GL found a€?no noticeable weathercocking with the wind coming from any direction; I felt no need to adjust trim, lean or paddle stroke while paddling across a stiff wind. The Murrelet is a great kayak for Greenland-style rolling, and yet has some stowage advantages for long trips. The Pinguino had a€?good acceleration, with a cruising speed fast enough for group paddlesa€? (GL).
For more reviews and customer comments, check out our Customer Feedback page, our Blog, and be sure to follow us on Facebook. Lately, I’ve embraced a philosophy of “stepping out.” Sometimes that means harder runs, or tackling trickier expeditions like the Powell Pilgrimage.
From the Mag (C&K Winter 2016): Sam Sutton blurs through the first of three cracks in the “Eyes of God” gorge of Kyrgyzstan’s Sary-Jaz River.
A half a million shares, 75,387 Facebook likes, and tens of millions of views paints the picture: the snow kayaking footage from the ‘90s shot by ski filmmaker Warren Miller is as viral as it gets. Film by Will Stauffer-Norris and NRS Films “You’ve got to believe in the power of the river to take care of itself. In my book, nothing on the planet matches self-propelled boats and water for the spectrum of gratifications; from thrills to serenity, and from awe to that delicious touch of terror.
An absolutely stunning stitch-and-glue kayak kit, also available with a cedar-strip deck for more advanced builders. The newest addition to our enormously popular Wood Duck line is a lightweight, fast-paddling recreational double with solid tracking. Salmo 15 can be fitted with additional outrigger (one side float) which makes the boat very stable and safe. Acknowledging the market demand for stable recreational kayaks but unable to resist the urge to play in big water, Schade created the Petrel Play, a 14 foot recreational kayak based on the stitch-and-glue Petrel.
For many paddling trips the greater speed and tracking of the 17 foot Petrel is unnecessary. The versatile Petrel Play is suitable for a novice paddler who just wants a stable, easy to paddle kayak as well as the more experienced paddler who wants a responsive and manoeuvrable boat for playing in surf or rock gardens. Like the stitch-and-glue Petrel, it has super-waterproof rubber hatches, giving it a rugged, business-like look. The Petrel Play is a sleek, West Greenland-style kayak with advanced handling qualities in all conditions, especially waves.
The Petrel Play is a sophisticated design that is not the easiest to build but the complexity pays off in the paddling.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this will be deducted from the kit price. The manual does not contain the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this. A lightweight surf kayak with terrific responsiveness and enough speed to catch the big waves.
A tough but flexible epoxy resin system that can be used to bond dissimilar materials including plastics for waterproof bonds that can absorb stress without cracking. The stitch-and-glue Petrel is a Greenland-style sea kayak with speed and refined handling that excels in surfing conditions. Nick Schade's line of strip-planked Greenland-style sea kayaks are renowned for sophisticated performance on the water, beautiful lines and sculptural hull details, but strip-planked boatbuilding is not for everyone.
The new stitch-and-glue version of the cedar-strip Petrel eliminates the fussy strip-planking procedure.
Like the original strip-planked version, the stitch-and-glue Petrel has a transitioning chine; a soft multi-chine bow and a hard-chine stern.


