| A high performance coastal touring & rough water sea kayak
The Xcite is designed as a fast yet manoeuvrable costal touring kayak. At home playing in rough water, equally comfortable carving turns through rock gardens, the Xcite has ample storage for week long trips. Its high stability and quick turning response make this boat a joy for those paddlers looking to improve their skills and take on advanced conditions.
The Xcite has been in development since it was originally designed by Aled Williams in 2001. This final version is totally redeveloped through the use of CAD design software and a new wood strip plug was made. The Xcite now benefits from a more refined hull design: waterline volume distribution has been equalised, waterline length increased by 3" (80mm), lowering of waterplane(cwp), prismatic(cp), midship area(cx) and block(cb) coefficients and finer Half Angle of Entry and Exit, giving a more efficient hull. The bow volume has been redistributed to reduce slamming in choppy waters and the stern area shaped to reduce squatting of the stern while paddling forward. The rear deck has been raised to increase stiffness and storage, a fore-deck hatch added and the bow hatch profiled to ease vacuum construction. The final version of the Xcite is faster and more efficient while still retaining volume, stability and the seaworthy rough water handling performance is has become renowned for.
Length: 17' 2" (5250mm)
Width: 21" (530mm)
Volume: 12.9ft3 (0.366m3)
Cockpit: 34.5"x19" (870x490)
Depth: 12" (310mm)
The Xcite is suited for paddlers ranging between 5' 5" and 6' 2", and weighing up to 224 lbs (16stone). The Xcite can accommodate large feet. The Xcite may be used as a "day boat" by taller / heavier paddlers.
The Brief: Design a touring sea kayak with playful performance and the best handling in rough seas.
This kayak should fit paddlers 5 4 to 6 2, capable of week long expeditioning, be stable and responsive in rough conditions, set new performance levels for playing on the sea.
Notes from the Designer: I consider myself very lucky to be born and brought up in Holyhead, the sea conditions around the islands make for a perfect sea kayak play ground. To take best advantage of the strong tide around Anglesey, you need a special kind of boat. The most exhilarating thrill for me is paddling out to a tide swept headland and surfing its overfall and tidal race. The power of the sea is evident here, its in your face, its all around. It pushes me to new limits, it occasionally allows me to think that I can master it, but never for very long. The Xcite is my choice boat here, and its all about having a reserve, a performance margin and a comfort zone. This final computer generated hull of the Xcite gives the boat more speed, a tighter carving arc, equalised longitudinal balance and a stable and more progressive edging characteristic.
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