Considering the strength and durability of this yak, twenty-seven pounds is really, really light.
The Hughes Brother with the most time in the Driftsun Voyager? That would be James. Quiet, studious, painterly James. Brother James, he paddles for inspiration, for another up-creek look at the trees he paints. With some success we might add. A gallery in New York represents Jimmy’s treescapes.
The man needs no leaks.
Jimmy’s garage to Jimmy’s old Ford truck to Jimmy’s private place on Bachelor Creek.
Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak Specs:
As his brothers know, the man is not to be messed with when the spirit moves him. He’ll inflate his Driftsun Voyager from pre-inflated measurements in its carry bag of only 26(L) x 16(W) x 8(H) and, with five minutes on the included high-flow double-action hand pump, that puppy has blown up to 120(L) x 35(W) x 16(H). At six-foot-plus, our brother fits just very nicely, thank you.
Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak, The Tarp:
Then, the tarpaulin takes hold.
The Voyager operates with a heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin bottom that rides along underneath our guy with durable, all-day, year-round protection from punctures. The double-threaded Boston valves are guaranteed not to leak. Not ever. And over it all: tough 840D-coated nylon oxford fabric will talk back to rips, just fairly well laugh at potential tears.
For an inflatable, expect – as does our brother – maximized performance.
The Voyager comes together in such splendid ways. It’s bow, pointy and then some, works with the boat’s rocker profile to give any old water-wandering painter a fine set of performance factors in seas – okay, lakes – by turns calm and choppy. Choppy as can be.
A removable deep fin delivers responsive tracking, quick movement toward a tree that has just cut old James’ eye.
Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak Comparison:
Even artists need to be practical. Much like the Driftsun Voyager.
It’s all here. For the price, just the right combination of comfort, ease of maintenance, ergonomics, the whole deal. The side tubes count for some serious volume, big-time stability and buoyancy, just what old Norman Rockwell needs while his mind and hands are preoccupied with other things.
The seats, EVA padded, adjust. To Norm’s . . . er . . . Jimmy’s mind, they adjust quick and true. And they stick around, bringing all-day, high-back support for easy cruising day to day, season to season.
The paddles are solid. Propulsionary. With ergonomic grip handles.
Bow handles, bow and stern, make the carrying easy, the way forward and true.
Storage is ample, accessible, and bungeed.
Two velcroed oar holders mount on each side for paddling to or fro.
Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak Accessories:
Oh, and the accessories: the worthy young pump (already mentioned), a repair kit, and a travel bag. All there, all good, all the time.
A plug for the plug.