F1 Skin-on-frame Kayak

(2 customer reviews)



Built under license from Brian Schultz of Cape Falcon Kayaks

From £2000

Equally at home on quiet estuary back channels, extreme surf and howling winds, glassy high mountain lakes, or long trips down big water rivers with occasional rapids, you’ll be hard pressed to find another kayak that can do so many things so well as the F1.  Comfort, lightweight, manoeuvrability, quickness, cargo capacity, handling in surf and wind, and most importantly, customized to your exact body proportions, the F1 feels like exactly what it is: a kayak designed by paddlers.  Refined over hundreds of copies, we build more of these than any other kayak.  We’ve omitted useless overhanging ends that are a hindrance in caves, tight channels, the wind, and your garage, but left the waterline long enough that you can still punch it up to 5 mph when you need to give it some juice.  Optimized for the normal cruising speeds, the combination of lower weight, a flared hull, and a slightly shorter waterline reduces wetted surface resulting in noticeably less paddling effort.   This combination of playfulness and touring capability means not only can you get where you are going, but you’ll have more fun along the way, and I’m pretty sure that is the whole point of being in a kayak.


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To order a Selkie contact John to discuss the details of your order.

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Selkie is made to measure. This includes variations in length, beam and volume as well as deck fittings and materials


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2 reviews for F1 Skin-on-frame Kayak

  1. Pat Ó Ruadháin (verified owner)

    I just got mine from John a few days ago and I love it so much that I’ve been out three days in a row. It’s light enough to lift single-handed onto the roof of the car which helps a lot!
    It is a bundle of joy on the water – light and quick to accelerate, slices through the water and looks drop dead gorgeous. I’ve had friends try it out and the response is unanimous: ‘I want one!’

  2. Enrica McIntosh (verified owner)

    Nanooq is a lovely, sleek, sexy F1 boat John has custom built for me to perfection. I am not the youngest of paddlers. Nor the thinnest. So the generous cockpit is just ideal. I love the simplicity of this boat. She is shiny red ,extremely attractive and utterly unique. She really comes alive in the water, cutting through it like slicing butter and feeling very stable. . I still need to practice my getting in and out of it without aid, but will get there.
    The lightness of it is also a great perk.
    John has been excellent at listening to my needs, assessing my suitability and at the time of delivery he was of great assistance in teaching me the ropes [including falling in…]
    A boat like this can actually enhance a person’s life, massive fun.
    I do love my Nanooq.

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