The new Mysto from Ocean Kayak is a brand
new boat with a brand new look. Whether you want to surf the waves or
go paddling on a river or lake, this is a performance sit-on-top
designed to have universal appeal. “The new Mysto is a great
all-rounder for the family who want a really fun boat,” said the
designer Spike Gladwin. “The styling is a departure from the
traditional shape of sit-on-top – and it’s something very different
from Ocean Kayak.”

The new Mysto has a sleek new hull shape but the craft remains
very stable and efficient to paddle whatever your size or weight. Both
adults and children can enjoy the Mysto. “Dads can use it, and even one
of the kids can jump on with him,” commented Spike. Of course being
built by Ocean Kayak, the world’s number one when it comes to
sit-on-tops, the Mysto is lightweight and strong. The projected
specifications are: length 9’10” (3m), beam 31” (0.79m), weight 43
pounds (19.5kg) with a maximum capacity of between 19 to 23 stone
(125-147kg) depending on the conditions.

Included in the design are some clever new features and in
addition to the skeg, there are two small fins at the back of the boat
to give additional tracking. “The bottom of the hull is shaped partly
like a surf board, so at the beach even beginners will be able to surf
waves,” said Spike. The main skeg also has a sacrificial plastic pad to
protect the hull if the boat is dragged. When the pad is worn it can
simply be replaced.

Other features include self
draining scuppers, moulded-in foot wells and moulded-in handles at the
front and the sides. The Mysto is easy to carry and easy to climb back
on board if you’ve been for a swim. There are also moulded-in tank
wells at the front and back of the boat for storage and a moulded-in
backrest, or you can use the integral anchor points to fit the backrest
of your choice. Paddles can also be stowed in the length of the boat
when not in use.

The Mysto is maintenance free,
easily car toppable and very compact to store. Materials used by Ocean
Kayak are repairable and recyclable.  The Mysto is offered in
a variety of vibrant colours and will be available in shops in the UK
around Easter.

The new MYSTO, and other great new recreational products from
Johnson Outdoors UK will be on stand 1008 at the National Boat, Caravan
& Outdoor Show, NEC, Birmingham 19-24th February, 2008.

‘A very exciting
new boat that’s going to  appeal to an awful lot of people.’
Andrew Dron, Johnson Outdoors UK