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Kayalu Introduces Portable Stern Light with Advancement in Mast Technology

Rapid fastening system overcomes limitations of rigid pole and suction-cup based lighting solutions

Date: January 18, 2010
Release: Immediately
Contact: Katerina Potter
617 338-2222
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(Boston, MA — January 18, 2010) Kayalu today introduced the Kayalite™, a portable
stern light for kayaks, canoes and boats, using a mast technology capable of surviving a kayak roll or impact with a foreign object such as a low-lying tree branch. This mast technology represents a significant advancement in reliability from other commercial stern light solutions, particularly those requiring installation of a rigid mount, a suction cup, or insertion into an existing rod holder.

The Kayalite is easily secured to any existing eyelet or pad eye on the afterdeck,
minimizing the need for permanent alterations to the surface. A tension cable at the Kayalite’s core ensures that the stern light stays upright, flexing upon impact to prevent snapping or detaching. A resilient foam base adapts to contours and imperfections on the kayak’s surface and prevents scratches and dents.

“Unprecedented access to high-tech composites and other rugged materials is spurring innovation in the outdoor accessory market,” said Kayalu President Steve Hollinger, inventor of the patent-pending Kayalu mast. “Paddlers finally can enjoy after-dark outings with a stern light designed for reliability.”

The Kayalite’s industrial Tektite Mark III bright white LED light has a 10,000-hour
lamp life and is operable for 200 hours on the three included AA batteries. The Kayalite is constructed of high-impact polymers, marine-grade hardware and a saltwater resistant nylon-coated bungee cord. While the Kayalite is buoyant, it remains operable at 1,000 feet (300m) below sea level. Installed properly on the afterdeck, the Kayalite meets U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations for stern lighting of kayaks, canoes and small boats. Other lights for navigation may be required depending on size and type of the watercraft.

Kayalu, the outdoor products division of S. H. Pierce & Co., has filed for international
patent protection on a range of high-performance boating accessories including portable camera and GPS mounts for use on irregular or unstable surfaces. All Kayalu products carry a 30-day guarantee and 90-day repair or replacement warranty. The Kayalite is available online at and through authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of $39.95.


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