A high performance expedition sea kayak for the adventurous paddler.
The Xplore is a record breaking expedition kayak. Its generous load carrying capacity and high cruising speed have made it a favourite with adventurers all over the world. Its ability to accelerate quickly to catch a swell, along with its precise edging control make the Xplore an inspiration for the accomplished kayaker.
Construction & Materials
Tiderace sea kayaks are leaders in the field of composite sea kayak construction techniques and material. Tiderace kayaks have:
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 G-Core builds on the Classic by employing a biaxial glass cloth within the heart of the laminate, encapsulating the core material. Biaxial cloths have straight running fibres running in two diagonal directions – these dense straight fibres increase the fibre to resin ratio and increase the stiffness of the laminate.