Southern Skua

The Ruahine Southern Skua (formerly made by Q-Kayaks) was designed for expeditions where distances are to be covered in varying sea conditions.

With its low deck profile, the Southern Squa is able to perform extremely well in windy conditions, while its longer hull gives it greater speed and allows it to respond in a following sea to surf the waves. The Southern Skua gives maximum stability in the open sea. A handy third compartment behind the cockpit can be reached while paddling.

The Southern Skua comes with an option of a small or a larger cockpit.

Tim’s note “Max and Margaret from Q-Kayaks designed this sea kayak. They are now at the stage in life where they want to enjoy their paddling and spend less time in the workshop so they have asked me to continue the tradition and keep building this awesome yak. Cheers guys.”

ABILITY LEVEL – suitable for all paddlers

IDEAL PADDLER SIZE – suitable for all paddlers

LENGTH – 5.4m

WIDTH – 0.60m

VOLUME – 365L (front 80L, rear 80L, centre compartment 45L, cockpit 160L)

COCKPIT – 71 X 44cm

WEIGHT – Kevlar   22kg

PRICE –        $4990


Demo Kayaks – no demo kayak is available at this time.

Ordering – I work on a 3 week turnaround. In many cases I will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. I will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup– I am based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask me for an estimate.

Colours – all kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn’t show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo’s) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering I will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  


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  • Safety Flag $35
  • DayTwo neoprene spray deck $147
  • DayTwo Kevlar spray deck $230
  • Day Two Adventure Racer PFD $230
  • Wing paddle $TBA
  • NZ Kayaker Sea Kayak L1 Certification $350