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by nickcrowhurst
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strip plank
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: Strip plank

Boatsie, I built the first Vember using Pawlonia, as did Plymouth Damo for his Vember Expedition. The free Build Manual, included in the plans download as a PDF, shows this in photos. I now just use strips without the cove and bead, as described in the Manual. Making one's own cove and bead without ...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: Building a plug

Boatsie, have you also considered our strip-built Vember? Both Shrike and Vember can be scaled for length and beam in the paper print-out of the free plans PDFs, but with Vember one can also vary the beam and the length independently of each other: http://cnckayaks.com/vember/ You may have already r...
by nickcrowhurst
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Thank you, Beryl

Beryl, you've brightened up my day/week/year. Our project is based on love of life, and love of paddling and sailing on our wonderful waterways. Our only reward is the knowledge that we've helped spread this love around the world, so we're always very happy and grateful to receive messages of suppor...
by nickcrowhurst
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Peter M. at a beach on the Fowey River, Cornwall

...and Happy New Year to you all.

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by nickcrowhurst
Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

A Shrike in progress

Neall in Devon, U.K is making good progress:

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by nickcrowhurst
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

South coast of Cornwall, U.K

Peter M. snatched a paddle on Monday near Polkerris just before the heavy gales arrived:

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by nickcrowhurst
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2535

Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

What's the best sea kayaking photo you've taken? Here's mine, which I took of my pal Tony at Bantham, Devon. I used a Sony DSC U-60, purchased on the advice of Douglas W.

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by nickcrowhurst
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1693

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Learning to muddle my way down middle-grade white water was the best move I ever made to improve my rock-hopping and tidal race skills in a sea kayak. Indeed, one rocky tidal race I used on the biggest tide of the year was "grade 4 white water overlain with a channel swell every few seconds" accordi...
by nickcrowhurst
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

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

Selkie Kayaks from Newhaven, Sussex, UK, is producing Shrikes with some fine workmanship: https://selkiekayaks.co.uk/

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by nickcrowhurst
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Another Russian Shrike is born

She is Zeka's second Shrike:


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by nickcrowhurst
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Another Shrike in Spain

Ariel in Spain has just completed his very pretty Shrike. He has installed the optional three-part foredeck, rather than using our standard single sheet of 3 mm plywood. Sometimes builders do this because they are only able to source thicker plywood that is unable to bend to the complex shape requir...
by nickcrowhurst
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Another Shrike from the USA

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Photo received this week from Jeff in the USA.
by nickcrowhurst
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Ben from Australia with his Shrike.

Today I received this photo from Ben in Australia with his elegant new Shrike:

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by nickcrowhurst
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

A Shrike at Daymer Bay, North Cornwall

Peter M. enjoys lunch and the view of Daymer Bay.

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by nickcrowhurst
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Another Shrike LV is born....

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/4998/1531043920342-5339.png Paul F. from near Plymouth has just sent me details of the Shrike LV he has recently completed: " This is a 90% scale LV Shrike. I've previously built a full size 100% Shrike. The LV is easy to roll, at the expense of some st...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Paolo from Italy and his Shrike

Paolo from Italy has nearly finished his Shrike, but couldn't resist putting her in the water and trying out a few strokes. His message this morning: Overall it’s a wonderful kayak, I love it! Stable, easy to turn, easy to roll.. you have all my greetings and gratefulness. I will use the Shrike when...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Brilliant!

Mowgli, great job! Paddling a kayak that you have built is very special. You'll find that she rolls nicely, especially with a Greenland stick. The Standard Greenland Roll onto the back deck then becomes effortless. With your permission I'll put that photo in the Gallery on our website, along with ov...
by nickcrowhurst
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

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

Mike from Pembrokeshire is building this Vember for his wife, Mer, who is seen deciding on the cockpit and fitting-out details. The kayak's beam is reduced from the standard size as Mer is accustomed to paddling narrow kayaks. This again shows the flexibility of the design, enabling personal prefere...
by nickcrowhurst
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

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

Mowgli, that's very fast work. I confess I don't apply any varnish, and rely on our lack of sunshine to preserve the two coats of epoxy resin. I look forward to seeing a photo of you afloat in her. Well done.
Nick.
by nickcrowhurst
Thu May 31, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1196

32 kg = 70.5 pounds???

I have a 12ft kayak... The kayak weighs 32kg. Can you confirm that weight? 32 kg = 70.5 pounds. That is more than double what I would expect from a 12 foot long kayak. It would also, if accurate, be a weight that is liable to cause injury to you when lifting the kayak onto a roof rack. I see that s...
by nickcrowhurst
Thu May 24, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: From Inverness to Glasgow in c.1868
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Wow!

Ringleader is a beauty:

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by nickcrowhurst
Sun May 13, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Gore Vent plugs

For years I've fitted a Gore Vent Plug to each bulkhead. They equalize air pressure and they don't leak.
http://gnarlydognews.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... -plug.html
by nickcrowhurst
Sun May 13, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

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

Lat week Peter M. and his Shrike found this beautiful beach near Fowey, Cornwall, UK :

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by nickcrowhurst
Wed May 09, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

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

Mowgli, that is beautiful work! Is that a Nick Schade design? I'm always concerned that flush wooden hatches will leak, bearing in mind my predilection for being frequently upside down, usually, but not always, voluntarily. I'd be grateful for details of your eventual solution. One strength of the p...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed May 09, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35715

Foredeck hatch for a Shrike

Mowgli, for a detailed description of how PlymouthDamo (Damian on this forum) constructed a watertight foredeck hatch you need to read the latest version of the Shrike Build Manual, dated 1st March 2018. ("The Builders' Tips", Appendix A, at pages 41 and 42) If you don't have this version just downl...