It was just one of those rare combination of incidents…a sudden storm, a dragging anchor (which fouled the prop), a strong current and a bridge between us and open water.

Florida Keys: It was just one of those rare combination of incidents…a sudden storm, a dragging anchor (which fouled the prop), a strong current and a bridge between us and open water. My wife and I managed to escape our near capsizing craft by stepping into the Sunny that we had secured to our stern cleats.

The Sunny certainly played a role in helping us get to shore (no paddles) and save ourselves during the ordeal. We also managed to pull it up on the coral and rocky banks and secure it during the blow. The Sunny came through with only a few scratches (as did we), though my sailboat has been declared a loss by the insurance company.

We purchased a new Sunny and have been very pleased with the boat. In fact, our small cruising sailboat was caught in a severe sudden storm while anchored one night off Bahai Honda Key, FL and broke free. Our sailboat was blown in strong currents and 45+mph winds into an old railroad bridge, breaking the mast and causing other significant damage.

My wife and I managed to escape our near capsizing craft by stepping into the Sunny that we had secured to our stern cleats. The Sunny certainly played a role in helping us get to shore (no paddles) and save ourselves during the ordeal. We also managed to pull it up on the coral and rocky banks and secure it during the blow. The Sunny came through with only a few scratches (as did we), though my sailboat has been declared a loss by the insurance company.

It is sad to have our little Flicka declared a loss, but given the situation we did pretty well to save ourselves and, eventualy, most of our gear on board.

It was just one of those rare combination of incidents…a sudden storm, a dragging anchor (which fouled the prop), a strong current and a bridge between us and open water. We were one of 11 boats the coast guard had to respond to during the storm. A 50′ catamaran suffered a similar fate at another bridge a few Keys to the east. It’s just a part of sailing.

The Sunny has drawn lots of attention among the cruising community in Marathon (200+ cruisers moor there) and other spots. I often found myself giving out information on the boat and your company to folks interested in looking into getting one as a tender or back-up tender/water toy.

Guess we will be doing more paddling for a while….

Roy
East Middlebury, VT

Innova Sunny Top Speed of 8.5 kilometers per hour

While on vacation last week, below is some of what I saw. Awesome kayaking in October, when you are often the only one on the lake! From Clearwater B.C. on Kalamalka Lake I took my GPS with me and recorded the stats: In 5 hours and 25 minutes, only stopping a few times, but never getting out of the kayak I paddled 24 kilometres averaging 5 kilometres per hour with a top speed of 8.5 kilometers per hour, all on calm water. Now that was a workout, but big FUN!!! Two days later I managed to squeeze 8.9 kilometres per hour out of that Sunny, (in a short burst of speed). I’ve learned all of the proper gear to take with me now for all types of weather and am enjoying the heck out of my Sunny!!! Unfortunately, time to put it away until next year.

Regards,
Larry James
Calgary, Alberta

Note from Innova:
Thanks for the great shots Larry! I am so happy that you are liking the Sunny. It’s a great boat–simple, quick to setup, and reasonably fast.

Rock River in Wisconsin in an Innova Safari

I am back in Denver, Colorado with my pictures ready to be developed. I started my trip on the Rock River at Beloit, Wisconsin, and it was a super section for a day or two. But, the water kept getting higher & higher until the river was legally closed to all boaters, so there was not a single boat on the river my entire 155 miles. And, even though several police officers drove past me and said nothing, toward the end of the river, there were “police line, do not cross.”

It was a “wild” ride on the river in flood conditions; water high enough that I canoed over “No Parking” signs. One, I hit it as it was 6 inches under muddy water, an put a 4-6 inch scratch in my Safari. I have high-lighted the very slight “damage” because it is testament to the strength of the Innova Products. I also hit a couple posts that were meant to tie up boats, etc. These were also under water. Those posts were pretty “ugly” on top as they were driven into the river bottom (at low water) by hammer, leaving sharp & jagged post tops. At flood, they were impossible to see, but they did zero damage to my Safari, which is proof that the Innova Product is VERY strong.

