This project's funding goal was not reached on August 6, 2013.
About this project
The DFP (Dive-Fish-Paddle) was designed using the latest CAD technology to be the most versatile, multi-functional kayak around. We wanted a platform that you could use in all the water activities that you enjoy.
Before we began designing the DFP we took a very hard look at what recreational kayakers were after. We studied forums and spent time on the water talking with individuals about their needs and desires. After all was said and done we found that most people were looking for 3 things:
Simple & Useful Room
The DFP addresses all these issues and then some. Please see below for a unique view on our design and why we know the DFP is the kayak you are looking for.
Length: 13 Feet, Width: 32 Inches, Weight: 75 Lbs, Capacity: 450 Lbs
1) Front Bow- This area was designed with the idea that the DFP would be taken to all different bodies of water from lakes & deltas to oceans and rivers. The swept nose & keel design is extremely effective in tracking and handling calm to moderate waters.
2) Tank Storage Area- Another stand out feature the DFP has to offer is this multi-functional cavity that can store additional air cylinders for scuba divers in a variety of sizes as well as strap in TrueRec’s forward Live well/ Bait tank. When neither scuba tanks or the livewell are needed this area opens up the useful deck area even more.
3) Center Hatch Combo- The Center Hatch Combo was developed in response to one of the biggest complaints we heard from kayakers, STORAGE. This one of a kind combination is located strategically on the flat deck and is easily accessible while seated or standing. The forward most hatch is molded in and makes a perfect place to mount batteries for fish finders or for additional dry storage. The main hatch when opened allows complete access to the entire inside of the hull. This makes it possible for you to store items such as 6’ & 8’ fishing rods under deck or any larger item you would like to take with you. The hatch combo is CNC made in house by TrueRec and is built strong for standing and kneeling. Both hatches come covered with Soft Deck for traction.
4) Flat Deck- Most of today’s sit-on-top recreational kayaks tend to have complex and abstract extrusions built into them making it difficult to stand or use the deck for anything other than keeping your feet in position. At TrueRec we live by the motto that “simple is better”. The deck (designed with a classic bass boat in mind) allows the user the room to sit, stand or kneel. This area also known to us as the “useful area” is a great place to access gear, rig up equipment and for the diver to perform their safety checks. The “flat” deck has slight angels to provide proper water drainage out the scuppers.
In order to provide you with the most comfort and traction as possible, TrueRec has teamed up with Soft Deck for comfortable and durable traction kits. This turf not only brings superior traction to the DFP but also adds to its unique and attractive look.
5) Rail System- It’s no secret that in today’s kayak world people want to be able to add their own custom touch to their boats as well as attach accessories and gadgets they need to get the job done. With this in mind we developed the Rail System. These two 22” x 1” rails comes stock with quick release foot pegs that are easily adjustable to exactly where you want them. If you don’t want them, simply rotate them out of the way and open up the deck even more. The rails will also accommodate most aftermarket accessories from fish finders to fishing rod holders and are a great place to mount spear guns. Made from aircraft grade aluminum with a powdercoated finish these rails are attractive as well as strong.
6) Dual Cup Holders- TrueRec is all about solving problems, and one thing we kept hearing people complain about was cup holders. The size, the quantity, and what they could actually hold was all discussed on numerous forums and by kayakers we encountered. To solve this we developed a dual cup holder located between the user’s legs. This tandem cup holder can hold standard or large containers as well as containers with handles.
7) SUP Pads- The “P” in DFP stands for paddle. The DFPs excellent stability both with the pontoons in and out makes it a great stand up ride. We installed pads to indicate the best center of gravity when paddling as well as provide your feet with superior traction.
8) Dry Hatch- Need a place to store your cell phone, wallet, or keys? This molded in 6” hatch is designed to stay bone dry and keep your valuables right by you and accessible. Don’t need dry storage? Then this compartment can easily be modified to act as a bait tank so you can grab those shrimp and minnows a little easier.
9) Pontoons- TrueRec’s innovative thinking and state of the art technology has allowed us to solve many frustrating problems with current kayak designs, but none like our Patent Pending On-Demand Pontoon System. This system solves the biggest problem of them all and one of the reasons we found a lot of people shy away from kayaking, stability. These pontoons are a spring loaded, over-the-center cam system that creates stability by fulcrum; we like to call it “fulcrum stability”. The pontoons lock in place with a locking mechanism and can be released with just a cable pull. Having the pontoons deployed make it even easier to stand and even get in and out of the kayak.
10) Scupper Holes- The DFP is not your average kayak by any means but it does carry some of the basic characteristics you see on other Sit-On-Top kayaks. Scupper holes are commonly used to drain unwanted water and are also used to support the top deck and the bottom of the hull. Again, the use of CAD technology has come into play insuring proper placement. There are ten scuppers located throughout the hull, six on the Flat Deck, two in the seat and two in the rear cargo area.
