NDK Pilgrim

Why NDKs Work for Me

Responding to a comment from a paddler who was frustrated by an NDK foam seat repair led Tom Bergh to reflect on what makes Nigel Dennis Kayaks his go-to sea kayaks.

Before I suggest a fix, let me offer a bit of perspective based on having helped put thousands of paddlers in our sea kayak fleet at Maine Island Kayak Co since 1986.

Personally, I want a boat that disappears when I’m paddling on the water: a boat that makes me smile, and makes me feel confident and solid when I’m challenged. When I hear complaints about minor outfitting concerns, I am reminded of my own personal order of importance for sea kayak design and manufacturing variables:

NDK carbon seat

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NDK Echo at the Maine Greenland Kayak Festival

New NDK Echo

Smaller Paddlers' Delight

The Echo is Nigel Dennis Kayak’s new expedition and play kayak for smaller paddlers, designed to handle well in surf and rough water. The Echo was designed in response to the growing number of paddlers who wanted a lower-volume Pilgrim Expedition. It offers a lower deck and tighter fit than the Pilgrim or Pilgrim Expedition, and features NDK's smaller cockpit for those paddlers 90 – 150 lbs. Intended to replace the custom cut-down (LV) versions of these two boats, it eliminates the excess rocker resulting from post mold, deck height reduction. The result is a fast, fun, playful boat that behaves beautifully in the wind. And it shines in Greenland rolling. The Echo, like the Romany, approaches that "all use" performance design.

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NDK Romanys on a trailer

The Impact of Color on Boat Performance

Do you know how much of an impact boat color can make on boat speed, performance and stability?

The color of the boat has, in the past, been a personal choice, and largely an aesthetic decision to most boat buyers. Your boat color can make you happy, appreciating your craft whilst it glides across the water; it may make you more noticeable before getting run over by larger water users, or could speed up the chances of needed rescue attention.Continue reading

contact tow on foredeck

Contact Tows

Safety gear that we bring every time we launch our sea kayaks includes a contact tow.

A contact tow is a short tow line set up to perform a wide variety of functions. It is attached to the deck kayak safety gearlines in front of your cockpit, where it can be easily reached. It should connect quickly and simply with wide gate stainless steel carabiners. Being able to vary the length of the contact tow line allows you to tow different length boats. As with all towing systems, some method of quick release is essential. A contact tow can be used to tow short distances; it can also be used to bring a boat to a swimmer, which is easier than towing a swimmer to their boat.

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