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Review | 2014 Fatyak Kaafu Kayak

Key Features

The handles at the bow and stern of the Kaafu are moulded in as part of the design, rather than being fitted externally and two balanced handles at the sides are also part of that design-process.

The scupper holes feature drainage channels which should aid with keeping you dry and the scuppers can also be fitted with plugs to assist with this in choppy water.

The footwells are staggered and the cockpit is wide and spacious - certainly more so than some of the other brands that we've previously used.

Note that the screw-in drain plug should be opened occasionally as a small amount of water ingress is possible over-time, as with all sit-on-top kayaks.

The fixtures and fittings of the Kaafu are as we've come to expect from Fatyak: a range of high-quality padeyes and recessed deck-loops, fitted with moulded-in brass anchors which provide unsurpassed leak protection. And rust-resistant stainless-steel screws are used throughout.

If you decide to fish from the Kaafu that large, secured rear section should provide useful storage for tackle and bait and the kayak can be kitted out with two flush-mounted rod holders from the factory. The scupper holes are designed to take a fish-finder and there is an additional mounting for a RAM or Scotty rod holder and GPS.

Launching

The conditions weren't ideal - but they have remained turbulent for the past few weeks and it was time to get the Kaafu wet!

The moulded in handles make this a very comfortable boat to move on shore and it feels lighter than the 20kg it weighs. It's actually half a kilo heavier than an Ocean Kayak Frenzy, yet it felt easier to lift. On a kayak trolley and with a strap fitted to the front handle, it was easy to pull to the beach.

Fatyak Kaafu

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