NDK Quantum

First NDKs of 2018 to Arrive

~ including the new Quantum and Echo.

Before they’re ever paddled in North American waters, Nigel Dennis Kayaks travel across the ocean.

 

From their beginnings in Anglesey, Wales, NDKs are loaded into shipping containers for the voyage across the often stormy North Atlantic. Putting together a container begins months in advance. Detailed custom orders are written up,

Container ship

 checked, and finalized by retailers. The orders are reviewed and compiled by the Eastern US importers, and a container is “filled”. Fluctuating exchange rates between the British pound and the US dollar require further calculation.

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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

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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