Sevylor Inflatable Tahiti Classic Kayak
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- Rugged two-person inflatable canoe for hunting and fishing expeditions
- Bright yellow coloring
- Two specially designed inflatable seats with back support
- Tubular I-beam floor, bow and stern spray decks
- Maximum weight capacity: 400 pounds
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|Item Dimensions||0.01 x 33.07 x 122.05 inches|
|Shipping Weight||24.6 pounds|
It is made of special PVC and is the oldest of all Sevylor boats. Twice traversed the entire length of the Amazon. Produced since 1963, it features an I-beam floor, drain hole with plug, Boston valves, and specially designed inflatable seats with back support, in the traditional classic Sevylor color.
Rugged enough to traverse the entire length of the Amazon river twice, Sevylor's classic Tahiti K79 two-person inflatable canoe comes in bright yellow. Produced since 1963, it features an I-beam floor for extra buoyancy, drain hole with plug, Boston valves, bow and stern spray decks, and specially designed inflatable seats with back support.
- Length overall (LOA): 10 feet, 7 inches
- Beam: 2 feet, 7 inches
- Weight: 25 pounds
- Capacity: 2 persons
- Weight capacity: 400 pounds
In 1948 in Vitry, a small suburb of Paris, France, Berco Grimbert created an electronics company called Societe Electronique de Vitry, or SEVY for short. Soon, a friend of Grimbert's from New York commissioned SEVY to produce high frequency welding machines capable of fusing a new material called PVC (poly vinyl chloride). SEVY's machines worked very well and the American friend developed a very successful business manufacturing swimming pool related products. He then taught SEVY how to work with PVC.
One of the first PVC products SEVY produced was inflatable bathtub called Dou Dou. It was an instant hit in postwar France--mothers could bathe their children even where no facilities were available. The media hailed Dou Dou as a significant invention. Soon, SEVY added small pools and flotation devices such as rings, beach balls, and inflatable swim jackets to its product line. Safe, hygienic products, made of PVC and designed for portability, durability and convenience, became the SEVY trademark.
The company quickly outgrew its small facilities in Vitry. Mr. Grimbert accepted an attractive offer from the French government to take over a defunct textile factor in the tiny Alsatian village of Buhl. After establishing its new headquarters, the company added the letters "lor" to its name, and became Sevylor. In French, l'or means gold. By coincidence, or possibly fate, Sevylor has proven to be "as good as gold" to its owners, retailers, consumers, and employees.
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Inflating it was a problem until we sent away for the Sevylor foot pump, which exactly fits the wide nozzles and fills up the kayak in a jiffy. I still do not know how to fill up the seats adequately -- they have no valve and empty right back out before you can stopper them.
Tightly inflated it is easier to handle, but it is still possible to go right when paddling on the right, if you are sitting oddly! My wife compares it to a Lilo (air mattress).
I still think its portability will find it an exciting niche, like geocaches that must be reached by water. And it's a cheap experiment.
UPDATE: Watch out for mice. Stored this in a shed over winter, only to find a dozen big holes in it this year. So much for our Sevylor kayak. Very delicious for rodents. :-(
So it's just okay from me.