When designing the Golden, the
goal was to incorporate some of the unique handling
characteristics of the "King" in a smaller kayak that is just as
home in big and rough water.
In addition to being shorter than the King, the Golden has more rocker, is 1/2" narrower, has an even lower rear deck, and due to the fact that it is recessed, the coaming height is the lowest of all the Redfish designs.
Owing to the shorter waterline length, the Golden is not as fast as the King. However, like its big brother, the swedeform hull and harder chine aft of the Golden contribute to even greater maneuverability and crisp leaned turns that are well behaved - it will return to track when brought back to upright after a leaned turn.
The bow and stern height are similar to that of the King but because it is a shorter kayak, a bit more fullness has been added towards both fore and aft ends to ensure that the bow and stern ride high and resist burying in heavy seas.
Length overall - 16'
Waterline length - 14' 4"
Beam - 21"
Waterline beam - 20"
Weight - 36 #
Note that the white along the sheer line in these photos is tape and is not permanent.
Bonnie checking the trim.
Golden Bow - note the recessed coaming in this and the following photo
All of the
Redfish kayaks take their names from individual species of "Salmonids"
- the salmon and trout family (Salmonidae) or from a term related to their habitat and
This kayak takes it name from the specific name of the Golden trout - "aguabonita" - which translates to "Beautiful Waters".
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