When you need to have maximum storage capacity, good speed and uncompromised performance in an exploring adventure situation, the Abel Explorer is the boat of choice.
Sydney Harbour Kayaks has a Safari H2O Abel Explorer plastic sea kayak in our rental fleet that you can test paddle / try before you decide, then order your own brand new one.
Price: $2,200 + shipping from our supplier in Victoria
Length: 5.2 m (17')
Beam (width): 58 cm
Weight: 25 kg
Material: plastic (polyethylene)
Cockpit length: 83 cm, cockpit width: 41 cm
Recommended maximum capacity: 150 kg (paddler plus gear)
About this model:
A fast and stable adventure kayak that will fit all your gear. Designed for serious exploring and touring. The 58 cm-wide beam makes this model study and predictable on the water. It's 5.2m-long waterline means the Abel Explorer will maintain speed and efficiency through the water when paddling medium to long distances.
Fitted with a rudder so you can stay on-track or turn easily. Rudder-style: retractable, so you can tuck it up when launching/landing; deployed with a pull-cord beside the paddler's waist.
About the name:
Abel Tasman was one of Australia's most famous maritime explorers, and this boat is named after him. It’s also an able boat, whether Abel by name, or able by nature.
- A full-length sea kayak with good speed and hull stability,
- Two large storage compartments and an additional day hatch,
- A large cockpit for easy entry/exit,
- Adjustable thigh braces, allowing you to fit the kayak to your body perfectly,
- Adjustable seat for good lumbar support,
- Foot-operated retractable steering rudder,
- Deck lines, allowing the paddler to grab on easily and safely in the unlikely event of a capsize.
- Bungee deck rigging for stowing accessories,
- Built-in safety floatation thanks to the bulkheads, which create floatation chambers.
Benefits of plastic kayaks:
- Offer a cost saving for paddlers as they are less expensive than a composite (fibreglass/Kevlar/carbon) boat,
- Are extremely durable and forgiving if/when they strike a rock (or get dropped in a parking lot while loading/unloading).
If you have come on the Sydney Harbour Kayaks FREE Learn to Kayak Lesson and FREE Kayak Safety Lesson, then you might have used a Safari H2O kayak already. We use the Coorong, Breakwater and Abel Explorer, as well as the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 and 165 models on our group lessons.