It can be built with all the features paddlers expect from a modern sea kayak; features not found in any other kayak kit.
The stitch-and-glue Petrel is a sophisticated design that is not the easiest to build but the complexity pays off in the paddling. Schade also created a shorter, wider version of the Petrel: the 14-foot Petrel Play will suit a beginner for exploring lakes, or an expert surfing big waves. The stitch-and-glue Night Heron is a thoroughly modern plywood sea kayak that will appeal to athletic paddlers. This stitch-and-glue version of the Night Heron tends to track a little more stiffly than the original, due to a slightly sharper v-shape at the stem and stern. The chine on the foredeck provides clearance to keep your paddle stroke entry close to the boat while paddling with a high or low paddle angle.
The stitch-and-glue Night Heron has proven extremely popular with builders, thanks to the high performance, aggressive styling and great looks.
You can read about the build process in a stitch-and-glue Night Heron build log (with photos) on our forum.
There is also a Hybrid Night Heron, which combines the plywood hull of the stitch-and-glue Night Heron with the cedar-strip deck of the original.
Please note that when building from plans you will need to use traditional scarf joints to join the panels instead of the puzzle joints that are used in the kit. I loved the light weight for car-topping and enjoyed paddling and showing off this wooden beauty. I found I could ride the wakes at a slight angle with a strong stern rudders and stay on the wave.
While its top-end speed is, as expected, not as much as that of the longer sea kayaks, it is certainly up to cruising. All we needed to know was that his sea touring line performed well in crosswinds without rudders. The finished product draws admiring stares from passersby, and it handles well on the water, too. We also loaded 420 pounds into it, which did not even begin to approach it's safe loading limits.
Separate outwales and slotted inwales cap off the wood construction and give good tie points, as well as easy emptying. It didn’t happen, and many a canoeist was among those who scoffed at the Mayans and their silly doomsday predictions. Available in three build-it-yourself sizes and available with cedar strip decks, these lightweight Greenland-style kayaks have sleek good looks and an excellent turn of speed.
The Shearwater 17 has a West Greenland profile for responsiveness, speed, and handling in waves. Sculptural lines for handling that will thrill the most discerning paddler, and an extravagantly detailed pre-cut kit by Chesapeake Light Craft.
This shorter, wider kayak will suit a beginner for exploring lakes, or an expert surfing big waves. A shorter boat can be more responsive, lighter, easier to store and still paddle fast enough to get where you want efficiently and comfortably.
It will appeal to paddlers of all shapes, sizes and skill levels for moderate pace cruising and has good stability in waves, with the ability to lean comfortably. These hatches are recessed to minimise spray and ease rescue techniques and the cockpit is also recessed to make rolling easier. A sport-oriented kayak for surfing, it is fast enough to keep up with most full length sea kayaks as long as you don't want to race.


This is the comprehensive manual that accompanies the kit; reading it will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat.
For many people, the hours involved in building a strip boat just don't fit into their lives. Computer-cut plywood panels for the hull and deck are stitched together with wire, then reinforced with epoxy and fibreglass. This allows for responsive control surfing, with less tendency for the bow to lock in and softer landings going up through waves. It has super-waterproof rubber hatches, including a day hatch behind the cockpit, giving it a rugged, business-like look. The boat works well as a long distance touring kayak for smaller paddlers or as a day or overnight boat for larger paddlers. It is based on the original cedar-strip Night Heron but uses stitch-and-glue construction with distinctive puzzle-joints that fit together easily. Due to the plywood construction this version has a more defined hard chine than the strip version. Many builders adopt Nick's multi-colour staining approach, with each of the jigsaw-puzzled parts a different hue.
This option is for those wanting to obtain the other materials needed to build the boat from other sources. The Pinguino is an entirely tour-capable kayak that would keep me upright while I enjoy the scenery and take photosa€? (TE, 6a€™ 1a€?, 200-pound male).
Wet-exiting after a capsize wasna€™t hampered by the standard cockpita€™s shorter and narrower opening. When unloaded, the GoldenEye gave all of our reviewers a sense of easy, effortless paddling, perhaps because of its light weight. In the wind conditions I encountered it just went where I pointed it (DA, 6'1", 175 lb male).
The canoe nearly resembles a lapstrake boat, or better yet, a wooden version of fabric stretched over an internal frame. It can be built with the same retractable skeg used in the stitch-and-glue Petrel, but this is not included in the kit for the Petrel Play. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction. The simplified plywood hull has its own sculptural qualities and gives up none of the performance and handling of the original.
The Pinguinoa€™s light weight made it easy to empty water from the cockpit. Puzzle joints, one of Schade's signature design motifs, give the stitch and glue Petrel great artistic flair. It also has an efficient retractable skeg, which is easy to adjust and is offset from the centre line to virtually eliminate jamming. The stitch-and-glue Petrel is not very easy to build from plans unless you have plenty of experience.
Otherwise, the performance of the different kayaks in designer Nick Schade's Night Heron range are all quite similar. The surprising resulta€”in that this was a wide boat with a large deck height not designed with the advanced paddler in minda€”was that it was one of the best wave performers of the two surf sessions.




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