Feedback from Torleif Holm
Torleif Holm from Trondheim bought an East Greenland kayak from kajakkspesialisten in 2006 and writes:
Thanks for the inspiring meeting we had in your impressive workshop. Thanks for being a kind host, too. Now I've tried it [Editor's note: The kayak] on flat water. Unsurprisingly, it was more wobbly about the center than I'm used to, but it gave very good support once I leaned over somewhat. The carving turns were a bit unusual to begin with. (I'm used to lifting with my knee and pressing the side down.) Here I just had to think about tilting and the gunwale came under water. After a good hour of paddling in the canal and harbour I began to feel that stability was safe and predictable. The craft is easily manoeuverable, stays on course and is fairly fast. It's almost too good to be true. It's blessedly easy to propel. There was a storm warning here for today, but the trip passed in complete calm, so I don't know about the response to side winds yet. When I got back to the dock, I took a few rolls, and they were easy. Also, I did not have any problems maintaining balance when I got up, either. You're right that it's very easy to tilt the kayak and lie sideways on the surface of the water. I didn't quite dare to stop sculling, but I didn't need to scull very much. Now I'm looking forward to trying the kayak in some wind and waves!
PS: I was out paddling alone this morning, so I didn't get a picture of the kayak on the water, but it's coming!
I'm very satisfied with the kayak. It seems like it'll be easy to keep pace with other (some stronger and more experienced) paddlers. It would be an honour to appear on your web page. That's actually the moon you see on the picture. Looks like I got some help with my rolls from the moon's gravitational pull......
Greetings from Torleif
A new apprentice!
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