Nigel Dennis in the Pulse

NDK Pulse gets your heart rate up

This review was written by Peter Loyen and posted courtesy of NDK/SKUK.

I recently purchased a new member of the SKUK kayak family, the Pulse.

I opted to have a skeg instead of a rudder. This decision was based on the comments from various experienced coaches and kayakers, who have tested it both with skeg and rudder.

I wasn't able to test it myself prior the purchase, so I took a leap of faith.

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Outside Jewell

Dress for the Water Temperature

It’s Spring. Do you know what the water temperature is?

Portland Harbor, Maine averages: May 1-15 = 47ºF / May 16-31  = 51ºF

Every Spring, warming air entices many people to go out in small boats when the water temperature is still deadly cold. 50ºF water doesn't sound particularly cold or dangerous if you mentally compare it to 50ºF air.

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We’re Losing the Night Sky – to Light

Two-thirds of people in the US can’t see the Milky Way from their homes. The stars that shape our galaxy disappear from view due to outdoor lighting which is too bright, stays on all night, or illuminates the sky rather than the earth. Night lighting also interferes with the rhythms of human, animal, and plant life.

Photo by Studio 7042 from StockSnap.

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Nigel Dennis Kayaks Romany Sport RM

NDK Sport and Sportive

“It tracks great, surfs well and is an over-all really fun boat to paddle. I gave it a 10.”    paddling.com review
NDK Romany Sport RM

“A Romany that mortal paddlers can take around rocks without worrying about doing loads of damage to a composite hull. Like the composite counterpart, the Romany Sport RM is a solid, easy-handling kayak that gives back every ounce of effort you put into maneuvering… it’s at the top of its class.”    Jake S.

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NDK Romany LV and Pilgrim, Lubec, Maine

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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