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Key spec
Paddler weight (Optimum): 35-55kg
Boat length: 4.2M
Beam: 49cm
Constructions: All racing
Stability: 10 (very stable)



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Kirton have long been keen on encouraging youngsters into kayak racing and were the instigators in the development of a Junior craft. The Tarka is the forerunner to the Lightning which was sponsored by the Marathon Racing Committee to be made in Polyethylene to provide a readily available cheap but heavier alternative.

Pricelist & ordering

Construction options

Kirton boats are built by hand so we can make any boat in any construction - the choice is yours. We have have no frills options for the budget-conscious, alongside elite light-weight constructions for top-ranking professionals that need the best. Of course, there are many options in-between too, to suit every pocket and every need. We can make the boat stiff for sprint racing, or more flexible so it'll withstand the rigors of marathon and recreational use. Whatever your needs we can make the perfect boat for you. Click to see our construction list. Also check out our leg measurement chart, to guarantee a perfect fit.

Customisation options

We specialise in making boats that are perfect for you and your paddling style. Here's a selection of popular customisation options and accessories that you can request when ordering your Kirton boat. Click for details of contact us for more information.