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.
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 - Even crashed bashed and damaged examples in need of significant repair 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 Originally made with a small ocean cockpit most modern versions now have the larger key hole cockpit which while annoying the purists makes it easier to enter and exit.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 stitch and glue plywood Shrike Greenland style kayak using the free plans kindly made available by https://cnckayaks.com/project/shrike/
I'd like to finish it in natural wood colour though.
Not another kayak but a new paddle!
To the uninitiated, including me until a few years ago, used to using a standard Euro style paddle the traditional wooden 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, 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 (although you can also buy carbon fire Greenland Paddles) 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 am an absolute convert to this style of paddle to the extent that my carbon fibre and fibreglass Werner Corryvrekan paddle has been relegated for use as my spare split paddle and my primary paddle is now a beautiful wooden Greenland Paddle that was custom made for me.
My Greenland Paddle - I love it!
(The paddle is symmetrical it is only the camera angle that makes it look like it isn't!)
I am into my 3rd season with this particular paddle now paddling in both salt and freshwater and it is holding up well. The wood is just oiled, with Danish Oil and Pure Tung Oil, not varnished. I usually try to rinse it in freshwater after each use and once dry will often then give it a 30 second wipe over with a cloth dipped in oil to maintain the finish and keep it waterproof. Any scrapes or dings it picks up are left to dry out then oiled as soon as I get home to prevent water ingress into the wood. It looks so nice I keep it hanging on my study wall for decoration!
If you have never tried a Greenland Paddle, or are sceptical like I was initially, then watch this video from Cape Falcon Kayak which gives you an overview of the use and advantages. Cape Falcon also have a link and video with instructions on how to make a Greenland Paddle yourself easily and cheaply. All I can say is I would never want to be without my Greenland Paddle now and I find paddling, bracing and rolling just much easier, and more gentle and pleasant, with it and I feel more secure and safer in my kayak. Try one yourself and give yourself a day or so to to get used to it and I am sure you will be most pleasantly surprised! Take careful note of what he says about "flutter". If you feel the Greenland paddle fluttering or making a "ripping" sound through the water then you have not got your technique (or paddle sizing) quite right and this can put some people off before they obtain the right technique. When used correctly it should be near silent and completely flutter free and an absolute joy to paddle with.