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by nickcrowhurst
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 1784

Re: Is vhf course needed

For my non-dsc VHF sets I just took the test. I've never done the course. At that time the booklet listed all the questions that could be asked in the assessment.
Nick.
by nickcrowhurst
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Hotel art

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The USA Marriott hotel chain commissioned a local artist to build a Shrike to be the art to decorate the entrance lobby of its latest hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

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

[Could the basic fitting of webbing and a single screw through the deck into the sheer clamp take a shock load like that? Oisin, a single screw thread into solid wood always impresses me with the load it will take. If one screw pulls out, it is linked to the fittings on either side by the grab line...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Petrel Play SG

I expect you've viewed this time-lapsed video of the construction. It's from a kit, but once you've cut the plywood to shape the procedure will be the same:

Nick.
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Petrel Play SG

I haven't paddled one of these, but you should have a lot of fun in the Petrel Play, and stitch and glue is a quick and simple means of construction. The Petrel Play is a descendant of the famous line of kayaks originally designed by Mat Broze of Mariner Kayaks, USA, 35 years ago. http://www.mariner...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Today's email from New Zealand

David from New Zealand has today completed a Vember for his wife, to accompany him in his Shrike:


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by nickcrowhurst
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Another Shrike (95% scale) from Russia.

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/4998/1577641876234-5377.png From Serg, in Southern Russia: My first experience building a kayak. The construction took 15-20 days for 3-4 hours, the budget is about 15k, while the resin was left for another project. It remains only to paint the cockpit ...
by nickcrowhurst
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Frederico launches his Shrike

Frederico,in Italy, on his Shrike's first day afloat. His comment in his email today : "amazing."

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by nickcrowhurst
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Robin from Ontario, Canada, presents his new Shrike

The 218th confirmed Shrike construction:


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by nickcrowhurst
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Alec from Romania with more original variations on Vember.

Alec Naneti from Romania already has a foam 3-part Shrike in our Gallery: https://cnckayaks.com/2017/12/14/alec-naneti-from-romania/ He has now applied his skills and original thinking to use cheap foam to build for a child a 75% scale round-bilge Vember in strip foam, and then to make it 3-part: ht...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Mac, in my experience a tandem kayak with rocker is useful when the stern paddler is the only paddler, perhaps when the less experienced paddler in the front seat is exhausted, frightened or sea-sick. In a tandem with rocker the solo stern paddler can more easily turn up-wind with the rudder retract...
by nickcrowhurst
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Mac, yes, of course an open water crossing of several miles during the passage of a front when "all that could be seen was white water and strong gusts" demands a different design of tandem and a different level of skill to those required for a picnic trip on Loch Lomond on a quiet day. I presume th...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Gordon, that's good. Get a stable tandem with a rudder and you will be able to paddle it even if your partner stops paddling. Plenty of rocker gives manoeuvrability, and the rudder deals with tracking. For day paddles you don't want a big load carrier, as that would stick out of the water too far wh...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Take it easy.....

Gordon, I have considerable reservations about your plan. My experience of sixty years of observing similar situations in sea kayaking, white-water kayaking, mountaineering and rock-climbing is that when you think of a planned outing with a nervous beginner, you should halve the planned severity, co...
by nickcrowhurst
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

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

As you suggest, the only part of the sailing rig that cannot easily be fitted after the hull and deck are completed is a strut down from the mast step to the keel. In my case, I fitted a second skeg in the bow to improve windward performance, and the mast step is supported by the skeg box. To retro-...
by nickcrowhurst
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Stefanos from Greece is making progress

Smooth lines and good work from Stefanos in Greece. This is the 216th confirmed construction of a Shrike.


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by nickcrowhurst
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

We need to talk....

Craig, I will need to do some calculations before advising you. Meanwhile you could use the PM system via the contact point to the right of each post to tell me a little more about your kayaking experience, type of paddling envisaged, etc. Keeping all other variables constant,(which you can't), redu...
by nickcrowhurst
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

A Shrike under construction in Italy

Federico from near Turin, Italy, is making good progress:


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by nickcrowhurst
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

Courses for Shrike building anywhere in the U.K

Chris at Selkie Kayaks has a novel idea. If you can get together a group of 4 to 8 fellow paddlers, and supply a suitable venue, he will supervise a 9 day course, at the end of which you can each go home with a completed Shrike for £1,000. That includes anywhere in the U.K: https://selkiekayaks.co.u...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

In Luxembourg.....

In Luxembourg, a young lady glasses the hull. This will be the second Shrike in her family.
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by nickcrowhurst
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1449

Re: Off side roll

I proved that my original difficulty with the offside roll was lack of flexibility. One way of checking is to paddle directly away from a point (drop the skeg, if fitted, to maintain direction while coasting) then look to your right to see if you can twist around far enough to see the point. Then tr...
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

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

Spikeedog wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:49 pm
I used a modified wooden egg cup and stainless steel rod mounted on a wooden plate that sits under the deck. Works and looks great.
Spikeedog, that's a good solution. I guess beech is a suitable timber: https://bit.ly/2kW3cRE
Nick.
by nickcrowhurst
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

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

The local 3d printing route hasn't worked so I've been looking at surfboard leash plugs, mock up in the pictures above. 20 of those are very inexpensive. I can drill the hole with a forstner bit and have a backing plate under the deck I think Oisin, that looks to be a good solution, provided it can...
by nickcrowhurst
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49406

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: 295
Views: 49406

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: 295
Views: 49406

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: 295
Views: 49406

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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