NYCkayaker the Clear Blue Hawaii folding kayak

David Hupert
Wed Nov 15 16:58:35 EST 2006

Harry Spitz wrote with surprise about the kayak made by Clear Blue 
Hawaii.  All of us should spend less time at our keyboards and more 
enjoying, or enduring, the cultural life of the City, at least when we are 
not on the water.  Since the renewed Museum of Modern Art reopened last 
year a Clear Blue Hawaii Napali folding kayak with transparent skin has 
been hanging from the ceiling in the Architecture and Design section on (I 
think) the third floor.

When I first saw it I thought it was a variety of the New Zealand made 
First Light that Randy Henriksen had in his store last year.  Both look 
good and are astonishingly light but were designed with complete disregard 
for my immodest foot size.

David Hupert

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 06:15:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Harry Spitz <>
To: NYKayaker <>

A non paddling friend just sent me the following link.


At first I thought that these looked cute, even nice. The clear plastic 
folder looked almost respectable. But the more I looked the more I realized 
that these are all swimming pool toys posing as serious sea worthy craft. I 
think that some of these may be joining the flabby fleet of inflatables out 
on the Hudson next summer. The paddlers in these images don't wear PFDs or 
spray skirts. None of these boats have bulk heads and most have no float 
bladders or inadequate floatation. None of these boats have foot pegs.

OH Boy!
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