellent Eurostar/TGV network if you prefer to travel by rail.
I really hope to see you there – get in touch to discuss your ideas for the perfect paddling holiday.
“A l’aise Breizh”