Fabricant de Kayak et Canoe portable

The specific Nautiraid

Folding boats

Folding boats

All of Nautiraid’s kayaks, canoes and coracles can be dismantled.

 

It only takes between 15 and 30 minutes to take a kayak out of its bag and assemble it. This great feature means transport (in cars and on public transport) and storage (on sailing boats, in apartments, etc.) is much easier. Nautiraid kayaks offer the same hydrodynamic characteristics as rigid boats while being as practical as an inflatable.

Wooden frame

The wooden frames are all made from French ash wood. The ribs, stem and stern are cut from boat-quality Finnish birch plywood. Ash is used from the start of the building process due to its tension which means it can be bent and return to its original shape. This wood is used for archery bows and tool handles, and was previously used for tennis rackets and skis. Ash is a fibrous wood that bends well and is hard to break. When it does break, it is not a clean break but a long break, meaning it can be easily repaired with lashing when necessary. Our wood is cut high up in the Alps, then air-dried before being machined. As such, we think this frame is the most suitable for expedition kayaks because when you are far from civilisation you can always get by with a wooden frame.

 

Feature 2Wood floats so a wooden frame helps keep the kayak afloat if it fills with water. The ash parts receive three coats of dipped varnish. The birch plywood parts get four. The Finnish birch plywood we use for ribs is 12mm thick and comprises 9 cross-laminated layers. This wood’s durability is illustrated by the number of years a wooden frame can be used for. Sometimes we put a new skin on frames that are already 25 years old!

 

Wooden frames need little maintenance as they are mostly protected by the skin. When, from time to time, a part needs replacing, it is generally the centre keel or exposed cockpit parts. A simple light sanding and one or two coats of varnish, and your frame is protected for another few years.

 

The metal hinges and joints are made from stainless steel and can withstand seawater without corroding. However, we recommend rinsing your boat under fresh water before repacking it. Always store it in a dry, well ventilated area to avoid mould and rotting. Varnished wood has a particular style that adds charm to the wooden frames.

 

All Nautiraid single- and two-seater models with wooden frames pack into 2 carry bags (except Raid I 416 - 1 bag).

Wooden frame
Aluminium frame

Nautiraid kayaks’ aluminium frames help reduce both cost and weight.

Changing to an aluminium frame for the same model saves about 1kg for a single-seater kayak and 2kg for a two-seater.

 

All of Nautiraid’s aluminium frame folding kayaks fit into one single carry bag. The aluminium alloy tube frames of Nautiraid folding kayaks are protected with a minimum 15μ anodised layer. The frame tubes are 20mm in diameter and 90cm long (maximum). The tubes fit into each other like tent poles and are held together by internal elastic, to form sets of predetermined lengths. The solidity of aluminium tubes may be greater than birch rods but once a tube gets bent it must be replaced - it cannot be repaired.

And don’t think that an aluminium frame requires less care than a wooden one. In fact, to avoid corrosion you must regularly oil the connecting parts and disassemble the frame. It takes a bit more time to assemble an aluminium frame folding kayak because the frame is not preassembled like Nautiraid’s wooden frames.

However, it can be easier to understand how to assemble it the first time. The Nautiraid folding kayak’s ribs are made of 12mm thick polypropylene. They are more resistant and less prone to distortion than polyethylene ones at temperatures over 20°C.

 

Aluminium frame
Stabilairs

Stabilairs

The Stabilair is a unique feature of Nautiraid kayaks. The two inflatable bladders sit alongside the kayak.

 

Other brands of folding kayaks use these inflatable bladders to tension their kayaks, but put them inside. With Nautiraid, because they sit outside this does not affect the structure if they are pierced.

 

Stabilairs have three functions: they boost the kayak’s rigidity, minimise rolling and the risk of capsizing, and make the kayak unsinkable. They are an important safety feature. The polyurethane internal bladders inflate in only a few minutes and are easy to replace.

Touring, Tourexp and Expedition versions

Nautiraid offers kayaks in a choice of three versions.

 

The Touring version features a 1100 Dtex PVC hull from German performance fabric manufacturer Mehler. Its deck is equipped simply with a life line.

 

The Expedition version is for intense use (expedition/paddling in the tropics and through icy landscapes) with an Orca Hypalon (CSR) hull by Pennel. Hypalon provides better resistance to scratches than PVC and greater dimensional stability (no shrinking in negative temperatures). The deck is also different with two to four paddle pockets (depending on the model) for attaching emergency paddles, longitudinal carry handles, two round access covers, a towing ring, a reinforced mid-deck and lateral stowage strips. The expedition versions are 2-4kg heavier depending on the kayak.

 

Lastly, the Tourexp version features the Expedition’s performance deck on a Touring PVC hull, to keep both the weight and price down.

 

If your kayak use is infrequent, non-intensive or not extreme, the Touring range offers you a lighter, cheaper version of the same Expedition kayak. You may prefer it for its value for money in terms of use. If that is not your case, or if you want a stunning fully-equipped kayak, go straight to the Expedition range.

Touring, Tourexp and Expedition versions
Beaching strips

Beaching strips

Beaching strips are 5cm strips stuck to the bottom of the skin at points where the frame is in contact with the skin: the keel, floor spars, lower rods and upper rods.

 

This creates a double thickness layer to prevent premature wear from friction with solid parts. The strips are stuck on and can be replaced if worn.

Inflatable seats

Inflatable seats

These are definitely very comfortable. They are part of the standard equipment for all Nautiraid folding kayaks with wooden frames in the Expedition range. Because Expedition sometimes means long hours spent sitting down paddling. They can be purchased (for an extra cost) to boost the comfort of standard seats in folding kayaks with wooden frames in the Touring range.

 

The inflatable seats also make the folding kayak even more unsinkable when filled with water. When deflated, they take up almost no space in the carry bags. The Grand Narak, Tourexp and Expedition versions also feature inflatable backs on the seats.

 

All our kayaks come with a 5-year warranty.