One of the long boat standards, the Explorer set a baseline for an all-day-comfortable, expedition style boat. Designed to work in most waters we are able to paddle on the sea, it has received Sea Kayaker Magazine’s Readers Choice award three times. At Maine Island Kayak Co, all new full price boat sales include custom foam fitting: a personalized process that brings our world class boats into a league of their own.

NDK Explorer 50/50 Hybrid 3-piece

Price: $6,185

An expeditioner's dream boat: this 3-piece Explorer with the 50/50 carbon kevlar and fiberglass layup, is light enough to handle and tough enough to take you anywhere you can sea kayak. The sections clip together easily, each with four cam locks. 3-piece boats are simple and lightweight to transport.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Hybrid 50/50 with carbon kevlar deck, seat, and bulkheads
  • Colors: Pure Orange/Zinc Yellow/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 35"
  • Footrests: Yakima, not yet installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Rear rope with new composite box
  • Extras: Rear oval hatch; 3-piece with quick lock cam buckle attachment

About NDK Explorers

Nigel Dennis's award winning design for real world rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

The Explorer has  won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Expedition Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

NDK Explorer Hybrid 50/50

Price: $4,485

The Hybrid 50/50 layup combines a carbon kevlar deck, seat and bulkheads for less weight with a fiberglass expedition hull for strength and resilience to rough use. The yellow deck and trim increase visibility.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2015
  • Layup: Hybrid 50/50 with carbon kevlar deck, seat, and bulkheads
  • Colors: Sun Yellow/White/Yellow
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 34"
  • Footrests: Yakima, not yet installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Custom front bulkhead, Clear foredeck dragon

About NDK Explorers

Nigel Dennis's award winning design for real world rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

The Explorer has  won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Expedition Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

NDK Explorer

Price: $3,985

A  boat with standard expedition layup in a great color combination.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Spring Green/White/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box

About NDK Explorers

Nigel Dennis's award winning design for real world rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

The Explorer has  won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Expedition Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

NDK Explorer

Price: $3,985

A standard expedition layup with expedition bungees on the foredeck.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Yellow/White/Red
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Karitek slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Expedition bungee

About NDK Explorers

Nigel Dennis's award winning design for real world rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

The Explorer has  won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Expedition Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

NDK Explorer

Price: $3,985  Sale Price: $3,700

Take advantage of special pricing on this older model Explorer. Slight cosmetic markings won't affect legendary NDK toughness.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2012
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Red/White/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Slider with composite box
  • Extras: Green dragon on rear deck
  • Notes: Older model; unwrapped; some marks

About NDK Explorers

Nigel Dennis's award winning design for real world rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

The Explorer has  won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Expedition Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

NDK Explorer w Oval Hatch

NDK Explorer with Oval Hatch

Price: $4,190

An Explorer with a rear oval hatch for ease of loading and transporting larger items.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2014
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Black/Yellow/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 34"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Custom front bulkhead; large rear oval hatch

About NDK Explorers

Nigel Dennis's award winning design for real world rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

The Explorer has three times won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Expedition Kayak.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

ND Explorer HV with Oval Hatch

Price: $4,265

A gorgeous new boat with a rear oval hatch.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Distant Blue/White/Zinc Yellow
  • Front Bulkhead: 36"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Rear oval hatch; Yellow hull ends; Foredeck dragon

About NDK Explorer HVs

The Explorer HV is built on the same hull as NDK’s award winning Explorer design for real world rough water paddling and covering distances. The Explorer HV is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the larger sized paddler. The higher deck offers more inside room for one’s legs, while the knee bumps allow for greater knee height. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer HV combines rugged NDK build quality and large carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer HV paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front, but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight: 170-240 lbs.

 

NDK Explorer HV

Price: $4,130

A distinctive color combination with a yellow keel strip.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2014
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: White/Black/Yellow
  • Front Bulkhead: 37"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: Yes, Yellow
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Custom front bulkhead; Yellow keel strip

About NDK Explorer HVs

The Explorer HV is built on the same hull as NDK’s award winning Explorer design for real world rough water paddling and covering distances. The Explorer HV is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the larger sized paddler. The higher deck offers more inside room for one’s legs, while the knee bumps allow for greater knee height. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer HV combines rugged NDK build quality and large carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer HV paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front, but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

NDK Explorer HV

Price: $3,985  Sale Price: $3,700

Reduced pricing on an older model Explorer in classic colors.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year:
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: British Racing Green/White/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Karitek slider
  • Notes: Unwrapped

About NDK Explorer HVs

The Explorer HV is built on the same hull as NDK’s award winning Explorer design for real world rough water paddling and covering distances. The Explorer HV is NDK’s main expedition kayak for the larger sized paddler. The higher deck offers more inside room for one’s legs, while the knee bumps allow for greater knee height. Faster than the Romany family, it is less maneuverable, yet directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer HV combines rugged NDK build quality and large carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer HV paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front, but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. It is fitted with the same high performance glass seat, low rear deck for easy rolling, long keyhole cockpit for excellent fit and quick exits as needed. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight: 170-240 lbs.

NDK Explorer LV

Price: $3,985  Sale Price: $3,700

The low volume model of the classic NDK Explorer.

Specifications

  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year:
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Red/White/Blue
  • Front Bulkhead: 33"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Karitek slider
  • Seat: NDK foam
  • Notes: Older model; unwrapped; some marks

About NDK Explorer LVs

The Explorer LV is built on the same hull as NDK’s award winning Explorer design for real world rough water paddling and covering distances. Its shorter and narrower keyhole cockpit is designed for the smaller and shorter paddler. Its volume is less than the Explorer, but greater than the Pilgrim Expedition, and will support a heavier paddler.  Faster than the Romany family, less maneuverable, directionally stable with more glide per stroke. The Explorer hull is clearly one of the baseline expedition sea kayaks with its rugged NDK build quality and larger carrying capacity. It has been used on numerous month long expeditions, including several in the Arctic and Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

The Explorer paddles like the Romany series with a longer bow up front but with the same high secondary stability and great down wave surfing. The Explorer LV is usually fitted with an NDK cloth covered foam seat but can be fitted with a high performance glass seat. It also has the same very low rear deck for easy rolling; the keyhole cockpit provides excellent fit and quick exits as needed. It has the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat allowing for quick emptying of the kayak’s cockpit by lifting only the bow, no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight: 100-160 lbs.