It used to be if you wanted a sea kayak that slipped through the water with a minimum of resistance you'd get a low volume import and put up with a cramped cockpit and precious little room for any gear beyond the barest essentials. And if you wanted a bit of comfort and cargo capacity you had to settle for some hulk of a kayak that handled like a barge and didn't look a whole lot better either. Mariner Kayaks changed all that, and the flagship of our distinguished line of slippery load-moving designs is the Mariner II.
Consider your comfort. The cockpit opening is long enough for quick and easy entry and exit. You can get your legs in or out while seated in the seat. There's no need to sit on the back deck and wiggle in. If you feel like lifting your knees to relax while out on the water, you can. But security is not compromised. A seat with plenty of side support and deeply cut knee braces at the sides of the cockpit allow you to lock yourself solidly in the Mariner II for Eskimo rolling or positive control in difficult conditions. Our knee braces are molded in, an integral part of the deck itself, not glued in later or entirely absent as on many others. There's NO WAY our knee braces can break or otherwise fail in a critical situation.
The Mariner II is a slender, low resistance kayak. Its narrow waterline beam and ideal distribution of buoyancy (prismatic coefficient) allow you to maintain high cruising speeds with the least possible effort. Above the waterline the bow and stern sections flare to full volume buoyancy, providing secondary stability for a solid predictable ride in choppy seas, and lift to keep green water off the deck. Full end sections mean lots of room for cargo as well. You can pack along luxury camps and gourmet food. Your only problem will be your buddies pleading with you to carry all the stuff they can't find space for in their British-style expedition boats.
Comfort, convenience and cargo capacity are only part of the story. You'll keep noticing the famous Mariner handling characteristics as the miles slip by. This kayak responds to command. And it's beautiful! With its elegantly functional design and construction of the finest materials using the latest technology, the Mariner II is a kayak you will paddle proudly for a lifetime of exploring whichever coastlines beckon.
Four kayakers that we know of (in three parties) have ever paddled the entire outside coast between Washington state and Sitka, AK. Significantly, even though we dont sponsor paddlers, three of the four used Mariner IIs. The fourth, well he paddled an original Mariner that was over 15 years old. He bought it used. It had already seen many serious coastal trips (and survived many surf landings), including an early solo trip down the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands. All Mariner kayaks are built to last a long time with minimal or no maintenance so the fact that this well used one was still up to an incredible journey doesnt surprise us at all.
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