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Fitting a Think rudder to a Fenn

Monday, 01 August 2011 06:50 |

I have always wanted to fit an elliptical rudder to a Fenn, particularly a Mako 6 as it is my favourite ski. I can paddle an Elite but I prefer the 6 for all round stability and performance particularly in chop. Its main weakness is that the shark fin loses bite because of the ski's rocker and the fin's proximity to the tail causes the odd broach particularly in big swells. 

Fenn Mako Elite Slim Line – First Looks

Monday, 17 January 2011 07:44 |


I had the good fortune to paddle the latest Fenn creation last weekend – the Mako Elite Slim Line (SL).  I’d heard that the boat was tippier than the Elite and I was curious to see how I’d handle it.

Lost Surfski Found after 6 weeks and 1000km! **update**

Monday, 09 August 2010 13:31 |

Sam Dawson was catching waves in his Fenn Mako XT at a favourite spot near South Sound, Grand Cayman.  Suddenly his world turned upside down - literally.  “I got caught by a wave and flipped off,'' Dawson said. “The wave took the surf ski away from me - I assumed never to be seen again.”

New Skis ** Pics **

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 09:39 |

There’s a whole crop of new and updated surfskis from around the world.  Here’s a round-up of just some of them.

Tip: Juice stowage inside Fenn XT.

Saturday, 25 February 2006 20:53 |

ImageDehydration is generally regarded as a Bad Thing when paddling. So, if a race is likely to be more than an hour long, paddlers take liquid with them - and where to stow it is a subject of considerable debate.


For many, the solution is to tape a bladder to the deck in front of the rudder pedals and to run a pipe back to the seat. Others prefer "Tripper" type PFDs that have a pocket on the back into which the bladder can be fitted. The pipe is run through a series of Velcro straps to the front of the PFD.


Both of these solutions, by adding weight above the centre of gravity of the ski, lessen stability.


This article describes a solution implemented by David Cade who lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Fenn Cup Series Launch - Australia

Sunday, 19 July 2009 07:01 |

This summer will see the launch of a new ocean racing series on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Set to take over where the last major ocean racing series finished a few years ago the FENN CUP will bring back the excitement to the beaches.

{mosimage} Review: Fenn Mako Elite

Sunday, 10 May 2009 03:51 |

When I lost my beloved carbon Fenn Mako6 at the end of a disastrous downwind, I took the opportunity to order a new carbon Mako Elite from Keith Fenn.  Hearing of my dire ski-less condition he delivered a new one very rapidly and I've been paddling it for the last couple of months.

First looks: the Fenn Mako Elite Triple

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 18:00 |

Most of us know the sadness and despair of breaking a ski, and usually the pieces are consigned to a dumpster.   But when Dale "T-bone King" Lippstreu smashed his new Fenn Mako Elite Double recently at the end of a downwind paddle, he met the challenge full on.

Doubles Comparison: Elite v Apex

Sunday, 22 March 2009 05:35 |

[Three weeks ago, Dale Lippstreu and I did back-to-back Millers Runs in two different double skis: the Fenn Mako Elite Double and the Custom Kayaks Apex.  Dale was the driver in both cases.]

Review: Fenn Mako Elite double

Sunday, 08 March 2009 16:30 |

[Editor: Dale Lippstreu recently bought a new Fenn Elite Double to race the doubles season here in Cape Town, South Africa. Here’s what he found.]

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