NDK EXPLORER

The Expedition Kayak Classic.

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.

We have available for demo the Explorer, Explorer HV, and Explorer LV. Call Tom at (207) 232-6733 to arrange an appointment.

NDK Explorer Hybrid 50/50 3-piece

Price: $6,485 - Sale Price: $5,485

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.

Explorer Review

"Have paddled the Explorer for several years now. It tracks well, yet is rock solid on a lean. Doesn't really need a skeg in most conditions. Strength of layup the best in business - experienced paddlers appreciate this. Boat is meant to take scratches and withstand impacts. Awesome amount of storage for a boat this form-fitting and responsive -  give it 10 out of 10."

-paddling.com

NDK Explorer

Price: $4,285

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: $4,285

A standard expedition layup with expedition bungees on the foredeck.

Specifications
  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • 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: $4,285 - 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"
  • 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 with Oval Hatch

Price: $4,285

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

Specifications
  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • 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 won a Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Award three times for Best Expedition Kayak.

Recommended paddler weight: 150-220 lbs.

NDK Explorer HV with Oval Hatch

Price: $4,285

A gorgeous new boat with a rear oval hatch.

Specifications
  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Year: 2017
  • 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.

Explorer HV Review

"I purchased my Explorer HV in 2005. I am 5' 11" and 180 lbs. I have been in very rough conditions, like 6' - 8' swells, 25 - 30 mph winds, and even 4' dumping surf in all of the boat models I have owned, and the Explorer is THE best boat to have under you when the going is rough. The handling is responsive, predictable, forgiving, supportive, and just the best damn kayak out there period."

-paddling.com

NDK Explorer HV

Price: $4,285 - Sale Price: $3,700

Reduced pricing on an older model Explorer in classic colors.

Specifications
  • LOA: 17'6"; Width: 21.5"
  • 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.

The NDK Explorer can take you to whatever horizon you set your sights on.