Fatyak Warranty Registration

Fatyak Kayak & Board Registration

Register your product here to validate the 3yr warranty on your Fatyak product.

  • This can be found on the boat/board itself. If you have purchased a black Fatyak – your unique serial number will be shown in your Fatyak booklet enclosed not on the product itself.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Kingspan Environmental Ltd warrants to the original owner of the Fatyak Kayak that any part of the boat that is defective in material of workmanship will be repaired without charge at Slade Way, Roughmoor Industrial Estate, Wiliton, Somerset, TA4 4TB.
  • This warranty shall apply for a period of 3 years on the deck, hull and parts from the date of retail sale. Any warranties from suppliers of parts supersede the Kingspan Environmental warranty.
  • This warranty covers use under the normal conditions and does not cover damage caused by accident, alterations or misuse.
  • Freight to and from the manufacturing plant is at the owner’s expense. The serial number is located on the moulded-in safety transfer.
  • In the event of a warranty claim we can trace back through our manufacturing process with the unique serial number.
  • In order to be covered by this warranty customers must register their product serial number(s) via this link https://fatyak-kayaks.co.uk/fatyak-warranty-registration/.

Wild Tide Review the Fatyak Samos SUP

Wild Tide Review the Fatyak Samos SUP

Wondering whether to get the Samos Stand up Paddleboard and would like some really in-depth analysis of how the board handles, the pros and cons and how it compares to similar boards on the market? Read on…

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Here are some excerpts from Wild Tide’s review for the Samos SUP.

“When it arrived I was not disappointed. The colour is fantastic. I chose the Light Blue version, however, you can also get this in orange, green, yellow and red. When it arrived, I was dying to try it out and check out the features included. Vicky and I made the most of the good weather this weekend and headed to the beach, SUP included. Out on the water, the Samos proved a success.”Samos SUP

“Now obviously, you wouldn’t compare a £400 10′ sit on top kayak to a £2500 16′ touring sea kayak or even a 5’6″ white water freestyle kayak. So in the same way there is no point comparing the Samos to a fibre glass board or an inflatable one. It’s all horses for courses and they all suit different purposes. Of course you can get lighter, faster and more agile boards, but I honestly don’t know if you can get one that is so accessible and is so much fun. I will be comparing the Fatyak Samos to my other SUP which is rotationally moulded and made by Body Glove.”

Tough, forgiving and fun!

“The big one and it’s a huge one for me, is durability. As far as I’m concerned SUP is all about mucking about on the water, exploring, playing and having fun. The Samos does all these things brilliantly. It is possible explore caves, rocks and every nook and cranny of the shore, safe in the knowledge that you wont do much more than put a little scratch on it. You can hand it over to any family member confident that they wont be able to kill it. You can (and we do this a lot) paddle up next to your friend and jump between SUPs. It’s very tough, it’s very forgiving and it’s very fun.”

Read the full article here.

To view the Samos SUP in our shop, click here.

Happy Paddling!

The Fatyak Team

Related Articles: How to Paddle an SUP in a straight line, Choosing the right SUP Fin

Alternative Boarding with the Hono

The construction of the Hono puts it in a very unique position. Although water is the obvious choice for the board, below we discuss varioud other alternative boarding options. The robust and smooth finish of the board makes it great for a variety of activities, including on sand, snow, grass, as well as water – all of which we have had great feedback about.

Sand

One of the most obvious choices perhaps, being right next to the sea, is sand! Lots of people have come back to us and said that their hono has been a great board for sliding down sand dunes as well as being used on the surf. The polyethylene we use to mould the Hono board means it has a very smooth finish, limiting friction and making it great for sliding across sand dunes. However, the material is also very robust meaning it can resist scratches and damage from sand and rocks.

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Snow

For similar reasons, people have told us they love using their Hono on the snow – meaning that this is a board great for use in both summer and winter! The Hono slides very well across snow due to the low-friction finish, and the attached handles at both front and rear make it great for use as a sled for multiple people. The polyethylene construction means that the board will easily dry out as well.

