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jerry borenstein

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Rebel husky kayak
« on: September 16, 2018, 02:53:05 PM »

 So I've had my rebel husky for about 8 months and paddled it enough to offer an opinion. I'll start by saying I'm very happy.
 The Rebel brand is the current iteration of the Tahe brand as far as I've learned. Hese are made in eastern europe i believe. Tahe became well known among Greenland stylists for their very popular east Greenland low volume kayak. They made many other models but I don't know anyone who had one or even heard of them before the Greenlander was introduced.
 For a short time I had one of their older high volume kayaks which I found well made and designed. The Husky, while falling into the lower volume hard chine Greenland catogory has more volume than the Greenlander model. While the profile of the kayak looks a bit like a cetus the cockpit is lower vulume and the deck fore and aft is lower. Dimensions are approximately 17' x 20". Mine is made of Rebel's sandwhich construction which is a layer of some kind of cork sandwhiched between layers of carbon fiber. This was a new build type to me. Weight is about 47 lbs ready to paddle. I wonder what kind of repair it would require if badly damaged. The kayak rolls beautifully which is important to me as i like to play. I have not had it in big conditions yet but in 2 ft confused chop it is predictable and solid.  Like other narrow hard chine kayaks I find that rather than roll side to side in beam waves and chop as a soft chine hull say like my Avocet would it twitches lightly from one chine to the other. I find that by foaming it out for a tight fit I don't notice that. It's only ig I'm a bit loose in the cockpit that I feel it. As for speed my unscientific opinion is that it has a very nice glide and keeps a good pace. I'm not much of a surfer and I've only surfed it in less than 2 foot waves and find it wouldn't be my choice for surfing as it gets nocked around quite a bit more than my avocet. I think when you look at the hull design that would be expected. If you are packing for a trip i guess a couple of days worth of minimalist gear would fit. I hope that offers some useful info and checking the website will be useful.
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