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Mystery


A fast sea kayak optimized for speed and racing

6 mile is 2 minutes in the Mystery Racing Kayak

While the weather is warm enough, I try to get out for a morning work out in some boat. Here I am in my Mystery racing kayak. This was about a week ago. Now the river is starting to ice over.

Paul Hayward - Mystery

Paul Hayward - Mystery

CoastBusters Sea Kayak Symposium (Auckland NZ)
Hob-nobbing with a celebrity kayak

Paul Hayward - Mystery

Paul Hayward - Mystery

Racing in the Cambridge to Hamilton race (on the Waikato River) - did well.

Paul Hayward - Mystery

Paul Hayward - Mystery

New Years Eve - very full of camping gear, food & grog, especially grog.
Mid-way through a 30 km afternoon, up the coast to camp with friends.
Still going quickly with a very heavy load.

Paul Hayward - Mystery

Paul Hayward - Mystery

Built in Auckland New Zealand 2004-12 to 2005-04 - approx 300 hours.
Used for training, racing and touring when I feel brave.
All Western Red Cedar, West Epoxy, 6 oz S-Glass outside, 5.6 oz Carbon-Kevelar inside.
Seat integral with rear bulkhead, large rear hatch neoprene with cedar cover, standard Valley front hatch hidden flush under fore-deck lid.
Hull & Deck 13.5 kg, finished boat(rudder, hatches, deck lines) 17.5 kg.

Mystery

Mystery

Nick paddling the Mystery prototype. The wood is western red cedar with a Cordovan mahogany stain applied. Photo by Carl Tjerandsen

Mystery

Mystery

Testing out the Mystery in waves off Napatree Point