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Can I paddle anywhere?
In the UK, you need a license to paddle in most of the waterways,
rivers, lakes, etc.
BCU membership (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Scotland Canoe Association
and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland) includes a licence
to paddle on 5000km of Britain's waterways and canals.
Not all inland water is open to canoeists, some are privately owned
or is bounded by land which is private, so do check beforehand.
See Useful Web sites page.
In other countries, do check with your national kayak organisations
and waterway / off-shore agencies etc.
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are folding kayaks?
What is the difference
between folding and inflatable / hardshell plastic glass
fibre kayaks and canoes?
kayaks - otherwise more commonly known as folding kayaks
/ boats, Folders, Foldables, 'Boat in a Bag' or skin-on-frame
kayaks. These are the types of kayaks that are still used
waterborne Special Forces military units worldwide since
WWII. The collapsible
kayaks have a frame and a skin that can be assembled direct
out of the supplied carry bag/s or custom made rucksacks,
weighing a total of 19kg for a single kayak up to 55kgs
for the large 4-5 seater kayak. Our kayaks are made with
frames of wood (marine grade plywood, beech, ash) and all
now use the new corrosion resistant anonised Dural fittings.
An recent introduction to our range is the Proximo I single
seater kayak which has a dural alloy frame.
II 520 double seater
Zoska / Formoza double seater
I single seater
(tilted in photo, no flat keelboard)
The boat skin comprises of two different materials - the hull is of the
widely used tough CSM / Hypalon, and the deck is of the lighter
and more flexible Diklon 32 (Draylon) or Sattler canvas.
There is another type of skin that is available as a choice - a hull
made of a lighter TPU material (a saving of 3-4kgs in total weight compared
to a Hypalon hulled single kayak). A new addition in 2014 is
the introduction of PVC for the hull - as used on the Smartline range
Folding kayaks do not take up much space at home, or inside the car or
motohome - packed in a bag or two, they can fit in much less space than
taken up by a rigid kayak or canoe. The boats are very stable due to
the broad beam design and also have excellent buoyancy - due to the integrated
'air tubes' built in along the length of the boat inside of the skin
sponsons. These sponsons also are designed to stiffen the boat by tightening
the skin over the frame.
No tools are required to assemble the kayaks - the wooden framed kayaks
uses 'push-in' clips to lock the frame pieces together. The bow and stern
frame halves are assembled first, then the two frame halves is slid into
respective ends of the skin. The two halves are joined / expanded in
the middle of the boat, the balance of cross-ribs and the washboard /
coaming pieces is put into place, and then the air sponsons is inflated
the folding kayak is designed and assembled, it is impossible for a folding
kayak to come apart whilst in the water.
The folders are ideal for touring inland rivers, waterways and the coastal
seas, plus with the large roomy internal storage spaces, they are also
well suited for long distance expeditions.
In the UK, with the all-round coastline and numerous waterways, canals & rivers,
you can easily, for example, travel to the start of your water trip by
train, take a paddle, and then return by train / car.
All the Waylands, with the exception of the dural alloy framed models,
have fittings for sail rigs. With the broad beam design, the stable kayaks
are also suitable for fishing. Several civilian Waylands have already
'passed the test' over the years with some notable long distance expeditions
including trips down the Amazon River as well as experiencing extreme
weather conditions in Siberia and around Spitzbergen.
The various model sizes of the commando single seater Mk I Achilli
and the double seater Mk II Zoska / Formoza series use stronger construction
and fittings, with a higher quality finish - these robust boats have
supplied to NATO forces, as well as being supplied to the general public
including film crews / contractors working for the BBC, National Geographic,
Discovery Channel, etc.
of folding kayaks
Our kayaks have a standard pair of built-in internal air sponsons
that run the entire length of the boat on both sides (top edge of
the hull - gunwales). This provides extra buoyancy and stability.
The sponsons also serve to tighten the skin over the frame. For extreme
loading or extra stability and shallower draft, there is a Quattro
version available for the larger single seater and all double seaters
and up - an extra pair of independent sponsons. Inflating 2 topmost
sponsons produces an V shaped hull, inflate all 4, produces a U shaped
Folding kayaks are renowned for the very large internal storage space
that they naturally have. As the kayak already has integrated sponsons,
there is no need for space wasting buoyancy bags that hard shell
fiberglass/plastic kayaks/canoes usually need. For various reasons,
it is never a good idea to pack kit on top of the decks - wind can
affect your route, re-entry can be affected in capsizes, higher
centre of gravity, etc. The bigger internal storage space of folding
kayaks in the bow / stern underdecks and along the sides inside the
cockpit helps keeps kit packed neatly and safely. Inflatable canoes
/ kayaks suffer from payload capacity because of the floatation /
structural air tubes taking up space.
The kayaks pack into bags that can fit in the back of the car, van,
motor home, trailer, etc, and at home in a cupboard.
No need for vehicle roof racks
Saves on fuel. Eliminates struggling to put kayaks on the vehicle
All wooden framed kayaks have fittings ready to take a sail rig mast.
This greatly enhances your kayaking experience.
Touring folding kayaks typically have a broad beam and the Quattro
versions provides even more stability with a U shaped hull. For extra
stability during fishing, filming / photography / diving / extreme
sailing to name a few, an Outrigger (pair of floats / pontoons) can
Folding kayaks can be easily transported anywhere. The boats can
be taken on trains, coaches, light planes / helicopters or checked
as luggage on aircraft. If the bags are too heavy for you to carry,
there are compact carts available that have been specially designed
for folding kayaks.
The expedition quality touring kayaks track extremely well with little
corrective paddling being required. Protective keelstrips also aids
tracking. You still have use of the rudder for rougher open water
The fabric of the skin embraces the water and the flex in the frame
adds to stability. Sponsons provide excellent secondary stability.