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Grass

In the UK at least, we aren’t always lucky enough for snow every winter, but do not fear, because the Hono has been found to be an excellent performer on grass slopes as well! Where rocks and mud might be a bit more of an issue here for traditional bodyboards, the Hono’s tough construction makes it much more resistant to damage, and the smooth finish means it can be easily wiped clean of mud afterwards, and is much more stain resistant.

Water

The obvious choice for the Hono however is perhaps on the water. Even here, it excels – during our testing we found that the Hono will remain fully buoyant up until 20kg of pressure, a small amount of water will lap over the top at 40kg, and at 60kg, the Hono will sit just underneath the surface – making it very buoyant and great for surf, paddleboarding, and bodyboarding applications.

And when you want to head back onto dry land, the Hono is great at all kinds of alternative boarding – making it a worthy year-round investment!

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Fatyak Stability

One of the most frequently reported points we receive through feedback is how stable our range of kayaks are. Fatyak stability is vital and we strive to make all of our kayaks easy to paddle, fun, and stable in the water.

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Naturally our kayaks all feature a hull design allowing straight tracking while remaining very stable in the water. However, our different models have different strengths between them, to cater for various types of paddler!

Surf

The Surf is the first kayak we produced – developed back in 2009, and is where we have taken the name Fatyak from. The Surf sits lower in the water than its siblings, and it’s short, wide body makes it excellent for beginners. Perfect for anyone requiring some extra stability and ease of use in order to learn the ropes of the sport.

Kaafu

Next in the series, the Kaafu shares the same ethos as the Surf but portrays this in a sportier fashion. It has longer and more streamlined design allowing for quicker pivots and improved agility in the water. However, the shape of the hull means that not only does it track well, but it also remains stable. This makes it a great all-rounder.

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One success story for the stability of our kayaks is that of Channel Adventure and Channel Training! With a fleet of Fatyak Kayaks, owner Jim Whittaker has found great success in hosting activity days and training courses. This is down to how easy to paddle and stable the kayaks are, and how well they cope with being dragged and loaded onto trailers and vans.

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A real testament to the stability of our kayaks is the increasing amount of people who find them stable enough to stand up and paddle on! Stand up paddle boarding is a rising trend in the industry and we think our Fatyaks fit right in. Our new Samos paddle board has been developed with all of this experience and feedback in mind, which makes it extremely stable yet agile.

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PaddleExpo 2016

As you may or may not know, the Fatyak team recently undertook another adventure to Nuremberg for our 2nd year at the amazing PaddleExpo trade fair, and despite the rather chilly weather its fair to say it was a huge success! As we expected it was a great opportunity for us to spread the word around the world, #fatyaking going global! We were blessed with the opportunity to discuss with representatives from countries such as Germany, France and Norway and even countries from further afield such as Romania, Lithuania and Ukraine which was a brilliant chance for us in our quest to look for partners overseas.

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We were particularly very excited to unveil our SUP board, the Samos. New for 2017 and after a long time in the making, the PaddleExpo really brought it to life as it caused a lot of positive commotion! We were very proud of all the interest the Samos was receiving and are excited for what the coming years hold in store for it.

The PaddleExpo as a whole was a success as always showing a steady increase in visitors from last year with 1550 attendees (1393 in 2015) from 44 nations. Germany held a percentage of 46% of the guests and the majority of others were representing countries such as Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, UK and France followed by Austria, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia and The Netherlands.

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The PaddleExpo will be taking place again next year in the same location between the 19th-21st of September and we very much hope that we can make it again for the 3rd year running!
We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who helped organise the PaddleExpo, all the guests and all of the representatives for making it possible! We are always on a keen lookout for any oversea’s partners and would be very happy to work with anybody who is interested in our products no matter where they are located! Follow this link ( https://fatyak-kayaks.co.uk/international-orders/ ) for details on what we require to make this possible. Keep on #fatyaking !

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SUP Paddleboarding

As it happens, SUP paddleboarding (Stand-up paddle boarding) first originated as a method of canoeing – where individuals would stand on their canoes and use their paddles to propel themselves forwards. This isn’t too dissimilar to how some people use their Fatyaks from time to time, made possible due to the great stability they offer!