11) Seat- The DFP’s molded in seat is designed for comfort and ergonomics. It is deep to allow you to feel safer in rough waters and will fit most aftermarket seats. We are currently developing our High 2 seat that will fit right in and keep you up and on top of the water.
12) Seat Back- This multi functional area has the option of holding four built-in rod holders and is contoured to allow the easy removal of scuba tanks. Many other attachments can be bolted on to this area. This area is also a good place for higher seating.
13) Rear Cargo Area- The rear cargo area of the DFP is one of a kind. It has been designed to offer the most usable space available. At almost 10 gallons this area will support any single or double cylinder tank. One of the more popular things to do when rigging up a fishing kayak is to use milk crates to hold your tackle trays or extra gear. The DFP can hold a 6 gallon crate sideways and have a 4 gallon crate right behind it at the same time. Don’t need a 6 gallon and a 4 gallon crate? How about throw in a 30qt ice chest with the 4 gallon right behind it. It will fit.
Below is our expected production schedule:
July: Run a successful Kickstarter Campaign
August: Submit Purchase Order for aluminum molds with funds generated from our Kickstarter campaign. Move to a larger facility and setup for production.
October: Wait eagerly for our production molds to arrive. Order all components not manufactured in house. Begin manufacturing our CNC cut hatches and staff up for an aggressive assembly schedule.
November: Begin producing, assembling & shipping DFPs!
Your support will help kick True Recreation and the DFP into production by paying for our molds, miscellaneous tooling and our larger facility.
DFP Color Choices:
Black on Red- Red hull with Black powder coated rails and black Soft Deck.
Sandy Blue- Kind of Tan yet salt and peppery hull with Blue powder coated rails and black Soft Deck.
Zombie Black- Inspired by our Zombie Hunter Prototype (check out website) this comes with a dark camo blend hull, Zombie Fish Logos, and black or red powder coated rails and black Soft Deck.
We are happy to offer free shipping on all our gifts (even the 13’ DFP) to those in the lower 48 states. Unfortunately we can’t do this for Alaska, Hawaii or our international backers. Please contact us prior for shipping costs. International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and custom fees in addition to the shipping cost.
The prototypes shown in the video and photos are fully functional and tested. Some details shown may change in the final product development and manufacturing. Soft Deck will only be included on Sections 3,4,& 7. Aftermarket seat shown- not included.
Risks and challenges
When considering starting a manufacturing company there are many questions you should ask.
What could inhibit the production of the product?
Who can we trust to be sure everything goes as planned?
Will the product be competitive with other products out there?
How will we get the product to the consumer?
The main answer to these questions comes down to the people involved. At TrueRec we are a family based company who grew up together and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. As partners we compliment each other’s talents and pick up where the other one leaves off. This partnership allows us to handle a majority of the production of the DFP in house but being small we needed to seek out a few manufacturing partners. During the last four years of design and prototyping we have handpicked certain manufacturers whom we can trust and come with experience we don’t have.
One of the biggest components of kayak manufacturing and where most of the risk lies is the rotational molding of the hull. It requires large aluminum casted molds to spin in a large 3 axis oven. Since we do not have the oven and more importantly the 30+ years of experience in this process we have teamed up with a manufacturer who does.
With every new mold comes a trial period dialing in the mold and the machine and coming up with what is called the “recipe”. The “recipe” is the right combination of heat, rotation and time and will insure that every DFP meets the high quality expected by us at TrueRec. The manufacturer’s state of the art equipment and extensive knowledge will be invaluable to expediting this process and getting the first batch of DFPs to our backers. New molds also often require slight modifications in order to produce a high end quality part. Our roto-molder has fabricators onsite and can make modifications in house. This is important because it reduces the risk of delays on the initial order. Another risk with this process is if the oven goes down for a long period of time. In case of this unlikely occurrence we can use a company that works alongside the roto-molder to continue production.
The DFP will use only the highest quality materials used in the kayak industry to date. All parts made in house start life out engineered and simulated on Solidworks. Next they are built either by skilled hands or created by computer controlled machines such as CNC routers and laser. The final assembly will be done at our facility in Redding, CA. We will be using the extensive knowledge learned while producing our prototypes to properly plan and prepare for the kickstarter kayaks to come in. All finished products will be inspected for quality and completion. The DFP will be proudly made in the USA.
The last real risk and challenge specific to the Kickstarter campaign will be shipping the kayak to the backer. Building and shipping a 13’ boat is no easy task and requires a lot of coordination with all parties involved. Countless hours have been spent calculating the time it takes from tooling to assembly to shipping. We have developed an aggressive but attainable schedule to make sure that backers get their products on time and hope we do not encounter any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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