Yet Another Kayak, Elida

posted May 19, 2016, 5:04 PM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Jun 11, 2016, 8:16 PM ]

Recently I drove to the Spokane area to buy a used kayak off Craigslist. The fiberglass Seda Viking was in very good condition, but rather elderly (1993). It's definitely a tracker, sporting a long waterline and essentially no rocker. The front hatch is relatively small and with a small opening. The back hatch is more capacious.

The rigging was inadequate by most standards e.g. no static perimeter lines and no tethers for hatch covers. The rudder controls are the sliding foot pedal style, not at all ideal, but common. This kayak model, first built around 1980 is still in production and has been updated significantly since early on, although the hull seems the same. Unfortunately, I've been told via email from Seda that the newer model still has the sliding foot pedals for rudder control, but certainly the rigging and hatch configuration has been 'modernized'.

Whether reselling this kayak or keeping it as a spare, I felt it important to have add stainless pad eyes for the perimeter lines, good static line, and hatch tethers. In any case, I would consider these changes necessary for safety. Now what? I may try to resell it with those basic shortcomings addressed. Otherwise it will become a spare kayak for visitors. I probably would leave the sliding foot pedals as is – as much as I personally dislike them. Adding a keel strip would perhaps be a good idea and have the added virtue of hiding some cosmetic keel line patches, but only if it remains a spare.

As a spare kayak it should be quite stable and be comfortable for larger paddlers. If it stays here, it will need a name. Delving into Norwegian folklore, there are some references to Viking's first ship, called Elida. That would then be appropriate, Elida.


Update: Elida has been sold to a (relatively) young man. He knew his stuff when examining the kayak and appeared happy with his purchase of a kayak he could actually fit into.