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SUP evolved into its contemporary form in Hawaii however, where surfers using very large boards would use a paddle to move themselves around, which was needed due to the increased size of the boards. From around 2005 onwards the sport really began to evolve, with dedicated magazines and schools popping up, and soon championships devoted to the discipline.

SUP involves the use of a larger board, similar to a sit-on-top kayak such as our fatyaks, or a surfboard, and a paddle. The paddler maintains an upright position throughout in order to propel themselves through the water using the paddle. SUP boards come in all shapes and sizes, with some race boards measuring up to 14ft, and a variety of attachments being available, including padded decks, or like our own Samos, a set of padeyes enabling the attachment of a seat.

Unlike paddleboarding (or “boogie boarding”), the user maintains a standing position, and uses a paddle. Unlike surfing, the user uses a paddle. Unlike kayaking, the user maintains a standing position. So you can see that SUP is a natural partner to the above sports, and thus a natural progression for us here at Fatyak to produce our own board, the Samos!

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Similarly to the variation you might find between kayaks, SUP hosts a variety of different applications, including touring, racing, and surfing, as well as boards that are great for general all-round paddling, an attribute boasted by our Samos!

To get started in SUP paddleboarding, you can follow these very basic tips:

  • Launch into a deep enough section of water, so that the fin is not touching the ground.
  • Kneeling on the board, take a few strokes either side to get moving a bit
  • Stand up with your feet parallel to the stringer, one foot at a time
  • Aim to have your feet about a shoulder-width apart
  • Maintain a crouched position, centering your core over the middle of the board.

 

Tidal Forecasting

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There are many elements to a successful fatyaking expedition – packing correctly, being prepared with what you wear, a well maintained kayak, and of course, the weather. But a factor that can be sometimes overlooked is tidal forecasting – knowing when the tide will be at an appropriate level for your planned activities.

Successfully planning a trip around the tide is great – you’ll know when it is high enough to easily launch your Fatyak without the risk of bumping and scraping your way down the beach. Additionally, some coves and areas that you may have wanted to paddle through may only be available at high, or low tide specifically. Travelling through certain areas at low tide could definitely offer some challenges you may rather avoid – so make sure you have a backup plan too!

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In addition to the benefits that can be taken from successful tidal forecasting, there are some dangers to be avoided from paying attention also. Low tide in general could make it rather treacherous to paddle in some areas, as you may be too low to rocks, general obstacles, and the sea bed itself. It’s also worth considering any gear you may leave on the beach if you have travelled in a group or have somebody waiting on the shore – unexpected high tide could see all that being washed away.

The tide works by the moon’s gravitational force pulling areas of the ocean as the earth rotates – so if the moon is directly overheard as you are on the coast, you will experience high tide. Likewise, if the moon is directly overhead on the opposite site of the Earth, you will also experience high tide as the earth is pulled slightly towards the moon. However, depending on the geography of where you are, tides may behave slightly differently due to the shape or gradient of the surrounding coast and land.

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Therefore, with the tides changing every 12 hours or so, you will get two high tides, and two low tides each day. Other factors come into account though, such as the specific position of the moon and the sun, and the different forces that act on tides making a tide book or another source of guidance a very handy investment for forecasting the tide, and making sure it suits your activities.

The UK Hydrographic Office has a great online tool for tidal forecasting, offering predictions for different areas over the next 6 days free of charge. Additionally, tidetimes.org.uk and BBC Weather both have their own offerings, as well as books and smartphone apps being available, which may be more useful if you’re already out on the water – so see what suits you best and take your pick!

Holiday Park and Resort innovation 2016

It has been exciting times here at Fatyak recently as we have been approached by the Holiday Park and Resort Innovation to showcase our products at their trade fair this autumn, in the category of waterplay! The Holiday Park and Resort innovation is an incredible exhibition held at the Birmingham NEC on the 9th and 10th of November. The show is dedicated to showcasing businesses that are a part of Britain’s Holiday park industry in every area whether its amusements businesses or furniture companies. Basically any kind of business you could imagine that could in some way help boost Britain’s holiday park industry.

