Durable, reliable, and versatile. This most popular model, the Mark II is time tested and tough with a life expectancy lasting decades. This model is the most versatile of any of our designs: tandem or solo paddling, fishing, sailing, day trips or long expeditions. The Mark II offers stability in the roughest conditions and for beginner paddlers. From the local lake, to the Florida Everglades, to the fjords of Norway, to the icy waters around Antarctica, the Mark II can take you there.
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The Mark II features craftsman built ash and birch frame dipped in four coats of sealer and varnish to provide a beautiful, hard and long lasting finish. The hull is mad of the finest black Hypalon rubber, a time tested product whose strength and durability are legendary. The center rib of the Mark II, rib #4, is structurally engineered for strength and is the location of the rudder pedal mount.
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My wife and I went out to Long Haul Kayaks to pick up our kayak and the experience exceeded our expectations in every way. For us, that is a very strong statement but one well earned by Mark Eckhart, the owner.
The entire purchasing process from research to pickup was outstanding. I spent a significant amount of time reviewing opinions of Long Haul business practices, build quality, and after purchase customer support. All were excellent. Mr. Eckhart's office manager was instrumental in making the purchase by answering numerous questions both quickly and informatively. If she did not have an immediate answer for any of my questions, she quickly found the accurate answer and let me know. Because of my lengthy purchase research, my decision to buy came just after a price increase. I was offered the pre-increase price. A very generous offer considering prices haven't been raised for three years.
Mr. Eckhart generously opened his shop to us on the holiday which helped my trip scheduling. A sincere thank you to Mrs. Eckhart for her husband's time. The spouses and families of small businessmen are rarely appreciated for their sacrifices. My wife and I arrived early, but Mr. Eckhart was ready for us with our boat set up and fully rigged for inspection. After going over the sails and rigging, I inspected nearly every seam of the hull. All excellent. Quite a few stainless steel rivets are used in the frame so I inspected them. None that I saw were over or under compressed. The rivet heads and ends all appeared properly formed. Mr. Eckhart patiently waited while I did this and answered any questions I had. He also took time to insure that my wife was well informed and patiently answered her questions as well. It was a pleasure to deal with a prompt and professional businessman.
We were given an outstanding block of instruction on assembly, disassembly, and packing of the kayak. We will be flying with the kayak so we spoke at length about various techniques which were very helpful. There are also helpful videos online which you are given on a CD. My wife has developed a knee problem so we discussed how to manage that and found the "Stand Up Strap" to be very helpful. We were offered a tour of the workshop which can be a good way to learn about the craftsmen and craftsmanship involved in a handmade product. See pics. We purchased a "Kayak Field Repair Kit" and instead of just handing it to us, Mr. Eckhart spent time going through it and explain how the different items are used. There is quite a bit in that kit, making for a very comprehensive setup. Long Haul kayaks are also used by the U.S. Special Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, both of which can purchase any kayak they want, but choose the Long Haul.
Mr. Eckhart's shop is located in the very rural and very beautiful area of Cedaredge, Colorado. Plenty of stunning views, winding roads, roadside fruit and produce stands , and local diners made the road trip a pleasure. We also found a wide variety of lodging options.
"Concierge Service" and "Bespoke" are two very over used terms in today's business, but they assuredly apply to Mark Eckhart and Long Haul Kayaks. Long Haul Kayaks are a fully customizable, handmade product made by craftsmen that support their community. They are not inexpensive, but are worth every dollar. You get what you pay for.
The Mark 2 has a ash and birch wooden frame with fiberglass rods that are easy to assemble. It takes me 45 minutes to put together by myself. I enjoy the process. The hull is Hypolon rubber and the deck is Seamark. (a synthetic material that will resist rot and look great years to come). My deck is blue and my Velcro Spray cover is bright yellow for visibility.
We purchased a 1.6 M Kayaksailor with a .6 M Genoa last year at the same time. Mark Eckhart, the owner of Long haul, modified the front of the spray cover to fit the Klepper America mount that the Kayaksailor sail is mounted to. I think if you ask Mark for anything he will figure out how it could be done.