Sincerely, Harold

Customer Feedback: Sunny vs Safari

Due to this and that, I hadn’t had a chance to paddle the Sunny as a double yet. So July 8th I entered a Big Chop race, Little Chop for me, here in Vancouver. I paddled the Sunny as a single.

This was the first time paddling this kayak. I was really impressed how well it tracked compared to the Safari. During the 4km race in English Bay I encountered 2′ waves coming from every direction due to the many powerboats in the area. I must say the Sunny behaved really well, however I could feel my body weight just wasn’t enough to keep it going and it would almost stop at every wave. There was surprisingly little water coming into the boat. Being used to the self-bailing Safari I was a bit concerned about getting swamped, but that didn’t happen. I finished the race 12 out of 20 boats. That’s 40:50 for 2nm course. That’s about a 3 knot average! Not too bad for an inflatable on it’s first time out.

Another big difference I noticed from the Safari is that the Sunny would flex under my, not so heavy weight with almost every wave. This does not happen to the Safari… it’s so much stiffer, and I think it is way better for solo paddling. The Safari is a whole lot more fun too. Having two people on the Sunny would definetelly be the way to go.

Note from Innova: You mentioned that the Sunny tracked better than the Safari. That’s largely because the Sunny is a longer boat.

Cris Loves her Double Twist

Dear Innova,

I couldn’t wait to get hold of the Double Twist. We took it on its maiden voyage on a splendid summer’s day. And we had such fun.

The trip itself was a relatively easy one. We rounded a point and paddled deep into an inlet. Our trip finished at my friend’s beach house…well, sort of. Her beach house was above the beach. We had to climb up an extremely long staircase from the beach to reach her house.

The Double Twist made this easy. We rolled up the 19 pound kayak, stuffed it into a backpack, and walked it up with no trouble at all.

Thanks for making this inflatable boat so light and fun to use.

Cris

Jason Lee, in praise of Innova Inflatable Kayaks

I just want to let you know how much I appreciate that you brought INNOVA Inflatable Kayaks to the US/Canada, and that I think your customer service skills are excellent!!

I first learned about INNOVA when I was working in the Bella Coola Valley for BC Parks in 2001. A friend of mine had purchased 2 Safari’s for field work (Biologist), and he convinced me to give them a try.

Three years ago my budget allowed me to purchase a Sunny (awesome), and this spring I found a used Safari (mint condition) in Vancouver. The response I get back from everyone I loan them to is the same, “amazing”.

Two friends have since decided to sell their hard shells and use only the INNOVA inflatable kayaks.

The pump I recently purchased from you is great.

Andrea Corona

Link to Andrea’s Blog

I’m really happy with my Safari inflatable kayak. I especially like how easy it is to put together and how comfortable it is. Transporting it to the water is so easy too.

The nice thing is that I can turn it on a dime. With time I will learn to correct my paddle stroke to help it go straight.

This coming week I’ll go out with some other paddlers and start practicing re-entries. For now a paddlefloat will be at hand just in case.

And in a couple of weeks we will be cycling to Newcastle Island, by Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, for the weekend and take the Sunny in tow. That should be fun too. And of course there’s Paddlefest too.

BTW, the other day I saw someone, boarding a bus, with the Innova bag on his back, a dry bag in one hand and a paddle with PFD in the other. He was on the bus and gone before I had a chance to chat.

Michael Forte

I bought our Innova Sunny kayak from you for my wife’s birthday present a few years back. We went camping and packed the kayak in the car trunk for our drive up into the Sierras just east of Fresno, California. Our final destination was Shaver Lake. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this kayak. It’s portable and only takes me 5 minutes to set it up and take it down. I know it says it’s for two people but it also says 400 pounds so I would take my two kids with me and a picnic and explore the lake. We all love this boat!

Jim Van Dam

I thought that you might be interested in knowing that the Helios I bought from you has now been used on Shkodra Lake and a river in Albania, as well as on the Adriatic Sea off Montenegro, in northern Albania, and on the Ionian Sea of southern Albania. It has been a fun boat, easy to inflate and unsinkable.

Jim Van Dam, Grand Rapids, MI