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How Well Can You Snorkel Upside Down?

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Float Your Boat, Michael Courtenay | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on How Well Can You Snorkel Upside Down?

Generally at Grilled we write up stuff that goes fast, high, or are cutting edge technologically. We don’t often blip on things that are intended to go slow, inducing that dreamy feeling –the one that feels a little like sleep – isn’t something we specialize in. This is a little cooler than sleep though, why someone hasn’t done this before is a little baffling.  The Molokini is an all transparent two passenger kayak made out of the same durable polycarbonate material used in the production of bulletproof glass and fighter jet canopies. Molokini’s construction is quite simple, a polycarbonate skin wrapped around an aluminum internal frame,  seating is hung from the frame. The Molokini features a removable lightweight anodized aluminum frame system is completely removable  making transporting and storage of multiple units easy and convenient.

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This model – pictured – is recommend for areas that experience calm ocean conditions. For those who speak Kayak, the Molokini is equipped with a retractable skeg system which improves tracking, a feature especially convenient for long distance paddling. An  optional outrigger system is available, clearly an outrig improves stability and renders flipping practically impossible. Clear Blue Hawaii – the makers – claim “unparalleled material durability, weather ability and impact resistance are among the Molokini’s advantages. Impact resistancy tests have included intense crashing against rocks, 20 ft drops, hammer blows and an ejection from a vehicle at 70mph”

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Tests performed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, have shown that the visibility on a sunny day and during non-turbulent water conditions can yield views to depths of 75 ft plus for the exploration of new worlds waiting to be discovered.
Tests have included encounters with pods of dolphins, coral farms and nocturnal underwater sea life.

Highpants has come up with a small design floor in Molokini, “if you sink Molokini, how the F_ck do you find it at the bottom of the clear blue sea?”

The Molokini can be purchase via Clear Blue Hawaii, at around $1600 per unit it’s plain to see why this kayak has a bright future. Look for Molokini at your nearest Island resort . . .


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