Single flat water kayak for children

KAPE Mini K1

We all want our children to be safe while experiencing the beauty of paddling, and above all, to have fun. The Hungarian "Minis" are the most widespread & wide range series of kayaks & canoes on the market encouraging youngsters into flat water racing.

The Mini series have been designed for young paddlers under the age of 13. For those who are about to meet the discipline of canoe sprint. Mini K1 is the best choice to learn the principles of flaw water racing, improve technique, posture and stability before changing to K1 kayaks. These boats are stable enough and scaled down to match their size.

A complete series of kayak single (Mini K1 / MK-1), kayak double (Mini K2 / MK-2), kayak four (Mini K4 / MK-4) and canoe single (Mini C1 / MC-1) are available for junior trainers and coaches of kayak schools to pass the spirit to the new generation.

The standardisation of "Minis" (Hungarian example)

Mini kayaks and canoes were established in Hungary more than half a century ago, and since then they have been produced in large numbers by domestic manufacturers. They have always been an integral part of the successful development of youth sports. There are currently hundreds of Mini boats out there, mostly at clubs.

In 2016 the Hungarian Canoe Federation introduced the standardization of all Mini boats used in its competition system including all regattas held by the Federation. The goal behind is to ensure equal opportunities for children & clubs by excluding unhealthy rivalry for better equipment which would lead to inequality of opportunity, disproportion and enmity.

The standardization covers the bow & stern, the hull shape and the weight of the fully equipped boat. The shape, size & position of the rudder (& fin) is also defined. None of these can be a factor affecting performance. The Federation publishes the detailed technical description of each boat model. This description includes:

  • Main dimensions of the boat: maximum length (LOA), beam, minimum weight
  • Dimensions & drawings of bow, stern, keel & cross sections
  • Dimension & drawings of the rudder
  • Material used for construction

Manufacturers have to guarantee that the boat they produce meets these standards. This must be certified by a "conformity label" placed in the boat.

  • Length

    415 cm
  • Width

    49 cm
  • Stability level

  • Boat weight

    11 kg
  • Paddler's weight

    35 - 50 kg
  • Cockpit size

    94 x 38 cm
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Features & fittings

Low position seat for stability

Mini kayaks are equipped with simple 2-pin floor mounted seats providing low centre of gravity for improved stability.

Minis are also available with various racing seats (see Fitness kayaks). Racing seats provide a higher center of gravity and better position, allowing good posture and paddling technique. This comes at the cost of decreased stability, and they also weigh somewhat more.

Easy-to-adjust footrest

Minis are also equipped with our 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 the feet. This provides comfort & full use of the tiller bar for effective steering. Perfect for club use to regularly adjust the footrest distance.

In STANDARD+ construction, the footplate is covered with EVA traction pad for non-slip and increased comfort & equipped with adjustable foot strap to teach leg drive.

Full & adjustable angle footrest is also available for maximum leg drive & customisation.

Mini kayaks are often used by several children of different heights. For such club use, we recommend to get a spare "extra long" footrest, which brings the footrest position closer to the seat (but does not increase the adjustability of the footrest distance)

Rudder & fin

The Mini K1 has a low profile plastic rudder with a fin in front of it. It protects the rudder from impacts and prevents weed pick-up.


Rear and front bulkheads are installed as standard.

A bulkhead (partition) is an upright wall within boat separating watertight compartments so that the capsized boat does not sink. A hatch is placed in the rear bulkhead, mainly to let the rear compartment to dry when not in use and to ventilate the stored boat.

We have our two basic constructions to choose from. They are set up in line with the requirements of clubs & associations. Most notably they are durable, allow more flexibility, easy-to-repair and offer a lower price point.

More about constructions

Constructions differ in the reinforcement materials used during the manufacturing process. These determine the stiffness and the interior appearance of the boat. In practice, an upper construction results a bit stiffer & more eye-catching boat.

Besides, the standard and available fittings may be also different in some constructions. These are listed at the "Fittings" section of this article.


    Basic fiberglass construction for clubs and associations. They are easy to handle, maintain and repair.

    Single skin:
    woven fiberglass and choppend strand mat

    Polyester resin

    Hand lay-up



    Additional carbon-kevlar reinforcement provides some extra stiffness for heavy duty use. Still they are easy to maintain and repair.

