Valley Nordkapps

The Iconic Nordkapp

“The Nordkapp was simply a way to do bigger and better trips.” Frank Goodman

The Nordkapp exemplifies the British-style sea kayak. It has been paddled on many of history’s greatest sea-paddling expeditions: the trip Frank Goodman led around Cape Horn in 1977, and Paul Caffyn’s circumnavigations of New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia and Japan in the 1980’s. Stan Chladek believed it to be the only “real boat”: no moving parts, like rudders, to break. (Read about Stan's expeditions of the Aleutian IslandsShumagin Islands, and Easter Island.)

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NDK Romany Surf 5050

Cockpit Dimension Differences between the NDK Romany Surf and Sport RM

The NDK Sport RM is based on the Romany Surf. Both the Sport and the Surf fit average to larger-sized paddlers: people weighing approximately 150-220 lbs. While the two kayaks are very similar in performance and size, we have found some differences between the cockpit dimensions that are worth considering when comparing these two models. Even small differences can make an important difference for ease of entry, exit, and comfort.

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Cleat. Photo by bernswaelz.

If you don’t know your knots, tie a lot…

or learn a few go-to knots for securing things… securely!

We like Animated Knots for its interactive website and clear, animated images for tying numerous knots. Each knot has a dedicated page with info on uses, safety, pros and cons, variations, and more. There are also sections on safety, ropes, and terminology and a knot-of-the-day feature.

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NDK Pilgrim Carbon Kevlar

Buying, Fitting & Delivering Your New Covid-Clean NDK Kayak

Covid 19’s first wave hit just as your and our new set of NDK’s were unloaded from our pre-season container. All are now stored on Peaks or in MIKCo’s Portland warehouse. So all sit in dry, protected storage until we can get your new boat(s) to you.  

While we’re all figuring and adjusting to this Brave New World of reduced movement and "sheltering in place", I have prepped and delivered a couple of our paddlers’ custom ordered brand new NDKs - in what I believe is a highly risk-reduced process, as I know some of you hope to paddle before this Covid Thing subsides sometime well into the summer or Fall. If you’re a buyer of one of our new MIKCo in-stock retail boats … same process.

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