Andrew McAuley's Trans-Tasman quest sea kayak


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

6.4 metre fibreglass and kevlar kayak made in 2006 by Paul Hewitson from Mirage Sea Kayaks for Andrew McAuley for McAuley's attempt to kayak across the Tasman Sea from Tasmania, Australia to New Zealand. Width 620mm, Height 400mm. The kayak's form was based on a double kayak design which was shortened. This design allowed sufficient room for Andrew McAuley to sleep. The kayak had two bulkheads rather than the conventional three, with extensive kevlar reinforcements around the stress points - the rudder mount, cockpit area and anchor points for the canopy. The kayak is intact except the canopy is missing, thought washed away after the kayak capsized.

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  • Title: Andrew McAuley's Trans-Tasman quest sea kayak
  • Date: 2006
  • Type: Kayak
  • Medium: fibreglass and kevlar
  • Dimensions: 400 x 620 x 6400 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Paul Hewitson