|Yesterday, on the "secret" beach (it's not always there)|
on Saltspring Island.
Let's try another one, and make it a little easier. If a sea kayak already looks cool, and you add graphics from "Art and Sea" in Oban, Scotland...does it look even cooler?
The answer: Yes.
Do these graphics improve the hydrodynamic and hydrostatic behaviour of the kayak hull in a variety of wave conditions? Well, I'm not an engineer but, yeah, pretty sure they do. How about kayak form coefficients? Improvement there? Of course, totally!
OK, so this little story began back last fall, in Scotland. I was trying to find a couple of good quality decals of a Celtic knot to apply to my Atlantis Spartan VI kayak. Alas, it seemed there were none to be found that were the right size and anywhere near durable enough to place on the kayak hull. After returning to Canada, I asked the question of other sea kayaking bloggers, "Any ideas?" Within hours, Sarah, from Sarah's Soggy Scenarios had the answer. She suggested checking out "Art and Sea" in Oban, on Scotland's wild, west coast. Perfect, thanks Sarah. (As it turned out, we had spent a week there but didn't think to look - too busy looking enviously out to sea as other kayakers enjoyed the magnificent local waters.)
|"Maori Circle", on the bow.|
|"Celtic Waves", amidships.|
|A third Celtic knot on the front deck, and another small addition...|
..."Bratach rìoghail na h-Alba"
|Even the Royal Canadian Navy / Marine Royal Canadienne|
cruised by, just to inspect the new graphics!
|The crew of the Orca Patrol Craft Training Vessel 61,|
gathered on deck at the stern, giving the "thumbs up"!
|...but back again soon.|
As for "the tree that falls in the forest", hmm, still working on that one. :)