Smaller boats for smaller paddlers, with features that belie their size.
The Pilgrim series is designed for the lighter or thinner paddler seeking an NDK style boat in a narrower straight running hull that is much quicker edge to edge. The Echo has been designed to replace the low volume (LV) models of the Pilgrim and Pilgrim Expedition.
Arriving in Spring 2024!
NDK Pilgrim 50/50 Layup
Watery colors for ocean fun in this Pilgrim.
- LOA: 15'9"; Width: 19.75"
- Layup: Hybrid 50/50 with carbon kevlar deck, seat, and bulkheads
- Colors: Water Blue 5021 / Light Grey 7047 / Traffic Blue 5017
- Front Bulkhead: Custom 33"
- Footrests: Included; not yet installed
- Keel Strip: None
- Skeg: Kari slider
- Extras: Custom front bulkhead; Narrow seat in Clear with Traffic Blue; Foredeck dragon in Clear
The Pilgrim is a responsive, fast, and efficient kayak designed for the small or slim paddler. The narrow hull offers quick acceleration to higher speeds while requiring far less effort to place and hold up on edge. It is easily turned and controlled even in strong winds, and rolls like all NDK Greenland style kayaks. The Pilgrim fits the small kayaker due to its lighter paddler design and narrow beam, and is also comfortable for the taller, slim kayaker due to the knee bumps on either side of the cockpit. The higher knee position increases leverage and power.
The Pilgrim is fitted with an adjustable high performance composite seat available in two widths. It has a smaller keyhole cockpit for excellent grip and control, a low rear deck for easy rolling, and a sloping bulkhead behind the seat for quick efficient emptying by simply lifting the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.
Recommended paddler weight: 90-140 lbs.
"I am 57 and started sea kayaking about 4 years ago making the best boat choice I could at the time. As I progressed, I wanted a great boat that would suit my build, provide confidence in changing weather conditions, and allow me to increase my kayaking skills. I've tried quite a few boats and now I've found the one I love.
The Pilgrim fits me to a "T", is fast, turns like a dream, is a reasonable weight, responds crisply when I try a more advanced skill, and I'm thrilled. I found the Romney was too large, the Romney LV too small (I am tall and slender with long legs), and the Pilgrim is just right. Call me Goldilocks."
NDK Pilgrim Expedition with Long Cockpit
Standard expedition layup, custom front bulkhead, and longer keyhole cockpit opening and a mango colored deck. We appreciate the long cockpit for easy entry and exits. This is the last model with a long cockpit.
- LOA: 17'; Width: 19.75"
- Layup: Standard S glass
- Colors: Melon Yellow 1028 / White 9016 / Traffic Orange 2009
- Front Bulkhead: Custom 34"
- Footrests: Yakima, not yet installed
- Keel Strip: None
- Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
- Extras: Custom front bulkhead; 4" longer keyhole cockpit
The Pilgrim Expedition is a slim, fast, and efficient kayak with increased carrying capacity for camping expeditions. The narrow hull offers both quick acceleration to higher speeds while requiring minimal effort to place and hold up on edge. It is easily turned and controlled even in strong winds, and rolls effortlessly like all NDK Greenland style kayaks. The Pilgrim Expedition is specifically designed for both smaller paddlers, with its lighter paddler design and narrow beam, and taller, slim kayakers, due to the knee bumps on either side of the cockpit; the higher knee position increases leverage and power.
The Pilgrim Expedition is fitted with the adjustable high performance composite seat available in two widths, a smaller keyhole cockpit for excellent grip and control, low rear deck for easy rolling, and sloping bulkhead behind the seat for quick and efficient emptying by simply lifting the bow; no x-rescue is necessary. Most paddlers will prefer the long cockpit option, which adds 4”.
Recommended paddler weight: 110-170 lbs.
Pilgrim Expedition Review
"I am a slight built male, 5’7” weighing 150 lbs, and have been paddling over five years. I was immediately sold on the Pilgrim Expedition with its fit: the thigh grips on the cockpit and knee bumps fit like a glove."
Paddling Magazine (formerly Adventure Kayak Magazine) produced this video review of the NDK Pilgrim Expedition.
MIKCo has a Pilgrim and Pilgrim Expedition for you to test paddle.
We suggest reading Tom's article, Thoughts on Fitting, Demoing and Choosing a Sea Kayak, to give you an understanding of our emphasis on boat fit and function.
At Maine Island Kayak Co, all new full-price composite boat sales include custom foam fitting at a substantially reduced cost. This personalized process brings our world class boats into a league of their own.