What other Canoes and Kayaks would I like?!
Nova Craft Pal in TuffStuff
A green one of course, primarily for solo paddling - Hoping to test one of these shortly.
Dagger Axiom 8.5
For a more dedicated white water boat (playful with a low volume stern) plus surfing at the beach
Not tried it on the water yet but the cockpit fits me really nicely and the Ergo Contour outfitting (same as on my Katana) is very comfortable.
Length: 259cm (8'6") Width: 65cm (25.5") Deck Height: 34cm (13.5") Weight: 19kg Volume: 238 litres Paddler Weight: 59kg - 95kg
Splat, surf, squirt…the Axiom does it all. A stable river-running kayak with seamless edging and a craving for play, the Axiom is comfortable on steep creeks, big water waves, and everything in between.
Winner of the 2011 Canoe & Kayak UK Whitewater Kayak of the Year.
With a matching lime Maverick G5 whitewater paddle!
A composite sea kayak
Currently considering a Seabird Scott MV, P&H Cetus MV, Tiderace Xcite and Tiderace Xplore. Only tested the Diolen Seabird Scott so far and quite impressed especially at the much lower price compared to the others.
Seabird Scott MV
Length: 518cm (17') Beam: 55.9cm (22") Weight: 27kg Volume: 330 litres Paddler Weight Range: 70kg-90kg
The Seabird Scott was designed especially for typical British sea conditions by Rob Feloy, the Devon based naval architect internationally renowned for his record breaking (inc. transocean) kayak and yacht designs and the innovative Inuk ultra fast kayaks - A man who knows a thing or two about kayak design! It is designed to handle rough water and be manoeuvrable and nimble with good stability, comfort and seaworthiness. The hull has a deep rocker curvature, shallow V form with flat bottomed mid section and hard chines, allowing the kayak to edge and carve well in turns. The Seabird Scott LV is theoretically too small for me as , at 82kg, I am above it's recommended weight limit but I was surprised at how stable it was for a relatively narrow kayak and you could really feel the secondary stability kick in. Within a minute of getting in I felt really at home in it and totally secure. It cut through the water like butter and was very responsive on edge but so far only tried it on flat water. The Seabird Scott HV is really too big for me as I am right at the bottom of it's recommended weight limit, and it felt big when sitting in the cockpit, but I was surprised at how well I got on with it and it out performed my Capella 166 RM in every aspect (On the sea this time). Rock solid stability, picked up waves more easily to surf, turned faster despite being a bigger boat and surprisingly, even though it was theoretically too high a volume for me and was unloaded so floating high I had no problems with weathercocking in conditions when my Capella (unloaded) was quite noticeably weathercocking. The Seabird Scott MV is theoretically the ideal size for me but haven't been able to get hold of a demonstrator for this one yet but keeping my fingers crossed - This could be the one.
(Update - I now have a Seabird Scott MV - Excellent so far, I absolutely love it! More detailed review coming soon)!
Sea Palling Norfolk January 2017.
A white Seabird Scott LV and a yellow Seabird Scott MV
Using a traditional wooden Greenland Paddle (Thanks Mike!) in the Seabird Scott MV
NDK (SKUK) Greenlander Pro Sea Kayak
There seems to be some conflicting information on the internet regarding the exact sizing of the Greenlander Pro (and it's size relative to the standard Greenlander which is supposed to be 2"/50mm shorter) but on checking with the manufacturer I was told (which doesn't seem to match either of the published figures exactly!):
Length: 17'7" (535.9cm calculated) Beam: 20 3/4" (52.7cm calculated)
Other internet sites show: Length: 540cm(547cm?) (17' 8.6"/ 17. 11.3"?) Beam: 54.5cm (21.46") Weight: 24?kg Volume: 296 litres
For straight A to B passages as fast as possible I like the classic hard chine looks of the NDK Greenlander Pro sea kayak which, with it's reduced rocker, is optimised for straight line speed rather than manoeuvrability and it is generally considered to be a fast kayak. It's an old design and likely to feel "tippy" until you get used to the initial stability characteristics of a hard chine hull, hopefully I now have a level of experience that will allow me to cope with this. They seem to be available quite cheaply secondhand, I guess because pure hard chine designs seem to have fallen out of favour (except with the Greenland kayak rolling specialists but they tend to choose very low volume designs rather than expedition boats) and most people now opt for one of the more modern designs. Old school maybe but something about the Greenlander Pro just appeals to me.
If anyone has one for sale (cheaply!) please contact me via the contact form on this web site - Crashed bashed and damaged examples considered!
Length: 17'2" (523cm) Beam: 20" (51cm calculated) Depth 11.5" 29cm c.22.5kg
Regarded by many as the precursor to all production fibreglass sea kayaks the legendary Anas Acuta was derived from a genuine Greenland kayak brought back to the UK in 1959 and was produced in fibreglass in the early 1970s and is still made by Valley kayaks today. With it's highly rockered hard chine design it is renowned for it's manouverability, abilty to handle rough weather and ease of rolling and said to be be an amazing play and surf kayak. Originally made with a small ocean cockpit most modern versions now have the larger key hole cockpit which while annoying the purists makes it easier to enter and exit. I have never paddled one but everything written about it makes me one to try one (If I can fit in!) especially as I spend more time playing in the surf zones than long distance paddling!
If anyone has one for sale (cheaply!) please contact me via the contact form on this web site - Even extremely crashed bashed and damaged examples considered!
If I can't find a cheap Greenlander Pro or an Anas Acuta then I quite like the idea of building a stich and glue plywood Shrike Greenland style kayak using the free plans kindly made available by http://cnckayaks.com/project/shrike/
I'd like to finish it in natural wood colour though.
Not another kayak but a new paddle!
To the unitiated, including me until recently, used to a standard Euro style paddle the traditional Greenland paddle, with no feather angle and a thin blade, looks unsophisticated and not very powerful. However, after trying out a friend's Greenland paddle, while at sea in a strong wind recently, I came away extremely impressed with it's style, efficiency and ease of paddling. Unlike a high tech Euro paddle in fibreglass or Carbon Fibre they also look reasonably easy to make so - next project I am going to make myself a nice wooden one of these! Would suit the style of the Anas Acuta or NDK Greenlander Pro Kayak perfectly.
(Update - I have been using a borrowed wooden Greenland paddle with my Seabird Scott MV a lot recently, thanks Mike, and I am now an absolute convert to this style of paddle to the extent that my Werner Corryvrekan will be relegated to be used as my spare split paddle as soon as I can make or purchase my own Greenland paddle)