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 Post subject: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:51 pm 
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Just saw an ad for this. Looks terrific. Has anyone here tried one?
https://www.seaeagle.com/RazorLite/393rl

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:32 pm 
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Short review:
http://www.paddling.net/message/showThread.html?fid=advice&tid=1768588#1778865

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~'91 Klepper A2 w/ BSD schooner rig.
'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: Early '90s Old Town Canoe.
Previously owned '04 Pakboat Puffin II and '05 Swift (prototype), as well as an '84 Hobie 16.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:39 am 
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Just saw they have an 'XL' 473 on the way too.
I give it a virtual review on my blog. Same weight and price as my Seawave but I bet it will be faster.

There's another actual review of the shorter one here.

Could be a game changer for IKs

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:22 am 
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Location: vienna/austria/europe
Hi

are there other dropstitch-kayaks availible?
Similar to the razorlite but with v-shape hull, because i do not prefer piroque-shapes for rough sea.

I'm looking for a kayak in dropstitchmaterial similar to a seakayak, deck similar to seawave/pakboat-xt-concepts.

Is dropstitchfabric ok for selfbuilding? Hints of welding/glueing availible?

br hannes-vienna/austria/europe


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:10 am 
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I've continued to check in on that market occasionally. It appears that Razorlites are still the only game in town, except I saw that one company is manufacturing a "drop-in" dropstitch floor, so that one can stiffen up one's existing inflatable.

In terms of hull-form, I found that my Puffin II, which had similar hullform (flat bottom, symmetric double-end) to the Razorlites, was quite good in the ocean. It rode well over the tops of 4 foot swells, and was the best boat for capsize recovery that I've ever been in (could empty it of water before re-entry with one hand, while treading water).

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~'91 Klepper A2 w/ BSD schooner rig.
'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: Early '90s Old Town Canoe.
Previously owned '04 Pakboat Puffin II and '05 Swift (prototype), as well as an '84 Hobie 16.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:14 am 
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Chris, I had also a swift. I sold it 1 week ago.
it is a really goot kayak. I don't know why Pakboat is not producing this boat.
the razorlite has a simliar hullform like the puffin???
I tested last year the small razorlite and didn't hav this feeling.

my mainproblem of the razorlite is that the hull is more a siton than a sitin-kayak.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:34 pm 
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Aside from the configuration as a sit on, what did you think of the performance of the razorlite? How does it compare with the Gumotex inflatables?
thanks
Bernie

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:56 pm 
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Dschin-- you would know far better than I. I have never seen a Razorlite "in the flesh", so I'm interested to hear your paddling impressions, and glad to have my misperception corrected.

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~'91 Klepper A2 w/ BSD schooner rig.
'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: Early '90s Old Town Canoe.
Previously owned '04 Pakboat Puffin II and '05 Swift (prototype), as well as an '84 Hobie 16.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:39 am 
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i will try it to write down my feeling

I tested the razorlite last year (spring) at river danube (current 5-6 km/h) wind vers current, short high waves
double and single paddle
the first feeling was a stable boat more canoe like.
I could go against the current. with the current against the wind it became wet (no spraydeck :( )


the boat was rigid - more then the seawave

when i used the single blade I raised the seat. I think that the single blade (bentshaft) had a better performance.

I think that the razorlite combined with a deck like puffin will be ok, otherwise it is a "sunshinboat" (drops from the paddle cause wet shanks-even when you use droprings. I think there is no offer for a deck

speed aprox the (under solopaddler)

place between the sponsons: big plus for the razorlite. the razorlite is a siton-, the deawave is a sitin-kayak

contra: the price - in chech you will get a seawave with single and double deck for aprox 900 eur, the price for a razorlite is aprox 1900 eur.

I didn't test the manner when touching rough stones, but I think theat the seawave will spring back. so you have to be more carefully when using the razorlite


with the seawave(2013 prototyp) i played in the biscaya near coruna and never had problems but fun. I do not think, that I will repeat this game with razorlite, because the shank-connecting to the boat is not availible. the razorlite offers a good stability at the beginning but with higherwaves from the side the razorlite will become tippy

OK - it was a short test (~ 1 hr) on a river.

*g*@ seaeagle: if I get a boat at no charge for testing I will do that down the river Danube to the black sea in 2016(june > begin september) - aprox 2000 km. - updrade to an expedition version (deck ala packboat, deckrigging, lifeline) will be made by me - long review will follow
I will do that as member of the TID(http://www.tour-international-danubien.org/tour/pdf/TID_A_short_overview2.pdf), where more then 100 paddlers will join (folders, hardshell, IK) - good PR if the boat is OK


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:07 am 
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Thank you very much for that review! I hope that SeaEagle takes you up on your offer-- I think it's a good one.

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~'91 Klepper A2 w/ BSD schooner rig.
'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: Early '90s Old Town Canoe.
Previously owned '04 Pakboat Puffin II and '05 Swift (prototype), as well as an '84 Hobie 16.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:11 pm 
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I willl write an E-Mail to them *g*


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:46 pm 
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there is also a 420cm kayak availible.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Eagle Razorlite
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:08 am 
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The Razorlite looks very much to me like the traditional bateau, a simple, flat-bottom paddling craft still found on the bayous and swamps of southern Louisiana. Should be a good inflatable for messing about on protected waters.


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