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Imagine having a kayak stowed away that you could pull out at a moment’s notice for a quick visit to shore, or to explore a beautiful bay, or to go for a paddle to get some exercise. A big advantage of inflatable kayaks is that they pack up into a bag. If you have a boat, where space comes at a premium, this smallness becomes a HUGE advantage. The basis of this package is the sit-on-top StraitEdge inflatable kayak and included is a 40L dry bag, so you can get your gear ashore safe and dry. See below for why the StraitEdge is ideal as a kayak tender for your boat.
Who is the Land Ahoy Kayak Package for?
Paddlers who need (or want) a portable kayak and
Here’s why this kayak is ideal as a boat tender:
The StraitEdge doesn’t have a cockpit, it’s an open sit-on-top style kayak. This means you can just step onto it from your boat, there is no need to step into a narrow cockpit and then try to sit down inside the cockpit.
The Advanced Elements StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak has a wide flat hull, giving it excellent stability. Not only does this make it easier to step on and off when transferring to and from your boat, it also means you are more likely to make it to shore safe and dry.
Versatile and Fun
The unique design of the StraitEdge gives you the option of taking it for a paddle for the fun of it. It goes straight and fast on flat water, is an excellent fishing kayak, cuts through chop in open ocean and can even be set up as self-bailing for use in whitewater up to class III.
StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak Specifications
Sit-on-top kayaks are typically slower than sit-in kayaks.
The rigidity of the StraitEdge kayak is great compared to other sit-on-top inflatable kayaks on the market, but it’s not as fast as the AdvancedFrame Sport Elite kayak, for example, despite being a similar length and width.
It’s a nice, cruising experience, but not a rocket.
The StraitEdge kayak is a crossover kayak. This means it is designed to do a bit of whitewater (up to class 3) and flat water.
It does not have a fin (so it can pivot in whitewater), but it does have aluminium rib frames in the bow and stern to stop the waggle on flat water.
The tracking on flat water is okay, depending on your weight. If you are very lightweight (say, under 60kg), you might find that these ribs sit above the water and don’t help so much. But if you are a little heavier, you should get good tracking from the StraigtEdge kayak.
If you really want a kayak that tracks straight on flat water, consider our sit-in kayaks.
Yes, it does get a bit wind affected, depending on your weight.
All kayaks are wind affected to some degree.
You can generally predict how wind affected it’s going to be based on the ratio of kayak above the waterline to kayak below the waterline. The StraitEdge kayak sits fairly high in the water, especially if you are lightweight.
The seat (included) clips in high on the side tubes, so it gives you good lower back support.
Watch this video – you need to get the angle right.
You are sitting on a soft floor, which is nice under the bum.
The front thwart acts as a foot brace – you adjust the straps of the seat to get the right leg length for the thwart.
Note that if you need more than lower back support, our other kayaks have high-backed seats.
What is the StraitEdge Kayak good for?
The Straitedge Kayak has some awesome features that make it ideal for taking dogs.
The sit-on-top style gives you plenty of open space for your dogs, so they are not cramped into a cockpit.
The PVC tarpaulin material on the floor and main chambers give you the confidence that your dog’s claws will not cause a puncture.
The wide flat hull means the kayak is very stable so you won’t all go over board if your dog gets excited and makes a sudden move (not that they ever do that …).
The Straitedge Kayak comes with 2 rod holders attached to the front air-bag.
The wide flat hull means the kayak is very stable so you can focus on fishing and relaxing.
The sit-on-top style means you can swing your legs over the side to help reel in a big catch from any angle.
The PVC tarpaulin material is extremely durable, give you the confidence that neither fish nor fishing gear will cause a puncture.
There is plenty of space on board for gear, such as a tackle box, an esky, lunch etc
You can open the ports down the sides to allow the kayak to self bail if you get swamped whilst fishing.
Optional kayak anchor if the fish are biting and you want to stay where you are.
Optional accessory frame if you want to attach additional rod holders, an EPERB, a fish finder, go-pro etc.
You can even put on a propeller – the ePropulsion Vaquita.
The StraitEdge kayak makes a good tender for a boat.
It’s a sit-on-top kayak, so you don’t have to get yourself in and out of a cockpit.
It’s suitable for almost all water types, including open ocean.
There’s heaps of space for gear if you are using it to transport your stuff to and from shore.
**Caution – do not leave the kayak inflated on the deck of the boat. The heat will cause the pressure to rise and you could damage the kayak.
I would suggest 1 hour to a half-day, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do a multi-day expedition in it.
There is not as much deck space for gear as some of our other kayaks, and the seat is not high-backed, but if you wanted a kayak that could handle some whitewater, it would be great for a multi-day river trip.
The StraitEdge kayak is a self-bailing sit-on-top kayak.
This means there are ports in the hull that you can leave closed in calm water, to stay dry, or open up for whitewater or choppy open water.