Folding kayaks will only roll if that is the paddler’s intention.
The flexibility of the folding kayaks is an advantage in rough open
water. The skin is a very good shock absorber, the kayak absorbs
wave energy and flexes over the swells.
Be closer to nature / one with nature!
The experience of paddling is enhanced by being able to feel the
movement of the water through the kayak’s skin, which cannot
be done in a hard shell.
All folding kayaks are quieter in the water than a hard-shell, as
the fabric absorbs noise. Advantageous for bird watching or wildlife
photography - one of many reasons why these kinds of kayaks are still
used by Special Forces since World War II.
of the Wayland kayak range
The standard folding kayaks come in two main
'flavors' - the Basic and Expedition. The 'Basic'
is just a plain kayak with no extra furnishings
on the deck and plain
hull. The 'Expedition' comes standard with side drinking PET bottle holders,
front side pouches to hold various small accessories, fore deck pockets to
hold paddles, spade & axe (complete with
fittings to hold those items securely), 4 keel
strips, and port / starboard bow to stern deck-lines
with D-rings. The
military grade (MG) commando kayaks come standard with it's own specific range
Optional extra fittings such as front and rear hatches, pouches/pockets to hold
other types of items such as machetes, torches, etc, also available to order
- see 'Features' page.
A third flavor is available which is your own customisation of a Basic kayak
with the fittings that you require.
All the kayaks models with the exception of the new single seater Proximo I and
upcoming double seater Vector II (due late 2014) have a wood frame and Hypalon
hulls (or TPU on request). Proximo I and Vector II kayaks have an Alu frame and
either a lighter TPU hull or HYPALON hull. The new 2014 Smartline range, based
on the Basic models, has PVC for the hull.
There is a choice of 16 deck colours (DIKLON 32 marine canvas) and 5 military
colours to choose from - see 'Colours'
page. Hypalon & TPU hulls is only available in black. More details about
materials used in the kayaks can be found in 'Construction'.
Harpoon I single seater kayak - available in three different
lengths - the normal Harpoon I 450, mid-sized Harpoon I 490 Smartline, and
the longer Harpoon I XL500. The XL500 version is ideal for the sea / long distance
touring. Proximo I single seater sea kayak. Presently
the only aluminum framed kayak in production by Wayland. Amazon II double seater kayaks are the
most popular of the Wayland range, with the Amazon II 520
Convertible version being the best seller. The Amazon II
520 Convertible is very manageable when used as a single
kayak - this version has the usual seating arrangement
for two paddlers as well as an extra seat position ideally
positioned for the solo paddler. The Amazon II 545 is more
suitable for taller paddlers. The longer Amazon II XXL600
offers more storage and can be custom-made to be a triple-seater. Trojak III - based on the Amazon II 520
frame, and designed with a small family in mind - the kayak
cockpit has been modified to enable extra space for a small
child. There are two versions - the +D has the extra small
seat located at the back in a separate mini cockpit, and
the +CH version has an extended cockpit (rearwards) with
the extra small seat being positioned at the front. The
+CH version has now been discontinued.
a folding kayak
Unpack the bag .....
lay out the pieces ....
assemble the two frame halves by clicking
the cross-ribs to the keel and side longitudinal
insert the front half of the frame into
the skin ...
then insert the rear half of frame into
the skin, clip lock the rest of the cross
ribs in and then fit the coaming.
There is a video of an world record attempt to assemble a single
seater the quickest. This will show you how the assembly works.
Double seaters also follow the same overall sequence with some
minor variations. See video at bottom of the Introduction page
Ursus IV multi-seater kayaks - originally
designed for special forces, this civilian version, due
to demand for tourism use, has become very popular. This
kayak is one of the few known extended type of kayak in
the world of this size, can be easily used as a double,
3 or 4 seater kayak. The long length, broad beam and huge
sponsons offers flexibility and stability in that the boat
can be used in various configurations - as a 2 man heavy
expeditionary kayak with extra storage capacity (reduce
the need to store items on decks), as a family kayak with
2 adults and between 1-3 children, or as a basic 3 large
adults touring kayak. A larger sail rig is available for
this kayak. Mk
I Achilli I MG single seaters & Mk
II Zoska / Formosa double seaters are military
grade commando kayaks, as used by security units
/ special forces. The kayaks have a stronger and
simpler construction and includes higher quality
fittings and special coatings/finishes on the frame
work. These commando kayaks have distinctive deck
features, quite different to the civilian 'Expedition'
All the kayaks with the exception of the aluminum framed kayaks include mast
brackets to hold Wayland sail rigs. See 'Sail
The assembly process
Below is a video of a Klepper single seater Aerius I, a model very similar to
the Wayland Harpoon I, showing how a typical wooden framed folding kayak is assembled.
There are some slight differences in the parts used to connect the pieces, but
the assembly sequence is broadly similar for most makes of wooden framed kayaks
regardless of age. This film clip also shows that with good pre-assembly preparation
and practice, that you can easily reduce the usual listed assembly time of 15-20
minutes. Double seater and larger kayaks also have a similar assembly procedure
and sequence, but with extra cross-ribs to assemble, and the breakwater / coaming
may be fitted on differently. In the case of 2 paddlers with multi-seater kayaks,
an example of good and quick teamwork would be that the front paddler does the
front half and port side, whilst the rear paddler does the rear half and starboard
Record attempt to assemble a single seater Klepper
in under 4 minutes - Munich, Germany 2005
note that Wayland PL (factory) is constantly innovating and improving all products.
EG product descriptions on this site is subject to change without prior
notice. In the event of a major un-announced description change or change / omission of inclusive accessories by the factory, you will not receive products in a lesser total value to what was originally ordered