It has been great witnessing the enthusiasm for the first load of Rebel Kayaks that finally arrived end of January. Bloody cold time of year to be unloading and distributing kayaks here and there. The early reviews are in and folks are quite happy with the strong uptick in build quality as these designs have been reinvented as Rebel Kayaks
This past July we were in Sweden and tested a strip prototype for a new smaller 'sister' to the Ilaga, an idea that we brought to Johan Wirsen beginning with his fist to the Barn in January of 2016. It rolled amazingly well, and it was bright and quick, as well. After Johan tweaked it, I re-tested it in the chilly waters off Oland Island in October, and we made some very minor design changes, before it went to composite.
Cheri and I are quite pleased to announce that the Rebel Naja is alive and well! Available for order NOW!
It was conceived to offer a greenlandic fit to folks that generally slosh around in bigger kayaks designed for the male of the species. We've seen in our classes and always thought that there is a quite a bit of opportunity to offer a traditionally inspired kayak that calls to women, and also thinking about offering a greenlandic design to teenagers of both sexes.
And we don't forget gents that are desperate to have a real rolling demon (as long as you are on the light side)!
And for those of you that are simply too big, the Ilaga or the T, or perhaps a variation of the T that I will describe at a later date. Hint. TOC...
So here comes the Naja!
You can of course see the resemblance to its friend, the Ilaga, yes? But it is shorter, narrower, lower at the coaming... It is snappy and vibrant in the water and may just be the best composite rolling kayak... ever!...
Length : 508 cm / 16’-8”
Width : 47 cm / 18.5”
Weight : 14 - 15 kg / 31 - 33 lbs
Cockpit rim: 44 x 37 cm / 17” x 14 1/2” (traditional round shape)
Height rim (at Centerline):
22cm / 8 5/8” from top of rim to centerline keel, foredeck
14cm / 5 1/2” from deck to centerline keel, backpack
Custom foam outfitting : seat pan, back rest and foam 'masik'
Skeg: Standard KajakSport
Hatches: Front + Rear 24cm / 10” Round KajakSport
Pretty exciting, we think!
Of course the Naja is designed to compliment and widen the range of hard chine offerings that Rebel has been building already.
The Ilaga and the Rebel T have proven they deserve a place in the USA market. The Swedish designer Johan Wirsen and Aquarius Kayaks of Poland, having formed the new company Rebel Kayaks, have done a remarkable thing in reviving those designs and getting them once again into production.
We see them as complimentary offerings to the custom bespoke SOF qajaqs that we build, and the rough and deep water Tiderace Kayaks that we already offer. We are happy to have them in our fleet of offerings for students and buyers alike.
And after focusing on bringing in the known quantities, we're really excited about the Naja, not to mention the a bit more English style but still very hard chine relative, Husky of which there will be more news soon. So now, all four of these exceptional offerings are available to stock or order...
The Ilaga is 17-10" long and has a 19.75 beam with a relatively roomy ocean cockpit. It is fast and has very clean lines. It also will help you connect the missing dots in your roll. It is a spartan, clean ride with two flexible 10" round Kajaksport hatches stock. Smarttrack foot braces and skeg system.
We have two Ilaga here in Maine that you may want to run your eye over or better yet try. These are version 2.0 quality builds, folks! Strong, stiff and light. Both of these kayak weigh under 40 lbs, WITH hatches.
One is a Sandwich Plus, the other a Sandwich Pro. These are both demo boats. Sorry neither are available for purchase!
The Rebel T is 17-'10" as well with a 21.25" beam. It has a generous keyhole cockpit, and has a 10" Round forward, and an large oval hatch and 6" round day hatch aft, all again flexible Kajaksport covers. Smarttrack foot braces and skeg system.
Available Lay Ups
Several colors are available stock. White, Black, Red, Two-tone. Any of those colors with either Carbon or Woodgrain inlay, too. The inlays are custom order.
You can mix and match top deck and hull custom colors as well. Any RAL color are also available by custom order.
Inquire or Order NOW!
If you have been waiting patiently for this to happen and know you want to order one now, for delivery in the early fall, by all means contact me. We are presently collecting orders to put in motion a full container. Right now I have room, but if you want a Rebel you shouldn't let too much seaweed under your boots. Only you can make this happen, so if you fall into this category, e-mail me and we'll sort out what you want. Or better yet, go over to our online store and investigate the pricing and options available, then back out of the cart and THEN e-mail me! ;-)
In addition to Kayak Ways, there are some other options for seeing or ordering a Rebel Kayak in North America. I have established three East Coast retail beachheads in Maine, NY, and Florida.
Current Rebel Dealers in the USA that have stock and are in good standing:
Nanuq Kayaking, located in Portland, Maine
Sweetwater Kayaks, located in Clearwater, Florida
Kayak Dov, located in the NYC area
If you are farther afield and/or want your local shop to carry Rebel, or you would like me to talk to them, just drop me a line.