How to identify a Fenn Elite

4 years 10 months ago #23806 by wkwee
How to identify a Fenn Elite was created by wkwee
Hi all,

I am planning to buy a Fenn elite off from a second hand buy and sell website. I will be viewing the kayak personally.

Is there any tell-tale differences I can spot on a Fenn elite that sets it apart from the Fenn XT, Fenn Millenium, Fenn Mako? i.e., registration plate number, rudder, scupper difference. Want to make sure it is a genuine Fenn elite as the seller is not too sure himself.

Would appreciate any of your kind advice.


Kind regards.

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4 years 10 months ago #23807 by robin.mousley
There should be a sticker on the front of the ski that reads "Fenn Elite" and it might also have the year of manufacture there too.

Have a look here for photos of the Elite:

www.surfski.info/reviews/story/293/surfskiinfo-review-fenn-mako-elite.html

You could also take some photos of the ski and post them here if you're unsure!

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...
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4 years 10 months ago #23808 by wkwee
Replied by wkwee on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
These are the attached pictures, not sure if it is of any help.
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4 years 10 months ago #23809 by robin.mousley
Well, I can say with confidence that it's not an XT or a Bluefin! Neither is it a old Fenn Mako.

It's difficult to be certain that it's not a Fenn Mako6 though:

www.surfski.info/reviews/story/264/review-fenn-mako-6.html

Can you not ask the guy to take some shots of the cockpit area and the nose to see if there's an identifying sticker?

Where are you based and where is the ski?

Rob

Currently Fenn Swordfish S, Epic V10 Double.
Previously: Think Evo II, Carbonology Zest, Fenn Swordfish, Epic V10, Fenn Elite, Red7 Surf70 Pro, Epic V10 Sport, Genius Blu, Kayak Centre Zeplin, Fenn Mako6, Custom Kayaks ICON, Brian's Kayaks Molokai, Brian's Kayaks Wedge and several others...
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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #23810 by Nige
Replied by Nige on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
It's not a Millenium either, the Millenium had two footwells and a profiled deck.

Its either a Mako 6 or an Elite, most likely an Elite as the grab handle only came later and wasn't fitted to most Mako 6's. The easiest way to tell the two apart is that the rudder is about 10cm further forward on the Elite. If you can compare your potential purchase to another Mako 6 or Elite that would tell you what it is.
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4 years 10 months ago #23817 by wkwee
Replied by wkwee on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
Thank you all for the replies and advice. I am based in Albany, Western Australia. The ski is in Perth, about 5 hours drive.

Would anyone be able to measure their Fenn elite from end to rudder? I am heading up early morning tomorrow to pick it up.

Much appreciated to all.

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4 years 10 months ago #23818 by Nige
Replied by Nige on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
OK I'm paddling this afternoon so will measure one of the Elites at our club.

I'm in South Africa, so will post the information at about 8pm our time which is 2am your time.
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4 years 10 months ago #23819 by Hiro
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Nige wrote: Its either a Mako 6 or an Elite, most likely an Elite as the grab handle only came later and wasn't fitted to most Mako 6's.


I had the same grab handle on my mako6 and on my Elite...
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4 years 10 months ago #23820 by wkwee
Replied by wkwee on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
Hi Nige,

Much appreciated for taking the time.

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4 years 10 months ago #23821 by wkwee
Replied by wkwee on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
Hi all,

I managed to obtain more images. From what I have read and with your insights, I am assuming it is the Fenn Mako Elite. The decal has been removed so no images for that. Welcome any feedback, thank you.
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4 years 10 months ago #23822 by Nige
Replied by Nige on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
OK, the measurements from the rudder post to the tail are as follows :

Elite : 830 mm
Mako6 : 750mm
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4 years 10 months ago #23826 by jagter
Replied by jagter on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
That's definitely one of the newer Fenns. The colour of the pull cords, shape of pedals etc all point to newer (not latest) models. So not a Mako 6.

If it's a Mako Elite, or Elite glide or whatever I can't tell you.
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4 years 10 months ago #23828 by wkwee
Replied by wkwee on topic How to identify a Fenn Elite
Thanks all, got the surf ski yesterday and drove back. Very satisfied with the purchase. Looking forward to a paddle soon. Thanks again to everyone for your kind assistance.

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