FirstLight Kayaks have used an innovative engineering approach
and introduced new materials to produce a range of folding
kayaks that are both strong and exceptionally light. With
slender lines and a design which maximises the boats
water-length, these kayaks are fast and easy to paddle. FirstLight
kayaks have used only top quality materials and components
which have been selected to provide optimum strength and durability
while minimising the weight.
The hulls on our kayaks are made from incredibly tough and
elastic urethane film which will stretch to over 200% of its
original dimension and still return to its original size.
This elasticity has two important benefits:
- It enables us to cut the entire hull from a single piece
of material, meaning there are no seams under the waterline.
- It means that when the kayak encounters an object it is
unlikely to penetrate through the hull. Instead, the hull
stretches at the point of impact and then regains its original
The hull will also resist abrasion and scuffing for many
years and will not weaken or split despite repeated cycles
of use and storage. In the unlikely circumstance that the
hull is cut, the cut will not tear or run and can be easily
field-dressed using duct tape and long term repairs can be
made using sealing tape and/or the material in the repair
kit supplied with each boat.
The standard hulls supplied with each boat are strong enough for
most uses however for those seeking additional strength, we
offer optional keel strips. These consist of two additional layers
of urethane, running approximately three-quarters of the length of
the length of the kayak, which are bonded to the inside of the
hull and positioned to rest under each of the two keel rods.
Please contact us through at email@example.com for more details.
Black hulls are standard in FirstLight kayaks with clear hulls
as an option on all models. The clear hulls will perform to
the same high standards as the black ones, though the urethane
will yellow somewhat with age, especially if left exposed
to sunlight. Please note that the keelstrip option is not
available on clear hulled boats.
Our decks are made from a three layered composite polyester
fabric with a 1000 denier rip-stop. We chose this material
for its strength, light weight and water proof (to 100 psi)
You will note from the photos and videos on this web site
that we have experimented with several colors as we have developed
our kayaks and we have settled on red as the color for our
kayaks. We would love to be able to offer more colors (and
will do so as soon as possible) however for the moment the
economics of minimum order runs imposed by our suppliers mean
we are restricted to one color.
As with the hull, and damage to the deck can be field patched
using duct tape and longer term repairs can be done using
the material supplied in the repair kit.
Our kayak skins are fitted with 10 pairs of D ring attachments
which enable you to rig a range of deck fittings to suit your
requirements using either the deck cord supplied with the
boat or by adding additional cord.
The ends of the kayak are protected from impact damage by
injection moulded urethane caps which are permanently bonded
to the outside of the skin.
Our use of Carbon Kevlar rods is the key to providing the
ultimate in light weight folding kayaks. Not only are these
rods light and strong, but they provide excellent torsional
rigidity. For ease of assembly the rods are shock-corded and
tipped with color-coded end pieces moulded from the same tough
material as the cross ribs. Because there is no metal in these
rods, they can be left assembled for some time without the
Cross Ribs and End Frames
Our cross ribs are exceptionally strong and are moulded from
Dupont Zytel® Super Tough nylon. This material is virtually
indestructible and will not crack or break under any circumstances
we can foresee, however the ribs will flex to allow the rods
to conform to the shape of the kayak.
The 3-dimensional shape of the bow and stern is formed using
light weight moulded foam end units. They cushion and protect
the inside of the skin from damage caused by chaffing from
the frame and reinforce the bow shape.
Our seat is made from the
same light weight closed cell foam as the end caps and is braced by a
pair of webbing straps which connect to the foot rest.
Our foot rest is made from a light weight Kevlar tube
covered in foam.
Knee brace rods
To provide additional bracing we supply two foam covered rods
which fit into the groove in the forward main cross rib and
can be adjusted and held using a cleat attached to the cross
Our coaming system is a unique solution to the problem of
providing a rigid coaming which will hold a spray deck in
dumping waves and yet can be packed easily and carried comfortably
on your back. We use lightweight fiberglass rods held in place
inside a marine grade vinyl sleeve by anodised aluminium sleeves.
The tensioning system is one of the innovations in all FirstLight
kayaks. There are two components to the system which tensions
the kayak skin and frame. Firstly the longitudinal rods are
expanded and held in place by a set of clips near the stern.
Secondly the structure is stabilised using a webbing system
which runs from bow to stern under the cross-sectional frames.
The webbing is tensioned to limit hull flex and control rocker.
We offer a two year warranty on all parts and workmanship
in our kayaks. If you have a problem please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have put a lot of time and thought into the design and
construction materials used in our kayaks and we want to ensure
your FirstLight experience is trouble-free.