Why choosing Hobie kayaks for an outdoor center above the polar circle ? In the first place, it was  from an explorer and adventurer point of view. More than 20 years of polar expeditions give a certain field experience. We had to find the smartest way to access the remote areas of Tromsø’s wild coast and maintain a high level of security, comfort and enjoyment while travelling around in an environmental-friendly manner.

We opted for the double-seater “Hobie Tandem Island”. This expedition craft perfectly suited our needs and fits both for beginners and confirmed sailors. Solid, comfortable, easy to handle, stable, fast and safe, this hitech hybrid trimaran can travel long distances using the wind or leg power at approximately 5 knots effortlessly. This kind of propulsion is particularly adapted to navigation in the fjords. The carrying camping gear capacity is 100 kilos and so the degree of autonomy is high.

Floaters provide a perfect stability and trampolines stretched between the crossbeams add space for tying up waterproof bags. The “pilot” seat is on the deck and therefore remains isolated from the cold water.

Technical information, Hobie Kayak «Tandem Island»

Compartments inside the central hull provide more space for gear storage and also ensure greater buoyancy for the vessel. Both cockpits have steering and sail-control lines, so it is easy to spend time taking pictures while making way. Stowage pockets can be used to keep essential items easily accessible (sunglasses, camera, water bottles, granola bars, etc.).

Kayak’s aficionados will greatly appreciate this different craft for its versatile qualities during the expedition : range, navigation abilities, autonomy, stability, safety and carrying capacity without forgetting the pleasure of gliding along. The hybrid sailing kayak will allow them  to spend holidays with someone who would not dare to embark on a traditional kayak due to lack of experience or fitness level. On that aspect, the sailyak’s user range is greater. The enjoyment of outdoor activities, camping and exploring very close to water level remains the same as in kayaking, even though both activities are unique.