The Gecko is one of the best estuary kayaks around. It is at home in all different types of water, flat-water rivers, lakes, small rapids and on the ocean if conditions are fair. It's the perfect all-rounder but shouldn't be mistaken for a true expedition sea kayak.
The Gecko has all the features and characteristics that an experienced paddler would look for. It is very responsive, turns extremely well and has a great feel. The bow of the Gecko is shaped so as to cut and lift above oncoming swell, whilst deflecting water away from the boat, so that the paddler remains dry. This is a kayak that you must try. Get the true feel of it and you will love it.
I paddled the entire length (500kms) of the Blackwood River, through shallows, tight turns, thick trees, grade 2 rapids, flat pools and wide estuary waters, taking 8 days. It was the perfect kayak for such a trip. (Read my story on the Expedition Page.)
The Gecko has 2 sealed storage compartments that provide room to store camping gear for 1 to 8 nights out depending on the climate, but doesn't have the storage space for super long expeditions.
It has a lift up rudder, full deck rigging, a perimeter safety line and toggles (for rescuing and carrying). The rudder lift/down control is situated on the back deck behind the cockpit.
This is one of my favourites and it's Australian Made.
- Depth: 34 cm
- Cockpit: 50 x 86 cm
- Hatches: Front - 18 cm round
- Rear - 41 x 23 cm oval
- Dry Storage: Front - 50 litres. Rear - 85 litres
- Capacity: 140 kg* * Depending on water conditions
- 10 Year Warranty on materials and workmanship
(Like any kayak that is taken miles from the nearest shoreline, although experienced paddlers may have no difficulties, Novices should not attempt paddling in rough seas.)