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Sunday, February 28, 2016

New Waka Tuna

News just in from Waka HQ on their new Creeker.

Here's what Sam Sutton had to say about the new design:

"Our main goal when we made this new boat was to improve the things we didn’t like about the Tuna and make something that will be lighter and faster to assemble to fix our production issues we have had from day one. 

The main changes that were made to the hull was

Rounded the nose rails, this has made it much better when paddling straight down the river and not getting pushed on the nose and trying to go straight, it was also hoping to lessen the impact when dropping waterfalls and it feels much nicer to stomp the nose. 

The rocker is a bit more even and now the boat planes much nicer out of drops it holds it speed. 

It will be 3cm longer than the original. 

We have taken all the lines off the top deck to spread the plastic more venially to reduce weight and increase strength. 

There is now 5 alloy handles which make the boat look nicer. 

The cockpit has changed lots now and the thigh braces are moulded in as this was where we lost time in assembly. It also reduces the weight by 1.5kg. 

The seat and pillars are fixed internally to reduce stress on the boat and remove holes through the boat. 

The first two boats we made are 17.8kg and we except production to be 19kg with a solid shell weight."

Personally I loved the original Wak Tuna so I'm anxious to see what they have done with the design.

All going to plan, we should have the new model in stock before the Alpine season starts in May.

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