This may be a good time to mention that Long Haul Folding Kayak stands behind their kayaks with a great guarantee and very good customer service. Both before and after the sale. I had a frame part that was not quite right and Mark overnight shipped a replacement piece. In addition, I find they are willing to answer all my questions and they make you feel like family. Their Facebook posts continually welcome new kayak owners to the ever growing Long Haul family. Nice job to all the crew at Long Haul. You are the best!
We took our Mark 2 out on Lake Superior 3 times last summer and the last time proved to me just how stable this kayak is. Rounding a breakwater in Marquette MI, about 1 mile out, the waves changed from 1 foot or less to 3-4 feet high. We had 2 choices, to turn around or to continue on. After a few minutes of being in the washing machine like conditions we could see we were no danger so we continued on. We even had the confidence to return rather than beach the kayak on the other side of Presque Isle. Other kayakers turned back when they saw the conditions ahead. It was a wonderful way to find out just how seaworthy our Mark 2 really is.
Long Haul offers several options in each kayak. I choose a lighter hull and lighter frame. I had 4 keel strips placed on the hull by each keel edge and the fiberglass rods for additional abrasion resistance. After 25 times on inland lakes the hull looks as good as it did when I unpacked it the first time. I decided to have the stainless fittings rather than aluminum for greater durability. Mark Eckhart calls them bomb proof. I have never felt the Seamark deck gets hot in the summer. The Velcro Spray cover is water proof and I never felt hot inside. We use it every time to stay dry.
The rudder is large and works very well with it's integrated Rib #4 foot peddles. I bought the solo package in case my wife didn't want to go out. This spring I decided to purchase a 36 Sq.Ft. HP Sport Balogh Sail Design sail with the BOSS Extreme outrigger system so we can catch more wind this year so we can get it up to the top hull speed. Long Haul sells the BSD sails and modified my stern keel and coamings to accept the sail rig. My spraycover was also modified for the mast and crossbar that will be behind the front paddler. I can't wait to get the kayak in the water and test it out. Right now the water is too cold to be in so this was a great time to have the modifications made. having the Kayaksailor sails up front and the BSD sail behind will be great fun. We are confident in the stability to run as a schooner this year.
In summary, my wife and I are not in this sport to be the fastest kayak on the water or the first in the water. When strictly paddling we can maintain over 4 MPH with ease and the kayak glides well. Tracking is perfect and I have not felt the kayak being blown around by the wind. The initial and secondary stability is great due in part to the double chine in the hull and the sponsons. We appreciate the stability far more than a long, narrow, light kayak that could go slightly faster. I feel we can extend the distance our day trips take us because of the sails and the comfort built in this kayak. We are day trip kayakers but we know that if we wanted to take a camping trip there is plenty of room for gear inside and on the deck. There are many D ring tie downs and a full length life line on the deck.
The capacity of the Mark 2 is 800-900 LBS depending on if you choose the Classic package with 2 full length sponsons or the Quarto with 4 sponsons. These air filled bladders are inserted in a smooth fabric and are permanently sewn to the hull. Each sponson has a plastic hose that is for filling with an air pump. I wish the openings for the sleeve for the sponsons were turned the opposite way so when you insert the frame in the hull it would not catch from time to time. I always go slow so as not to do any damage to the sleeves.
Safety, stability, comfort, reliability, rugged, fun to use, are just a few of the words to describe this kayak. Having a manufacturer in the USA that stands behind his kayaks is a huge plus for me. I love the wood frame and the way the kayak plows through the waves instead of bobbing up and down all day. I would never have an aluminum frame kayak. There is no art or craftsmanship to an aluminum frame.
I hope to trailer the kayak this year to lengthen our outings but being able to take a large kayak inside your car on a longer trip is a great advantage.
If you want a kayak that is well made here in the USA, with a great guarantee, that is stable and fun, this is your next ride.
The boat takes a lot of gear and yet flies through the surf. Extremely durable and stable while sailing through 25 knots gusts, yet easy to paddle on narrow channels.
Can't wait to take it back to the Everglades this December.
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This is the story of the first 76.4 miles water journey paddling and sailing our new Long Haul Mark II Commando folding kayak in the beautiful and quite challenging Everglades National Park. Enjoy!