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by nickcrowhurst
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Greenland kayaks and pointy ends

My reading tells me that the long overhangs enable the kayak to rise up onto an ice floe when the kayak is paddled firmly towards the floe, either forward or astern. I guess the the long overhangs will also soften the motion through waves, as the buoyancy of the bow increases rather more gradually t...
by nickcrowhurst
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Terry Taylor from Scotland celebrates his new Shrike

Terry shortened his Shrike by removing 4 inches from the topside panels at each end, leaving the bottom panels untouched. This could be a useful modification for someone whose garage is too short to build full-size, but who wishes to preserve the stability of the full-size Shrike. https://media.ukri...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Two Vembers at Spring Lake, Minnesota, USA

Vember on the right with raised topsides for a paddler who likes plenty of room in the cockpit, and a 110% scale lengthened Vember Expedition with the ocean cockpit option on the left:

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by nickcrowhurst
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

The First Shrike in Taiwan (to our knowledge)

Eagles Wang has built his Shrike (number 209)in Taiwan, our 51st country.


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by nickcrowhurst
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

A specific rolling kayak will normally be used for short periods, so pointing the toes can be acceptable. My shoes are size 10 and I can use a 60 mm reduced freeboard Shrike-R. For a day trip one needs a more relaxed pose. If you want lower freeboard and you want more foot comfort you can emulate Pl...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

From pages 7 and 8 of the latest version of the 48 page Build Manual (dated March 1st 2018), which comes with the free plans download at https://cnckayaks.com/shrike/downloads/: Vary the design to suit the weight of the paddler and the total planned maximum load . This can be achieved in two ways. F...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Mikko Linna proudly presents......

Mikko is from Finland, the 50th country to host the building of Shrikes and Vembers. This a Shrike-R, the rolling version, produced simply by reducing the height of the standard Shrike gunwales by up to 60 mm. All else is standard Shrike with the ocean cockpit option. The Shrike-R only weighs 23 pou...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Kits may be suitable for you.

Spike, that's a great plan. I build from scratch because I'm a retired old geezer, well past my three score and twenty, and a with a big enough shed, but for many folks a kit saves getting unwieldy full sheets of plywood delivered, and then cutting them into strips before cutting out the component p...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

A kit to build a Shrike

Chris Tipper of Selkie Kayaks, Newhaven, has produced a kit of machine pre-cut parts to build a Shrike. Shrike kits have been available in the U.S.A and Canada for several years, but this is the first in the U.K that is available for purchase. Chris Tipper is a craftsman trying to set up a small bus...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Another six from the Archipelago Folkschool

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Today, Saturday is launch day. I'm so pleased that two ladies are taking part.
by nickcrowhurst
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Charleston14, the differences between one West Greenland kayak and another are not ones that will be seen in photographs. The differences are too subtle. The way to appreciate the subtleties is to get hold of Harvey Golden's remarkable book "Kayaks of Greenland", ISBN 0-9787221-0-8, White House Groc...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner, what are my options?
Replies: 19
Views: 752

Re: Beginner, what are my options?

Silentjay, the BackSplash looks a fun boat for quiet rivers and lakes. The whole package is ingenious. I wouldn't take it out of the class of waters for which it is designed. (true of any kayak, of course) Waves and/or wind would be an issue any further out than the harbour-master's cat. Just look a...
by nickcrowhurst
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

The estuary of the River Camel, North Cornwall.

Who wouldn't want to share this beach with Peter?
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by nickcrowhurst
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner, what are my options?
Replies: 19
Views: 752

Re: Beginner, what are my options?

Silentjay, in this thread you've received excellent advice from a bunch of experienced and talented paddlers and builders. I would only add that I'd be happier if you could paddle a Shrike before you commit yourself. The knowledge that another Shrike is being built somewhere in the world always give...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Vember Expedition version

Vember is a round bilge development of the Shrike, and Vembex is Damian's lengthened expedition version of Vember:

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by nickcrowhurst
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Oisin and Al, thank you for your good wishes. I am truly knackered. There is a great range of hatch styles, sizes and layouts and you can see them in the Gallery. I don't put a hatch in the foredeck, but I put one in the foot bulkhead, unless the kayak is for expeditions. I try to fit two hatches in...
by nickcrowhurst
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Al, Damian is on the money, as always. Follow his excellent advice and you should be fine. When you joint the edges of the strips, make sure you use factory cut edges where possible, and use super glue with accelerator to tack the edges together before taping: https://bit.ly/2J3uQUO Where you will b...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 270
Views: 42274

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Al, do not despair! I've been in bed for 4 weeks with pneumonia, but I'll check my response tomorrow when my brain should be working a little better. Meanwhile, a few quick thoughts: 1. The panels can be re-constituted by simple butt-strapping, reinforced both sides with glass tape and resin. I woul...
by nickcrowhurst
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1143

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

The complexity of website maintenance for small businesses comes partly from dealing with corruption. For example, our local boatyard Wordpress site has a corrupted home page, with print on top of print. The couple that run the boatyard have no clue how to deal with that themselves. Another issue is...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1143

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

I have every sympathy with small business owners. Even the "simplest" website is liable to corruption, even those built with packages like Wix or WordPress, and then "someone" has to fix it or carry out any necessary updates.This, of course, will cost time and/or money. I have been working with comp...