23 August 2009

Tahe Marine Greenland: first impressions

This is the first Tahe Marine kayaks Greenland landed in Australia.
The proud owner Brian Towell is ecstatic about it.
Chick magnet (c)
chick magnet, the kayak, I mean :-)
I am not a car man but I got to say that this combo (sports ute and that black "needle" on the rack) is positively a poser look (not saying that Brian is one, quite the opposite)

Greenland top view (c)
deck (paddle by Elverpaddles.com)
The finish on the gel coat is impeccable (hard to pull off a perfect finish on a black boat).
The external seam between deck and hull is a tiny 1/4" (not sure if there is any fibreglass tape there) but the interior one seems solid. All of the inside of the boat is painted to prevent any possible fibreglass splintering.
The seat is rather minimalist but offers a great shape and support for the medium size butt (arbitrary measurement :-)

how's this for low volume! can't even fit a six pack :-)

maybe size 11 (US) with thin booties?
I would raise the pegs to have the ball of my feet resting, not my heels..
The Greenland is a low volume boat, seriously low.,
Laybacks in that kayak are done without too much curving of the spine and full contact on deck is possible.
Needles to say that a kayak with such low rear coaming won't have a lot of freeboard.
Brian is not a big guy and there was only centimeters left between the deck and the water.
Any edging of the boat would flood a cockpit if there was no skirt, but who would paddle a kayak like this without one.
Speaking of skirts only a "miniskirt" is required (ocean style cockpits).

Greenland size comparison (c)
size comparison: VCP Aquanaut, Tahe Greenland, SeaBird Northsea
When compared in size to a British style kayak, the Greenland was dwarfed.
There is not a lot of room in that kayak.
Unless you are willing to go "commando" a camping trip is out of question :-)

Greenland reflection (c)
Freeboard is low. Wearing that skirt is essential.
The kayak glides effortlessly on calm water creating very little turbulence.

Interestingly enough the Greenland is not just at home in calm waters.
Brian had great fun playing in the tidal flow next to a rock wall.
He said that attention is needed when edging because the kayak is not very forgiving with it's hard chined hull: a little edge means a sharp response.
There was a brief surfing session in 3-4' rolling waves that were braking.

While not exactly a surfing kayak the Greenland was still OK in the waves and Brian did not complain that boat broaching any more then his Aquanaut.
Tess Dodd also had a go rolling the Greenland.
It looked effortless.
Anybody that tried the kayak that morning said that it is a dream roller.
The ocean cockpit offers great contact with the thighs/legs and the very low volume kayak is easily rolled.
Laybacks are for once realistic without hurting your back.
Tess skulling Greenland (c)
Tess skulling the Greenland

Tess rolling the Greenland
The Tahe Marine is not a "one kayak does it all" kind of boat but more likely an addition to a quiver unless your only game on the water is rolling.

PS Silvio Testa's impression here

PPS MAY10: improved skills on the second test paddle here


  1. Great Kayak, indeed. I want to get it, too.

    Greetings from Berlin, Germany

  2. Hey thats a nice paddle to go with a pretty nice boat :)


  3. Hi again, my girlfriend is a very small person. 155cm, 48kg. What do you mean, could this Kayak fit for her too?
    Greetings Michael

  4. Michael, I can't think of production kayak smaller than the Tahe Greenland, maybe the VCP Anas Acuta.
    The low deck and very close to the water position would probably be ideal for a small paddler however it's a bit tender on the "initial stabilty" (if she is new to kayaking it might take her a bit of time to get used to)

  5. The "Skill Level" of her is very high ;-)
    I have the Anas Acuta in Plywood and she can handle it quite good.
    Thank you for the quick answer.

  6. Nice smooth lines. Probably not a tripping boat but exciting to paddle I am sure. Must almost roll on it's own.


  7. Nice! Have had a Tahe Greenland some months now, still struggeling when there are waves and winds from the aft, but I'll manage! :-) It's a dream for rolling and playing. The footrest: change right and left side, and wow: it's right! Just 4 screws at each slide. But you might need help from someone with long arms.. :-)

  8. I have a Tahe Greenland here in Victoria (BC) and it is a great boat. I have found that it is good in rough water (as long as you can get in somewhere calm!) I like Irene's idea about the foot pegs and will find someone with long arms and/or small shoulders!

  9. The greenlander is more compact than the Anas acuta, it is slightly faster, not so versatile, the Aa is undoubtedly the best boat to be in when things get rough, but such fun as a day boat.

    The footrests are reversible, so you can have the footpegs up or down, or in the middle, but it is a fiddle to delve deep inside to undo and tighten them. Not something you would want to do very often.

  10. and the folk that can't fit the Greenland or Greenland T, Tahe has now something for the big guys: the Zegul 520. More details at: http://gnarlydognews.blogspot.com/2010/10/test-zegul-520-lv.html


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