We moved to southern California for the year-round sunshine, Pacific Ocean beachfront activities, and unlimited opportunities for adventure, but with two cars and no access to a truck or SUV it can be difficult hauling sports equipment to the beach or local hot spots. Our first purchase, before we even owned a couch, was a surf board. We needed something large since we were beginner, or worse, surfers and hauling around the board proved to be a difficult task let alone getting it strapped to the car. Now that I’m pregnant, surfing is out for a few months but I miss the ocean terribly. I needed an activity where I could still be on the water but I didn’t need to worry about causing stress on the baby. I want to cruise the Pacific Ocean in comfort without hauling along a huge surfboard, paddleboard, or full-size kayak. The Sevylor QuikPak K5 inflatable kayak is the grab-and-go kayak. Portable and lightweight with an integrated backpack storage system, the QuikPak inflatable kayak easily folds up into a backpack and fits into the backseat or truck of our car. Darren can easily transport both kayaks and we can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the marina without worrying about transporting or carrying the kayaks. Gone are the days of longing to be on the water! With the QuikPak, I can still enjoy the Pacific Ocean at my own, pregnant pace. Then, when our precious cargo arrives, we still have a top-of-the-line, durable, portable, inflatable kayak; it’s the best of both worlds.
When we arrived at Dana Point Marina, we just unpacked and inflated the kayaks and we were ready to go! The 1-Person QuikPak holds up to 250 pounds, not that I’m there… yet, and measures 10′ long by 3′ wide. It’s durably constructed of 900D polyester on top, and 1000D x 1000D polyester laminated with 24-gauge PVC on bottom. There’s room for our gear, or food, within the storage area, multiple D-rings, and bungee lacing. A spray skirt provides protection, while tracking fins make for easier steering. A paddle is included, as well as a dual-action hand pump for inflation (although we chose a 12V pump so we could avoid hand pumping). It’s guaranteed not to leak thanks to Sevylor’s exclusive Airtight System, and the boat’s Double-Lock and Mini Double-Lock Valves prevent accidental air loss and ensure quick, easy inflation and deflation. Other features include handles for easy boarding, which are critical at this stage of my pregnancy, a built-in footrest, and a mesh carrying/dive bag.
Darren inflated both kayaks within 5 minutes and positioned mine near the water so I could hop in without difficulty. I used the handles to position myself and gently slide into the kayak. Even with my growing, pregnant belly, I comfortably fit! Although a paddle is included in the package, we chose anodized kayak paddles to make the entire process as easy and enjoyable as possible. With little effort, I was off into the water and enjoying the beautiful California weather. The spray kit kept me dry and the tracking fins made steering a cinch. After two relaxing hours of floating, paddling, and eating a few little snacks, I was ready to return to the shore. I didn’t think I would be able to play in the water again until after the baby arrived, but the Sevylor QuikPak made it possible.Needless to say, I highly recommend QuikPak to anyone looking for an inflatable kayak. It contributed to my endless wanderlust by gliding through the Dana Point Marina, letting me explore the waterways once again.
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Thanks for the heads up on the kayak! My husband and I would definitely be interested in one or two of those. What a great invention. I am glad you wrote about this. I was going to ask. We shall check it out. We have a lot of wetlands, lakes, rivers, and the ocean near us as well. It would fun to get out and take some shots from a kayak. I haven’t done it since college days. I am thinking by the way that you described it, I should be able to get in and out with little effort. Thanks!