THE NEW GENERATION IN MODULAR KAYAKS
As easy as 1, 2, 3 - Following the success of Point 65’s modular recreational kayaks - here the touring version. The Point 65 Mercury GTX 14/18 is a high performance, stable, decked modular touring kayak with a large cockpit with which to explore and then take back home in the trunk of your car. Like the recreational versions, the Mercury features the innovative snap tap solution. The Point 65 Snap-TAP technologies are protected under US and European patents.
The 415 cm/ 13’7’’ Mercury GTX breaks apart into three manageable pieces each weighing less than 11 kg/ 24,3 lbs. The 100cm/39’’ nose section fit’s snugly into the cockpit, making for easy stowage, for example in the trunk of your car. With an additional mid piece your Mercury GTX Solo is transformed into a 545cm/17’10’’ high performance, expedition tandem. Created by award-winning design engineer Magnus De Brito, the Mercury is a fun, versatile, high performance touring kayak.
Performance kayaking - The Mercury GTX 14/18 is a fast, fun while comfortably stable and straight tracking kayak that snaps apart and re-assembles in only a few seconds making it by far the most easy to carry touring kayak. The rotomolded polyethylene construction provides a combination of strength and impact resistance that most other materials can’t match.
It has lots of dry storage space with powder dry hatches front and aft. The Mercury GTX 14/18 is a rigid high-performance expedition solo/tandem - touring kayak that you can carry with a smile on your face and which will fit in the back of most cars. It will also fit comfortably in SUV, crossover and mini vans with plenty of room to spare.
Solo, tandem, triple etc. all in one No need to buy two kayaks. Snap in the tandem mid-section and your Mercury 14 expedition Solo is transformed into a high-performance Mercury 18 Tandem - so you can bring a friend. Add another mid section and your Mercury becomes a triple and so forth!
Ultimate seat comfort
The Mercury GTX is equipped with an extremely comfortable AIR seat. The AIR seat, with a pneu- matically adjustable backrest, gives the paddler an extremely comfortable and perfectly adjustable seating position.
The seat covers are made of highly durable and comfortable, honey-comb patterned material in combination with mesh-like fabric which is laminated and molded over EVA foam.
Comfort and performance - The large size of the comfy padded cockpit makes for easy entry and exit and its any paddler. It is equipped with an ergonomically designed seat with seat and back padding, foot braces, which provide for good leg support, and a comfortable paddling position. Add the fitting spray cover from Point 65 (Point Storm or Point Ocean size XL) and you can enjoy a dry ride even in rough conditions.
The Mercury GTX 14/18 comes fully equipped featuring an efficient ingenious keel rudder skeg featuring the innovative Symmetry skeg system, which allows you to drop the skeg/rudder with tremendously improved maneuverability compared to normal add on rudders which are most common on kayaks. a large aft oval and a round forward hatch creating two accessible watertight compartments for your gear. It also features foot pedals as well as cup holders and a comfortable seat & back pad.
Review of Point 65N Mercury by Craig Martin:
Possibly the most versatile kayak on the market, the Point 65N Mercury is a single, or a double, with the addition of a section. The sections lock together using a moulded link, and ratchet strap. Each cockpit is equipped with rudder pedals, and cords, so the rudder can be used in either configuration. The thing I love about the Mercury, is that it is a proper single, or double, with no compromise in performance. The kayak is quick, and agile in its handling. Also a great solution for those that do not want roof racks, or have storage issues.
Each cockpit has a seat, with inflatable backrest for comfort. The bow and stern sections have a rubber hatch, and provide both storage and flotation. There is a bungee in front of each cockpit, and a bottle holding recess behind each too. The cockpit rims on the Mercury are suitable to hold a neoprene spraydeck. The rudder is an extendable skeg (a turn of a knob to extend or retract) and when extended, the pod that houses it on the rear is free to move from side to side with the rudder cords looped on to a toplate, giving amazing bite.