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Can I try before I buy?
Yes, in fact we'd recommend it, ultimately the best person to decide if a ski is right for you, is you. We carry demo skis for you to take out for a paddle to help decide the best fit for you. Demo paddles can be on weekends that weather allows, and we are more than happy to load up to bring our skis to you so you can try them out in familiar surroundings in your own back yard! Get in touch to organise a session today.
Can I get my ski in any colour?
Xplora skis are made to order in a range of colours, with buyers selecting a base colour and a contrast colour for the tips and cockpit. If we don't have your desired gelcoat colour scheme in stock, we can source batches for a nominal extra fee.
For Stealth skis, these can also be ordered as custom builds from the Stealth factory in the standard colours available here. Stealths can be produced with hoops, GT stripes, fade ins and with a matching or contrasting tape edge. Other non-standard colours can be done but will incur a surcharge for the purchase of the new pigment. Your Stealth ski would then be shipped on the next available Australian delivery.
How long does a custom build take?
Assuming no unforeseen delays occur at either of the factories, a new Xplora takes about one month, for Stealths the biggest factor in determining your delivery time is the timing of the next Australian delivery. The placement of shipment orders is dependent on current stock levels at Yatala, but can be approximated as being between quarterly and six monthly. Contact us for information on the next expected Stealth shipment.
How stable is a fishing ski?
As with all kayaks the stability a paddler feels is relative to their paddling experience, size , weight and a number of other factors. It is hard to quantify relative stability between brands of kayak but we can compare like with like and give you a run down of how the various Stealths compare to each other by clicking the here. An Xplora 18 would sit between a Profisha 575 and Fisha 555 is terms of the balance between speed and stability.
Does my ski come with a paddle?
Our skis are sold hull-only and not with a paddle. Paddles are a very personal choice rather than a one-size-fits-all option. We would prefer to step you through the process of deciding on the right type of paddle for your needs and budget. Most of the paddles offered in packages with kayaks are on the bottom end of the quality scale and inefficient for use on long trips. You wouldn't put cheap remould tyres on a Ferrari so why skimp on the piece of equipment that gets you from A to B? Check out our options here to get you moving in the right direction!
Can you anchor in a fishing ski?
Yes most of the southern guys switch between chasing tuna and kingies offshore and chasing snapper and flake in the bays so there are times when anchoring is required. Obviously the more width and primary stability in the ski the easier it is to set and retrieve anchor. Perceived stability is often relative to the user, but having said that all of our skis can be anchored off. Wider skis in the range range lend themselves best to being dual purpose. With fibreglass skis having less drag that plastic fishing kayaks you can also get away with smaller anchors - a 1.5kg grapnel will hold you in all but the strongest tide flows in the bays. We can even supply you with a no-drill anchor trolley kit to help you set up for anchoring without having to put holes in your new ski. Check out our Rigging section for more information.
What is the best way to transport a ski?
The idea is to have the best support for the hull you can especially when travelling long distance. A system of kayak cradles is recommended or at least some padding for your roof rack crossbars. A ready made device like a Lockrack are also a good option. Personally I think a J rack system is more suited to plastic craft as skis in that position tend to bob around a lot in the wind. Use cam buckles rather than ratchet straps to secure your ski, ratchets often get over tightened causing stress cracks int he gelcoat. Lastly when placing your ski on the roof racks try to place it so that the foot well and live well venturis are not resting on a crossbar. These parts of the hull have tubing joins to drain water and it is best not to flex the join area if possible.