Therefore, this is a great opportunity for us to show visitors how ideal our Kayaks and boards are for rental fleets and hopefully welcome newcomers to the Fatyak community. We believe our Kayaks are great for the rental market (and a great part of any holiday) due to a number of reasons. For a start we have an incredible array of colours which not only keeps everyone happy but also acts as a good safety feature keeping you visible out on the water. Secondly they’re very easily transportable and stack nicely onto a roof rack and the Kaafu can even fit into the boot of many modern estate cars! Also the amazing stability of our Kayaks out on the water means that they are great for all, whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced Kayaker. Already very popular with paddlers of all abilities, what holiday park wouldn’t want to add them to their facilities and make their offering more attractive to their guests?

We really hope to give the show that edge by showcasing our UK made products to help boost Britain’s holiday park and watersports industry and also make some new friends by spreading the word of Fatyaking.

We hope to see you there!

Details:
– We are at stand 2090 in hall 8 (near theatre 8)
– On the 9th and 10th of November
– At the Birmingham NEC

Channel Adventure Kayaking Experience

Channel Adventure Kayaking Experience
I recently went out with Darren from the Channel Adventures team to get a bit more experience on the water and remind myself what Fatyaking is all about. I was up bright and early at Lynmouth Harbour for 9am, the weather was slightly overcast but none the less we were expected to have some perfect conditions on the water and were fortunate enough to be accompanied by a family of four who were around on holiday and keen to get on the water having had little previous experience sharing two of our Mahee boats.

 

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We each carried our boats down to the water after getting our gear on, and got in to the bottom end of the east lyn river (a river well known around the country for whitewater kayaking!) and having been a while since I’d been on the water it was all a bit wobbly but luckily we all avoided any spillages… for the moment. The plan was to head Westwards along the coast to valley of the rocks where we’d be doing a number of activities and see some spectacular views. One perk of kayaking that I’d never really thought of previously was sight seeing, I’ve been going to Lynton and Lynmouth for years but to see the harbour and the valley of the rocks from a new angle and cliffs inaccessible in any other way but water bound was something else! Usually you climb the rocks and cower over the edge to look down on to the water but being out on a kayak gave a sense of freedom as you could see the unseen side of the cliff. The water was completely flat all day as well making it easy for us to paddle which is something of a rarity and we saw a number of caves and interesting sea birds that you wouldn’t usually see from the land such as oyster catchers (which ironically don’t even catch oysters).

 

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Darren was a great instructor and threw a number of challenges at us, first off was some boat maneuverability in and out of small rocky sections. The Kaafu really proved itself here performing brilliantly in these tight sections, being dynamic enough to move at a quick pace and easy to balance and manoeuvre. Even the Mahee’s weren’t falling behind despite being a much larger boat, they got through spaces which I would have questioned whether or not a single seater could pass through! It was all great stuff and a lot of fun in the waves swirling and breaking up on the rocks giving an entertaining amount of chop.

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After a leisurely lunch on woody bay and seeing the old ruins of lime kilns in the rocks, we were due a surf session. I have to admit the last time I tried kayak surfing I capsized over and over but with Darren’s easy to understand step by step instructions and a bit more time, I think I could have nailed it in no time! I did manage to catch one good wave without resulting in a face plant into the water and I have to say this was probably my favourite part of the day and despite my lack of skill I managed not to get anything wet proving the quality of the water proof hatches. I think I really underestimated the thrill you can get from riding the waves when you get it right! And again the Mahee’s definitely didn’t fall behind despite the extra weight, they capsized less times than me which says something!

 

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Heading back towards Lynmouth the sky started to brighten up and the water became even flatter than it already was, it was incredible to think that in theory even if we didn’t paddle we could sit there and be travelling Eastwards at 2kmh with the tide. Not to mention whilst watching the goats up above on the cliffs getting themselves into all sorts of crazy places. The journey back really was the definition of tranquil. The kayak was comfortable, easy to paddle and very stable meaning I could paddle easily rather than all my movement and energy being wasted on rocking the kayak side to side. Weirdly enough carrying the kayaks back up the rocky and slippery river was something we all found almost enjoyable, by which i mean laughing at each other slipping over. The kayaks weren’t too heavy and Darren showed me a tip of detaching the back rest and threading one of the straps through the carry handle so that I didn’t have to bend down whilst carrying the kayak.

