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Covid impacts on Supplies (14/6/2021)
Manufacturers, including producers of kayaks, are feeling the pinch of Covid as supplies begin to arrive late, or not at all. Lockdowns and protocols have impacted on transport and shipping, interfering with world trade as never before this decade. Not only are companies under pressure due to the illness itself and the absence of employees, essential materials and fittings are running short. The unexpected blocking of the Suez Canal, the lifeblood of sea trade, did not help. Shipping is struggling to meet demands as it itself is under pressure. Just today saw the first demonstrations of locals against passenger ships arriving in Venice for the first time since the first lockdowns. That life, including tourism and commerce, will never be the same again post-Covid is sinking into the most stubborn of mindsets. Morning commuters blocking the world's freeways for the better half of the last century and most of this one may well become a rare sight in future, whether governments regulate it or not. People will simply choose more responsibly in future. Local producers of kayaks, like PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions may have been taken by surprise by the spin-off from the Covid Pandemic, with demand rising exponentially, as a result of the increase in local travel and exploration. This augers well for stronger local industries, the logical outcome of a pandemic rocking the world like nothing since the Second World War. Consumers can now look forward to obtaining craft locally and forming special bonds with manufacturers who, like PaddleYak Sea Kayaks, continued supplying their craft throughout the pandemic. When at its height and with its premises locked down, PaddleYak took its craft to its workers' homes where they could continue to work to see the first wave out. After that it moved its premises closer to them to minimise commuting. So, whilst still facing supply challenges, manufacturers are beginning to show innovative changes which may be laying the foundation for new ways of production in future. PaddleYak Sea Kayaks are in the midst of these changes and holding its own. Craft expected to be launched in 2021 include the PY TravelYak Split, the world's first split sit-on sea kayak with nesting parts which effectively reduce the volume for easier travel and portaging, a new recreational surfski, the PY Viva!, a fast, top-end racing and training surfsk, the PY Elegance and a new, compact touring sit-on double, the PY Gypsy Duo, to complement its successful PY Gypsy single. Both these craft will feature PaddleYak's innovative hybrid concept, providing the option of either having the caft as a sit-on, or as a hybrid sit-on/sit-in. To obtain your new kayak, look no further than PaddleYak Kayaks, It pioneered local sea kayak production in the 1990's and it's still forging the way. Order your PaddleYak today. Add a touch of class. Ph +27 (0)825562520 or email info@seakayak.co.za . Its as simple as that.

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2  August  2021


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