The Marino 565 a has V-shaped front and flat bottomed mid section with hard chines for a good initial stability, still it can edge and carve relatively well in turns. Sharp & high volume bow allows the kayak to shed water excellently, so you can stay comfortable and relatively dry even in challenging situations. It picks waves, catches surf and the ocean swells with ease. The cut-away deck allows efficient paddle-friendly entries.
As standard, the Marino 565 comes fitted with understern racing rudder, low 2-pin seat, K-boat style footrest with tiller bar steering and foot straps in upper lever construction for more intensive legwork - just like our flat water fitness kayaks. However, we offer many popular fitting options to tune the kayak to a specific use, water or paddler skills.
Fitness models are available with two main type of seats. For greater stability all boats come with a light weight & low positioned touring seat as standard, but they are also available with various racing seats. The racing seat provides a higher center of gravity, better position & allows good posture and paddling technique. This comes at the cost of decreased stability, and they also weigh somewhat more.
Racing seat options are as follows:
The kayak is equipped with a responsive plastic understern rudder as standard. It provivides excellent tracking and easy steering but is exposed to imact damages of both the rudder blade and the boat hull.
However choosing the durable stainless "marathon" rudder will slightly decrease the response of steering, it minimise weed pick-up that is often a must for summer paddling in still water. Hence this is our most popular non-standard fitting option for a fitness kayak.
Fitness kayaks have tiller bar (T-bar) steering as standard and they are equipped with simple yet reliable footrests with easy-to-adjust spring sliding system. The fixing frame & fittings of the footrest are positioned behind the footplate, so the full width of the boat is available for your feet. This provides comfort & full use of the tiller bar for effective steering. It is also perfect for club use to regularly adjust the footrest distance.
In non-STANDARD constructions, the footplate is covered with EVA traction pad for non-slip and increased comfort & equipped with adjustable foot strap to add more power to paddle strokes through leg drive.
Full & adjustable angle footrest is also available for maximum leg drive & customisation.
Rear and front bulkheads are installed as standard in all fitness kayaks.
Front & rear compartments have enough space to store cargo for daytrips. Simple threaded hatches with a diameter of 15-15 cm are recessed & installed on the front & rear deck. Leaving them open when the boat is not in use let the compartments to dry and to ventilate the stored boat.
A hatch (d: 15 cm) can be also placed in the rear bulkhead. Through this, smaller objects (eg. key and water bottle) can be placed in the rear compartment from the cockpit.
A rear compartment divider can be installed 40 cm behind the rear deck hactch to prevent the cargo slipping to the stern.
Bungee cord or a bungee net can be installed on the rear deck - usually right behind the cockpit.
Carry handles can be installed to help moving boat to and from the water or to make portages easier.
Overstern rudders are also available for the model. They have a kick-up system so vertical impacts will cause the rudder blade to rise up and avoid any structural damage. It is to protect the hull and the rudder system at once.
Overstern (kick-up) rudders are advised on shallow, quick rivers with rapids and riffles, in strong currents or close to rocky shores or ripraps when powerful and precise maneuvering required.
The professional "SmartTrack" rudder (basically used in sea kayaks), as well as our in-house made "Klappsteuer" stainless overstern rudder can be installed. The "Klappsteuer" gives a very smooth and even steering around the center of a rudder wheel, but can't be fixed in horizontal position.
Pedal steering, instead of a traditional tiller bar (T-bar) steering, can be a good choice for those performance marathon paddlers who are looking for more precise & responsive steering, even during intensive leg driving. Using a pedal, you can apply steering at any point of the paddle stroke cycle without losing momentum.
Constructions differ in the materials and technologies used during the manufacturing process. These determine the stiffness, the weight and the interior appearance of the boat. In practice, an upper construction results a stiffer, more lightweight & spectacular boat, but it requires more caution during use
Besides, the standard and available fittings may be also different in some constructions. These are listed at the "Fittings" section of this article.
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ease of handling
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clear carbon hull