Fenn Fennix Boats - any different?

1 week 1 day ago #36012 by BigFish
Are the new Fenn Fennix boats different to the existing models?

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1 week 1 day ago - 1 week 1 day ago #36013 by MCImes
Interesting - I am also curious. There is basically 0 information on google. This is all I found from 

https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-kayaks-paddle-boats/tokai/new-fenn-surf-skis/1006621805250910268563009

Now in Stock
Glass Vacuum Surf Skis
Fennix Blu Fin S
Fennix XTS
Fennix Swordfish S
Available to view at Orka Paddling Shop 391 Main Rd Kirstenhof

Does the Fennix refer to boats that are being made while the factory is rebuilt or something? They have the same appearance and decals, although the only pic I could find didnt show much. 

Looks like I see a bow carrying handle on the new XTS? any news if that will be standard on new gen skis? Also notice the lettering is different. Hmmmm


Currently - Swordfish S in Southern California's ocean waters
Past Boats: Epic V10 g0, Stellar SR g1, Fenn XT g1
"When you've done something right, they wont know you've done anything at all"
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1 week 1 day ago #36015 by bajax
I spoke to Travis and he said that they have done some changes on the Swordfish S Fennix but their communication to potential clients is rather lacking . Maybe Rob can contact them and fill us in ? 

 

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1 week 19 hours ago #36016 by Ranga
Sorry to inform you the handle is not on the Fenn but the Epic behind it!

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1 week 14 hours ago #36017 by Atlas
Well spotted Ranga.

Fenn make great skis but they are close to useless when it comes to providing up to date information about their skis to prospective customers. Their website doesn't seem to have been up dated for 2 years. They don't even list the XTS.
I hope they look after Robin. He is almost the only source of info many of us have access to.
They have no doubt been busy recently but their communication was hopeless well before the fire.

Current skis:
Epic V10L, Think Zen, Fenn Bluefin, Fenn XT double

Previous skis
Fenn Swordfish, Fenn Swordfish S, Fenn XT, Spirit PRS

Most with DK rudders.

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1 week 3 hours ago #36021 by MCImes
Arg! Indeed the handle is on the Epic in the background.

Dear Fenn, I love you, but please consider adding handles and updating your website within a month of updates to your products :)

And in honor of 2020, shouldnt it be Fennxx? (just joking) 

Currently - Swordfish S in Southern California's ocean waters
Past Boats: Epic V10 g0, Stellar SR g1, Fenn XT g1
"When you've done something right, they wont know you've done anything at all"

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4 days 10 hours ago - 4 days 10 hours ago #36030 by Wiid
The fennix boats are all different to the previous ones. Some have minor tweaks some have big differences. The elite S single has a new nose and deck. The seat is also a bit narrower. I know this because there is one lying in the rack next to my boat in the boat house. 

All the original moulds and plugs were lost in the fire. Its impossible to recreate them exactly like the originals. This is was also a good opportunity to tweak a few things. 

I will see if I can snap a picture or two and post it here.

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2 days 22 hours ago #36033 by BigFish
I guess we will have to wait and see if the new boats are better than the old

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2 days 12 hours ago #36034 by robin.mousley
Hmmm...  quite difficult to get info out of Fenn themselves.

But I do have some crumbs of information:
  • The Elite S has changed somewhat.  Feedback is that some paddlers find them the same stability, some find it slightly less but faster.
  • Blue-fin has a minor change to the nose.
  • The Swordfish S has slightly more volume in the nose, bucket and rudder position slightly changed, bucket design modified to take the coccyx grinding feature out (yay).  I've arranged to get hold of a demo boat to try... 
  • The XT S hasn't changed (the plug survived the fire).
  • The Elite S double has higher rails and less rocker.
  • The factory is almost complete, last details being finished off; they've taken the opportunity to optimize the layout, including custom stands, etc.
Hoping for more info in the not too distant future, but I'll be chatting to people who own the new boats and getting my hands on the new Swordfish S ASAP.

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...
The following user(s) said Thank You: bajax, Scott S, Atlas

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