Coaster kayak by Mariner

Rob Evans

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$1,100

Mariner Coaster sea kayak for sale. I had this boat custom built by Cam and Matt Broze from Seattle in 1996 but haven't used it all that much due to health issues. It is scratched up a bit (cosmetic scratches), but is in excellent condition. The hull is double reinforced for wave play along the rocky California coast. It is 13.5 feet in length. It has new floatation bags.

From Cam:
Designer's Statement:
"I designed the Coaster for extreme conditions on open coasts. When introduced in 1985, sea kayakers accustomed to a world of seventeen footers didn't know quite what to think of a sea kayaking playboat. It took a while to catch on, but within a few years the Coaster achieved cult status in surf, surging sea caves, rock gardens, high winds and similar opportunities for fun.

The cockpit that provides a "whitewater kayak" fit for a kayak surfer (up to 210 pounds) allows a roomier yet still secure fit for small paddlers. The low cockpit area means small kayakers don't need to feel they are reaching over the sides of a bathtub to paddle. A small wetted surface and a prismatic coefficient that maximizes the effective waterline length makes it easy to maintain cruising speed of four knots or more in a Coaster (top speed is over five knots). Small paddlers love it because they easily keep pace with larger companions who had previously left them behind

Because of full volume ends, (designed to lift over waves and not dive in surf) the Coaster holds a surprising amount of cargo. It performs best with a displacement below 300 pounds (although it has performed satisfactorily with almost 400 pounds). Lots of big guys are having fun with this boat on day trips, surfing, and poking around in tight places, but when touring they should limit their gear weight and/or pack with a stern heavy trim.

The Coaster's short waterline makes it among the quickest and easiest sea kayaks to turn, yet it also tracks well with its deep V-keel. It is very responsive to strokes and leans, and its secondary stability makes leaning both easy and secure. This, a windage balance that minimizes weathercocking and a hull designed for control when surfing, explains why not one of our customers has ever had us install a rudder on a Coaster.

The Coaster is most appreciated by paddlers who have discovered that the physical act of handling their kayak skillfully in all conditions is a big part of the fun."

Cam Broze
Mariner Kayaks
 

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drahcir

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I am thinking that John Abercrombie should purchase this Coaster, put in fore and aft watertight hatches (with his usual splendid work), and then sell it to me for what he paid for it.
 

JohnAbercrombie

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The original hardware for the seat back broke a few years ago. I had a shop put new ones on (three instead of two).
That looks like a solid repair.
Those original plastic 'hinges' get brittle over the years - I've replaced them on a couple of Coasters and also on a Current Designs Pisces.
A few years ago, Matt Broze (Mariner kayaks) mentioned to me that he still had a lot of the original 'alligator' plastic covering that went on the Coaster-style seat backs. You can contact him by email (address is on the marinerkayaks website?).
 

JohnAbercrombie

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I am thinking that John Abercrombie should purchase this Coaster, put in fore and aft watertight hatches (with his usual splendid work), and then sell it to me for what he paid for it.
Great idea! :)
I've done that to a few Coasters, but I got a bit weary struggling to get $5/hr for my labour!! I sold my 'spare' Coaster (unmodified) earlier this year - it went to a good home here 'on the Island'. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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