BTD Spray built winter/spring of 2014.
Around Christmas of 2013 I was approached by Zack in Tennessee to build him a surf ski with a kayak deck. For training during the colder months of the year he wanted the performance of a ski (high speed, stability and maneuverability) but in a package he could roll. I took the base Spray design, lengthened it and narrowed it so it was similar to the Spindrift and then added an enclosed kayak cockpit.
Spray is a shorter and wider version of the Spindrift – for those who would sacrifice a little top speed for stability. This makes it ideal for touring, and work-out in conditions (winter, wind-waves etc) where a tippier ski would be a challenge.. Designed by Björn Thomasson Design, Lund, Sweden.
I was able to paddle the boat for the first time a little Thursday evening. I was able to do a 5.1 mph avg up stream (only 2 miles) and 6.6 mph avg down stream. I should of done better both ways but was tired from a weekend + of hard bike rides. The boat sprinted up to 8.2 mph going cross stream. I will hopefully have more numbers as I get more time in the boat. It handles well and is very stable even leaned over. While leaning over it doesn’t want to tip further than leaned or force its self back flat. I was able to paddle then coast and lean far enough to bring water into the bucket… Pretty impressive for me and not having knee pads. I hope to get to try and roll the boat soon.
If you need more specific details or pictures let me know and I’ll share any info/feedback that I have.
I wonder how the boat would of felt at 18 in wide and of the hull was a little flatter with less rocker. But I assume as it is now will do great in ocean conditions but would be a little faster on flat water with a flatter hull… Kinda wish I was more advanced and versed in ocean travel to give better feed back.
The rear two hatches have great storage room. I did a small over night this past weekend. I have not used the front yet. The cockpit worked out great for leg drive.
– Hatches: Flush wood lids held with internal bungees using carbon fiber support lips and hardware. Internal tethers and pull tabs.
– Coaming: Solid carbon fiber (twill weave)
– Outfitting: Fiberglass tube fittings with 3/16″ polyester cord. Black walnut sliders. 1/4″ bungee cord elsewhere.
– Completion: April 2014
|Design =||Modified Björn Thomasson Design “Spray”|
|Length (Overall) =||19′-11.5″ (608 cm)|
|Beam (Overall) =||19” (48.2 cm)|
|Fore Deck Height =||12.2” (310 mm)|
|Aft Deck Height =||9.1” (230 mm)|
|Prismatic Coefficient =||0.55|
|Finished Weight =||36.0 lb (16.4 kg)|