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All in all I had an amazing time and got to spend the day with some great people! The weather was perfect, the water was even better and I’d highly recommend it to anybody looking to get into the water – whether experienced or not! I’d also like to say a huge thanks to Darren and the rest of Channel Adventures for a great day!13962756_1427273160632972_5469008707377756037_n

RNLI Harbourfest 2016

We’ve just completed the second yearly event following the new format for Minehead’s RNLI Harbourfest, and what a weekend! While it would be almost impossible to top the heatwave we experienced last year, the weather treated us all amazingly and plus the event was bigger and better than ever before! Sponsored by ourselves and The Old Ship Aground, we enjoyed yet more stalls and entertainment than before alongside the usual electric mix of live music, Fatyak Kayak races, the Raft Race, and of course – the fireworks. All in aid of raising money to support the RNLI in their key role, supporting what the whole weekend stands for – this year’s Harbourfest truly shaped up to be a great one. Read on for our summary of the event.

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Our second year of the new concept for Harbourfest was a great success overall seeing the addition of many new stalls and entertainers such as Acoustic Roots, Bare Bones Trio and Soulville Express providing fun and laughter for the masses! As well as a point of contact for many community organisations.

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Over at Fatyak we had a great weekend – people were taking to our free Fatyak taster sessions like ducks to water, and Channel Adventure did a great job of getting everyone safely onto the water. As hype began to build up on the day, we saw an increase in the amount of registrants on the day for our Fatyak Races. We were offering a cash prize of £250 for the fastest paddler, as well as a Hono for the fastest female paddler, and a combined adult/child event for the families.

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With safety kindly provided by the RNLI, the course this year consisted of a sprint race to a buoy just past the harbour area, and then back. The fastest overall time was 08:54 set by David Farr for the 2nd year running – the lucky winner of our £250 cash prize! Jane Dunn was our fastest female paddler for the 2nd year running setting a time of 09:55 taking home a Hono board and first place for the family/combined prize went to Jason and Flo Mullet setting an impressive 09:12 – well done to all!

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We had a great time over at our stall chatting to everybody, and showcasing our range of products. It’s great to engage with everybody who gets involved with Fatyak and get some feedback on our line, which we are always looking to improve!

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The Raft Race on Sunday was as exciting as ever, with teams from as far as Hereford entering the professional category. From the local area, we had teams from The Valient Solider, The Rest and Be Thankful, The Black Pig and more going head to head in the course that ran from Butlins to a buoy marked out in the channel, back towards Minehead beach and then finishing up at Minehead Harbour. Our sister company from under the same roof, Deso Engineering, also competed not doing too badly and coming in 9th position, could be worse! Teams competed for an array of prizes generously donated by sponsors and ourselves, and of course, all money raised was in aid of the RNLI. We are yet to find out but we are sat on the edge of our seats hoping that we exceeded the £10,000 we raised last year for the RNLI and all that they do for the public out at sea and will make sure to post the result as soon as possible!

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With such a fantastic atmosphere throughout the daytimes, you might think it could be hard to match when darkness begins to fall – but that certainly wasn’t the case here! The Old Ship Aground did a fantastic job as always of providing some quality live entertainment, with sets from Bare Bones Trio, The Jury, and Snappa on the Saturday, and Acoustic Roots, Little Betty, and Soulville Express on the Sunday. With stage design and lighting kindly provided by New Beginning Productions and weekend-long commentary from Drew Haddon and Josh Searle of Tone FM, the key events of the weekend were extremely well covered.

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We would like to give an extremely special mention to Minehead Motor Factors, who donated £300 to the event in memory of Arthur Talbot. Thank you ever so much!
Last but by no means least, we were lucky to be treated to a fantastic fireworks display, sponsored kindly by the following:
– Derek Merson Used Cars
– CJ Lynch & Sons
– Channel Adventure
– Neil Arnold Tyres
– Fuel Tank Shop
– Lidl
– Echo Beach Café
– Singer Instruments
– Specsavers
– Beaver Ford
– Minehead Quadbike Sales
– House Doctors
– Julians Commercial Laundry Services
– Chanin & Thomas

thank you