    Single skin:
    woven fiberglass and choppend strand mat

    Carbon-kevlar reinforcement

    Polyester resin

    Hand lay-up


Design & colour customisation

All boats are made to order. You can choose your preferred colour(s) of the hull, the deck areas, the trim (seam between deck & hull), the cockpit rim (coaming) and the seat.

These deck designs are available in all constructions:

  • #0000 - MONO
  • #0101 - PARALLEL
  • #0201 - POINTED
  • #0301 - SLIM
  • #0302 - SLIM EDGE
  • #0401 - CHEVRON
  • #0402 - CHEVRON VAR
  • #0403 - CHEVRON DOUBLE
  • #0501 - ZIG
  • #0502 - ZIG-ZAG
  • #0503 - ZIG-ZIG-ZAG-ZAG
  • #0504 - ZIG-ZAG-ZAG-ZIG
  • #0601 - DOPPLER
RAL 1001
RAL 1001 "Beige"
RAL 1016
RAL 1016 "Sulfur yellow"
RAL 1018
RAL 1018 "Zinc yellow"
RAL 1023
RAL 1023 "Traffic yellow"
RAL 2003
RAL 2003 "Pastel orange"
RAL 2004
RAL 2004 "Pure orange"
"KAPE red"
RAL 3003
RAL 3003 "Ruby red"
RAL 3020
RAL 3020 "Traffic red"
RAL 3027
RAL 3027 "Raspberry red"
RAL 4003
RAL 4003 "Heather violet"
RAL 4004
RAL 4004 "Claret violet"
RAL 4005
RAL 4005 "Blue lilac"
RAL 4006
RAL 4006 "Traffic purple"
RAL 4008
RAL 4008 "Signal violet"
RAL 4010
RAL 4010 "Telemagenta"
RAL 5002
RAL 5002 "Ultramarine blue"
RAL 5003
RAL 5003 "Sapphire blue"
RAL 5005
RAL 5005 "Signal blue"
RAL 5010
RAL 5010 "Gentian blue"
RAL 5012
RAL 5012 "Light blue
RAL 5013
RAL 5013 "Cobalt blue
RAL 5015
RAL 5015 "Sky blue
RAL 5017
RAL 5017 "Traffic blue
RAL 5018
RAL 5018 "Turquoise blue"
RAL 5021
RAL 5021 "Water blue"
RAL 5023
RAL 5023 "Distant blue"
RAL 6001
RAL 6001 "Emerald green"
RAL 6018
RAL 6018 "Yellow green"
RAL 6019
RAL 6019 "Pastel green"
RAL 6026
RAL 6026 "Opal green"
RAL 6029
RAL 6029 "Mint green"
RAL 6034
RAL 6034 "Pastel turquoise"
RAL 7001
RAL 7001 "Silver grey"
RAL 7004
RAL 7004 "Signal grey"
RAL 7016
RAL 7016 "Anthracite grey"
RAL 7024
RAL 7024 "Graphite grey"
RAL 7033
RAL 7033 "Cement grey"
RAL 7037
RAL 7037 "Dusty grey"
RAL 7047
RAL 7047 "Telegrey 4"
RAL 9010
RAL 9010 "Pure white"
RAL 9017
RAL 9017 "Traffic black"

Tips & more about the available colours

Think carefully about choosing black and dark colours!

Such boats warm up more & they become matt very soon. Scratches and limescale are also much more visible on these surfaces.

Less is more:

We recommend picking only two, maximum three colours for a coherent boat design.

More is more:

(Because of the overlapping gelcoat layers) more colours results in more weight.

RAL colors CANNOT be displayed entirely proper on computer screens. The color depends on your monitor and printer. Therefore the exact shade of the product may be different than seen here! Please use these color samples as a reference only! We recommend you to see a physical and official RAL color guide to be sure of the correct color.


    Standard Choice

    "Mini" Seat
    Narrow Footrest
    "Mini" Rudder
    Number Holder

    Available for extra charge

    Racing Seat
    Low Pos. Racing Seat
    Full & Adjustable Angle Footrest
    Velcro Foot Strap
    Buckle Foot Strap
    Traction Pad for Footrest

    Standard Choice

    "Mini" Seat
    Narrow Footrest
    Velcro Foot Strap
    Traction Pad for Footrest
    "Mini" Rudder
    Number Holder

    Available for extra charge

    Racing Seat
    Low Pos. Racing Seat
    Full & Adjustable Angle Footrest
    Buckle Foot Strap

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