When the ports are open, water that sloshes over the kayak can drain out, so you can never be swamped.
Who is the StraitEdge Kayak good for?
Yes, but it doesn’t track as straight as some of our other kayaks.
The key feature for beginners is stability and the StraitEdge kayak is so stable, you can sleep in it (but don’t …)
The aluminium rib frames will help you track straight on flat water, but our kayaks with fins are definitely easier to paddle straight.
It’s fairly lightweight and simple to set-up, which are not critical features for beginners, but certainly make the experience easier.
Yes, we sell the StraitEdge kayak to seniors quite often.
In my experience, seniors are looking for a lightweight kayak, and the StraitEdge kayak is not too bad at 15kg.
It’s going to up to you to decide whether that’s a weight you can lift by yourself. For some seniors this will be a doddle and for others, it will be a deal breaker.
The other key features for seniors are stability and ease of getting in and out – the StraitEdge kayak ticks both these boxes.
Above 6’2″ it’s possible, but hard to say with certainty.
You may need to loosen the seat straps all the way, so you are sitting further back in the kayak for your feet to comfortably reach the front air-bag.
This is not something I have tested with a very tall friend yet, but I have never had a customer return the StraitEdge because it was too short.
If you want to be sure, consider the StraitEdge Angler Pro kayak, which is HUGE.
The maximum capacity is 136kg / 300lbs.
If you are above 115kg you might struggle to maintain rigidity and I would recommend looking at the StraitEdge Angler Pro kayak, which has a high-pressure, rigid floor.
About the StraitEdge Kayak
Advanced Elements have been making inflatable kayaks for well over 20 years – you don’t have to worry about quality.
All kayaks are inflated at the factory and left for 24 hours to ensure there are no slow leaks.
The main material used is called PVC tarpaulin and it is super thick and tough.
It can handle dog claws, fish hooks, rocks and even oysters.
In the extremely rare case that you do get a puncture, the kayak comes with a repair kit, so you can put on a patch.
The StraitEdge kayak is a sit-on-top kayak, with self-bailing ports.
* note: the StraitEdge2 Pro Kayak is shown in the picture
If the water is calm, you can leave the ports closed and stay dry.
If the conditions are rough or you are doing whitewater, you can open the ports, allowing water that comes over the sides to draining out.
The downsides of sit-on-top kayaks is that they are often slower and more wind affected than sit-in kayaks, and you get wet.
The upsides of sit-on-top kayak is that they have heaps of space, you don’t feel enclosed, they can do a huge variety of water types.
People often think that sit-on-top kayaks are more stable than sit-in kayaks. The truth is that is really depends on the kayaks. All our solo kayaks are equally stable, except for the AirFusion EVO, which is much narrower and less stable.
Deflated and packed dimensions are:
39″ x 18″ x 9.5″ (99cm x 46cm x 24cm)
You can get the depth (24cm) down a bit by putting the seats somewhere else, but the other dimensions can’t really be altered.
The weight is only 15.4kg, so if you’re trying the keep the weight down with your vehicle, it’s a great option.
At 15.4kg, the StraitEdge Kayak is reasonably lightweight.
Most people can carry it on their own and it doesn’t add a lot of weight to your vehicle.
I can carry it myself down to the water. I am 55kg and 5’4″ if that helps.
• Advanced Elements Spring™ valve
• Integrated Pressure Relief Valve In Floor
• Rod holders
• StraitEdge™ System – unique bow and stern design
• Hard edge bow and stern for improved tracking
• Bungee deck lacing
• Self-bailing ports
• Thigh strap compatible D-rings
How to use the StraitEdge Kayak
You can review the instruction manual here:
But my strong recommendation is that you take a look at the setup video:
It’s about 5 minutes, once you get the hang of it.
You just take off the valve covers and set the valves to deflate. Walk away for a few minutes and it’s done.
You can use the deflate function of the pump if you want to, but I have never found this to be necessary.
The StraitEdge kayak is mostly PVC, which means you can use a towel to wipe off any water.
Fold it as per the folding instructions in the manual and it then goes back into the bag pretty easily.
It’s okay to store it a little bit wet for a day or so, but if you are going to be storing it for longer, make sure it’s completely dry.
What's included & what to buy
All our Advanced Elements kayaks come with a 3-year warranty. Check out the details here:
But if you have any issues after that period, still get in touch as we carry some spare parts and may be able to help out.
Our 90-day “Try it on the Water” Guarantee means that if the kayak is not what you expected, you have 90 days after delivery to return the kayak for a FULL refund.
Shipping is free for orders over $99 and $19 flat rate for orders under $99.
If the product is in stock, it will ship from our Brisbane warehouse within 1-2 business days of ordering.
We use Direct Freight Express as a courier and they are usually pretty quick.
Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Sydney – overnight.
Melbourne – 2 nights.
Elsewhere… it varies. If you have a deadline, please get in touch and we’ll check if it’s going to make it in time.
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