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Another pair paddle out of lock-down

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Dave and Jenny hit the water yesterday and stopped at the mouth of the River Tavy, Devon, U.K:

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Another Shrike in Hungary

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Kavics from Hungary has just launched his new Shrike (Quote from Kavics: "I really like how it slides on the water.")


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Just finished & launched a Shrike from the selkie kayaks kit. It has been a great lockdown project. I would love to post a picture but when I try I get the message below

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Fergus, I'll PM you my email address, then, if you wish, send me the photo as an attachment, and I'll post it on the forum.
I hope you enjoyed the construction process. Best wishes, from Nick

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The difference between the request time and the current time is too large
This error usually results from the clock on the device doing the upload being different to the clock on the server. If there's no obvious error in the time, it may be that time zone is not set correctly. Possibly this might show in the time at near the top of the Forum main page (on the left, just below the 'Quick links') being different to what you'd expect.

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Ok thanks for the tip. The time was correct but time zone was wrong. So here is the pic. This was my lockdown project so now launched at Loch Earn in scotland. A big thank you to all involved in the Shrike project and to Chris Tipper at Selkie kayaks for the kit. It is a beautiful design and was a pleasure to build. 14 kg is about the same as my SOF. As for paddling have not even really scratched the surface yet but thoroughly looking forward to finding out all that she can do.

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Another Scottish Shrike. Well done. Hope you manage to get out soon.

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Fergus, you've made a lovely job of your Shrike. Many thanks for your kind words. There are about one hundred photographs of Chris Tipper's Selkie kit being assembled on this link:
https://chris-tipper-thfp.squarespace.c ... resource?p
Chris tells me that his kit includes a comprehensive Build Manual.
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Another Vember in the USA

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David, in Boston, USA, is building a full-sized Vember for himself. His first Vember was a 95% scale model for his wife. Photo received this morning:

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Looks nicely set up and skilfully worked.

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...and now for something completely different....

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A perfect workshop from Stefanos, in Greece, surrounds an ocean cockpit Shrike under construction. I love this workshop. One of my grandfathers was a blacksmith, and the other was a jobbing carpenter, which, according to my family, explains my idiosyncratic approach to wood-working. Both grandfathers had workshops of similar beauty to that of Stefanos.
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Setting out for that ‘fits like a glove experience’. The ocean cockpit feels claustrophobic even at this stage...
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So are you going to now make a keyhole cockpit rim? You have all the options at that stage.

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nickcrowhurst wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:30 pm
So are you going to now make a keyhole cockpit rim? You have all the options at that stage.
Yes, just move the ‘Too’ masik forward to accommodate the keyhole : I’m used to a low deck.
Will stick to plan A I think.
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From Russia with love....

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Toha in Russia has finished his Shrike:

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A company in Crete, ENJOYCRETE, is building and using Vember Expeditions. This company is the Cretan agent for NDK kayaks: Romany, Explorer, etc. They run sea-kayaking, rock-climbing and other outdoor activity holidays. The owner is Stelios. There's a review of the Vember Expedition in his blog here:
https://www.enjoy-crete.com/wooden-kayak/ An extract from this article is here:

First Test
"I'm not a person who praises a kayak because I've built it or just bought it.....instead I have to paddle it to see how it performs in all conditions; from dead flat to 2+ meter waves.
I'm glad to report that on Crete you can find rough conditions most of the days thus testing the boat is not required to travel for a long time.

Conditions: relatively flat with occasionally winds up to 10 knots.

The kayak is super stable (primary stability). To give you a reference is more stable than the NDK Romany Surf, Explorer, P&H Cetus, Venrure JURA, North Shore Atlantic, Valley Etain, etc. It is actually the most stable kayak I've ever paddled with a beam of 54 cm, quiet impressive. I've paddled over the years more than 60 different sea kayak designs.

Novice paddles will be able to paddle in conditions that they weren't comfortable before due to increased stability. The boat turns very good as well; its maneuverability is outstanding and I can only compare it with the Nigel Dennis Romany. I found it, however, less responsive than the Romany but much faster (as the NDK Explorer more or less)."

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Thanks for the lovely plans Nick.
Here is a quick video of our first build. We are on the 3rd now :)


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Great to watch.

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Finally completed my vember lockdown project today. I have yet to float test it, but an opportunity should come in the next few weeks. A few details of the changes that I made. I had to shorten the overall length to get it in my garage so I took 4 inches of the bow and 2 inches off the stern. I did this by estimating where the water line is and steepening the angles of the bow and sterns to give the reduction. I thought this would preserve the volume of the kayak below the waterline. The kayak lines look great, but somehow the overall length reduced by 10 inches. I had a quote of over £340 for the cedar strip so I went out and bought some redwood pine (knott free) from a builder's merchant for £40 and cut it up on my little band saw and cleaned it all up on a table router. This worked better than expected and I was only intending to use it as a practice before the real event. The strips have produced a nice shaped boat and the total weight, including 3 hatches, foot braces, and deck rigging, comes in at 18.5Kg. This makes it about 2.1Kg heavier that a cedar boat which I can live with. To produce the sheer clamps, I used scarf joints and laminated to lengths together, avoiding overlapping joints, to get the required thickness. This took out any irregularities that the scarf joints made and gave nice sweeping lines. This has been a very enjoyable project and kept me sane during the lockdown.
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That's fantastic.

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A little light bedtime reading.....

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Here's a link to the story of the Shrike project's origins. The article appeared in in Ocean Paddler magazine 6 years ago, since when the total number of builders who have been kind enough to send us photos and descriptions of their constructions has risen to 259.
https://qajaqrolls.com/wp-content/uploa ... 152014.pdf

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That was a great read Nick. I particularly liked the definition of adventure :-)

For the first time
in a kayak, but certainly not the last, I realised
that there was an unknown outcome to the
expedition. This of course is one definition of
an adventure.

Whilst not of course recommending that people take unnecessary risks the joy of doing something which has risk and managing that risk successfully is what life is all about. When you do it in something that you have built with your own hands it adds a dollop of reward which creates a unique feeling.

Thanks again for the shrike project. Already thinking about how to build the next one !

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