As we ready ourselves for open water and warm weather, I thought I'd share with you what's new from Grey Duck for this season.
10'8" Coast Wood
First, we are going to build on the success last year of the 10'8 Coast, and offer it in not only the white/blue option that was available in 2019, but we've added a 'Wood' look for this season. Overall construction of the board remains the same, so this addition is simply to give those who prefer the 'Wood' look that option with the 10'8" Coast (shown below):
11'6" Coast and 11'6" Coast Wood
Additionally, we've added an 11'6" x 34" version of the Coast. We ran into the occasional request for a paddle board that could float 300+ lbs of weight, and the 10'8" version was simply too small. This larger version of the Coast is 275L of volume and will be our biggest All-Around offering in the lineup. It will come in the same two colors as our 10'8 Coast (both options are pictured below):
11'2" All Day Hybrid
We're also adding a new version of the All Day that I'm super excited about. This is a board that I prototyped last summer, and now it's ready for prime time. There were a few goals that I was trying to achieve with the design:
1) Create a high volume, stable board that can handle large loads
2) Create a board that was both maneuverable and tracked well
3) Create a board that could be used recreationally, but also be transformed into an awesome fishing platform or used on extended tours (BWCA /Quetico or river trails like the St Croix or Namakagon River)
I used the All Day as a starting point for the design, as it is a larger board and one that already tracks well for its shape/size and floats a large amount of weight (rider + gear). We tweaked the hull shape and added a displacement style nose and keel line for most of the length of the hull to increase tracking, while also keeping the board maneuverable. We flattened the deck and added attachment points (the black 'dots' on either side of the deck pad), so that this board is 'Grey Duck Portage System' ready. This enables the board to be purchased and used as a recreational board initially, but if there is a desire to enhance the capability of the board over time, the Grey Duck Portage System (currently offered only on our Quetico model) can be added to the board down the road. The addition of the portage system transforms the board into a awesome fishing vessel (I actually almost named this board the Angler or Fisherman, or something of that nature), or provides an alternative to the Quetico for someone who wants an extended touring board, but in a more stable and compact package.
To say that I'm excited about this board is an understatement. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the different ways this board will be enjoyed by people.
Below are pictures of the All Day Hybrid:
11'0" All Day Inflatable
Our last new board for 2020 is the addition of our first inflatable offering. We chose to use our All Day as the baseline for design, as it's a stable board that almost anyone can ride. It's built using high-tensile drop stitch, which allows the board to be inflated beyond 20 PSI. With multiple layers of high strength PVC utilizing fusion technology, this is a bomber option for anyone looking for a durable board that can easily be rolled up and transported without the need for a roof rack. It will come as a package and include board, pump, paddle, and bag for $899. (excuse the image quality below - clipped out the background from a pic in our warehouse!)
Minor updates for the Daybreak and All Day Zebrawood boards, as well as the Journey:
The Daybreak and All Day Zebrawoods boards each got a new look for their deck pads, as well as some minor changes to the graphics. Board shape remains untouched.
Same things with the Journey - new deck pad designs and minor updates to look. No change in board shape.