The Xcape is renowned for it's stability, its predictable control in the wind, its ease of tracking and its slippery and efficient hull shape. Designed to take the hardwork out of expeditioning, the Xcape will glide through challenging conditions and while away the km's.
Construction & Materials
Tiderace sea kayaks are leaders in the field of composite sea kayak construction techniques and material. Tiderace kayaks have:
The Best Constructon Technology
A Tiderace sea kayak uses the best construction technology that is currently available. The composite material used in manufacture include woven and directional glass fibre carbon/kevlar combination and woven carbon fibre. Highest quality epoxy resin is used in every laminate and the high bond Ampreg Tie Coat ensures maximum adhesion to the gelcoat. The composite laminates are either moulded by hand or by vacuum depending on the construction type.
An epoxy compatible polyester gelcoat is used which facilitates easy repair should the kayak be damaged in use.
Advanced Deck and Hull Joins
The deck / hull join consists of a quadruple layer overlap join – the deck moulding overlaps the hull, and both inner and outer surfaces are then covered with a glass fibre and epoxy seam. The outer seam is also gelcoated and polished for an immaculate finish.
Tiderace Core Technology (TCT)
All Tiderace constructions employ a lightweight resin filled core material into the middle of the laminate, making a sandwich. This middle core keeps the surfaces apart making the laminate stiff – the outer skin is made robust enough to withstand puncturing and the core sufficiently dense enough to withstand crushing. A core laminate gives the best combination of weight and stiffness.
The most affordable of the Tiderace constructions, the Classic employs multiple layers of woven glass hand laid with epoxy resin and incorporates a core in the flatter hull and deck sections. Extra localised reinforcing is employed in high stress areas, including around the cockpit and at the ends. Composite glass bulkheads are bonded and laminated into place, ensuring a flexible yet secure fixing.