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Easy to transport, easy to set up.
A screw-out deck hatch and double-layered marine-grade polyproplylene make the folding, Bay Plus Kayak from Oru Kayak able to go just about anywhere. Marine-rated stainless steel fasteners ensure that, once assembled, the Bay Plus stays rigid and strong. The entire kayak and carrying box, are made out of a single sheet of plastic with a single seam that rides above the waterline. The foam seat and footrests are both adjustable, letting you get things nice and comfortable. Bow and stern bulkheads help add rigidity to your ride, while rubber deck straps ensure you have plenty of space to haul safety equipment and anything you want close at hand.
- Double-layered marine-grade polypropylene plastic
- Marine-rated stainless steel fasteners
- Single, above-waterline seam
- Foam seat with adjustable backrest
- Adjustable footrest
- Screw-out deck hatch with water-resistant stow bag
- Bow and stern bulkheads
- Dual rubber deck straps
- Fits standard spray skirts
- Item #ORU0005
- Q & A
Take it Anywhere
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Bay + kayak is a pretty nifty kayak. If you're crunched for storage space, the Oru is easy to store. It didn't take long to figure out how to unpack and pack the kayak and before too long you'll be fast at it. The kayak has plastic bolt hardware and some of them were broken when I got it. They're easy to fix but I'll probably replace with metal bolts when I run out of spare plastic pieces. If you want to travel with the kayak it's a lot easier than trying to haul your touring kayak through the airport. I've also hiked into to remote areas with the backpack (not included) which is a pretty neat option. The Bay+ is stable and I've taken it into some rough waters. On flat water it's fairly quick but after a few hours the seat isn't the most comfortable (but still manageable). Here's a pic while paddling the Bay + in Iceland earlier this year.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
If we can put a man on the moon, we should be able to kayak anywhere.
Some fun tests!
A video from the kickstarter days!
What is the difference between the oru kayak and the oru plus other than $300.00?
I saw these two years ago during their development and before the inventor knew what the retail costs were going to be.
I have seen them on Shark Tank, watched a few videos and read paddlingnet.com reviews on them.
What nobody has covered or touched upon is the durability and longevity with repeated folding and unfolding. Not to mention if you get a hole or puncture in the material. They are pretty much saying it is like that corrugated plastic that the election signs are made from.
Has anybody had any direct contact with these boats and have any opinion about the longevity and ability to repair them?
I have paddled the boat a bit and folded/unfolded it a few times now, since the product is so new longevity seems to be the big question. However we have one of these that we are sharing between our team right now, and so far so good. It paddles extremely fast and feels much more rigid than one would expect from a folding boat. At the end of September I will update a review with 3-4 months of regular use and give some initial impressions at that time.
Thanks for the reply. I look forward to your summary of the boat.
Does Oru say anything about fixes or punctures you may get? I would hope they would have some repair protocols in place if something happened that was outside their warranty.
I can fix Fiberglass and I can fix plastic boats. Stuff happens and something like this should have a way to fix an un foreseen accident.
I am just curious if you know of anything. Orus website doesn't have much information on their boat. It is like this wonder boat and it is all pros and zero cons. I just want to hear and see the real world aspects of owning one and the reality of repairing any possible damage.
I'm guessing a roll of good duct tape or gorilla tape in your dry bag will be a critical piece of safety equipment.
Or maybe mod the backpacking trick of rolling about 10 yards of duct tape onto one's hiking poles by rolling it on the middle of your paddle.
Does the entry work w/ kayak skirts?
Yes, Oru kayaks feature custom molded cockpits that work with conventional spray skirts. You'll need a medium sized skirt for the Bay Plus kayak.
Is it strong enough to use for surfing? Either standing waves or ocean waves.
I need a certificate of origin . can you send it ?