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Old 04-25-2014, 03:04 PM   #645
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Shrike - a lightweight kayak you can build.

Ive long had a dream to produce an elegant lightweight sea kayak that combined a traditional hard-chined hull with modern developments of bulkheads, hatches, and a lifting skeg: a simple design that was suited for home construction; a design that could be easily adapted to the needs and physique of individual paddlers.
Here she is, the Shrike, with the keyhole cockpit option:

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Length 5.304m (17 feet 4.8 inches)
Beam 0.546m (21.5 inches)
Weight 14.5kg (32 pounds)
Access to the free plans and build manuals is at CNC Kayaks | Chris and Nick Crowhurst Kayaks
Latest news is at https://www.facebook.com/CNCKayaks
The construction uses stitch & glue plywood. The website describes how the design is simply adaptable to your preferences for cockpit shape and size, deck height, freeboard and LV and HV versions. In the seven weeks since we launched the project, over 180 plans have been downloaded to 32 different countries. Either take the downloaded PDF to your local Office Depot or Kinko's and get the plans printed with all panels full size for $25. Alternatively, we can send you the paper plans at cost. Details on the website. My son and I have no financial interest in the project, which is launched solely for the love of our pastime
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:00 PM   #646
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VERY nice Nick;

I just gave you a FB like. Isn't building boats well just "something else".

on a side note, I'm up to 49 days on the water so far this year. probably behind sky who posts here also.

Black on your boat really makes a statement !! No skinny stick?
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:49 PM   #647
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Thanks, DG.

Thanks DG, it's comments like yours that make the project worthwhile. I've tried a stick occasionally. After over 50 years paddling I still haven't learned to use a Euro blade properly, let alone learned to use a stick. My son will only use a stick, which is excellent, as I get all his expensive carbon cranked Werner cast-offs! 49 days - very good. All the best, from Nick.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:49 PM   #648
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32 pounds... wow. Boat is gorgeous.
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:29 AM   #649
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Gorgeous boat. Did you also make your paddle? I only use a Greenland paddle. Love those sticks. I have my Greenland paddles made by Beale Paddles in Portland, including a two-parter.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:10 PM   #650
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Thanks, Brad and BaroloRed. The paddle is an Ainsworth carbon two-part cranked, made in England. I mention the Greenland stick two posts up. I do have a wooden stick, but it cripples me within two minutes.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:39 PM   #651
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That is a sharp looking kayak. Someday I want to try kayaking. I have always liked boating.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:32 AM   #652
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Absolutely beautiful boat Nick, and thanks for the website too. The black looks soooo sharp. If I ever catchup on the "honey do" list, I would love trying to build a black one. But, if I do, I'm dressing in black and wearing a Darth Vader helmet.

Man, I got to get paddling, only 30 outings this year for 275 miles.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:49 AM   #653
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Weighing the Shrike LV

Thanks, Sky. Today I weighed the first completed Shrike LV (90% scale) and, with hatches, seat, etc., it weighs 28 pounds. It makes such a difference to be able to walk down a muddy slipway with the kayak hanging low off one hand, while I concentrate on not slipping over, and putting it on the roof of the Land Rover without risking the shoulder. That's half the weight of many commercial kayaks of that length, and the small print in their advertisements sometimes admits that the boats are weighed without hatches. Go figure!
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DARTH Paddles

Sky;

Here's Darth on the bow of my Westside EFT. I put a pink cape on him for a race that proceeds went to cancer research. At 101 surf sports in San Rafael,Ca.
Up to 50 days , 313 miles on the gps. Racing a tandem with my wife on the Russian River this upcoming weekend. Her first race, looks like there will some portaging required with the low levels.
I'm guessing your new parts fit into the kayak just fine. Bravo.

P.S. Nick ,, I also have a Valley Avocet, Everyone needs a British Boat in their shed!!
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:41 AM   #655
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In the UK, every boat shed should have one USA kayak:


Nordkapp, Romany, Romany LV, Anas Acuta, Shrike, Shrike LV in the foreground, Explorer LV, Sea Pup SOF, and......a Wilderness Systems Tandem.
Avocet is a great kayak!
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:42 AM   #656
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Tim, you gotta do something about that first photo in your post. All I see is a kayak that appears to have a big aircraft-like bubble canopy above the deck. I've turned my head every which way to see if I can see through the reflection to the boat.

I am reaching for a barf bag as I type...

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Old 04-29-2014, 11:01 PM   #657
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Little Tybee Island, GA April 2014

As part of a local Atlanta Area Paddlers meet-up, a small group of us traveled to Tybee Island, and then paddled our kayaks and camping gear from Tybee Island out to Little Tybee Island for a three day, two night kayak/camp trip on the coast of Georgia.

This is an extraordinarily beautiful area close to Savannah, bounded by sea marshes, coastal tides, all kinds of bird life, and dolphins swimming alongside our boats as we paddled the marshes and out into the ocean. Highly recommend!
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Sounds like fun. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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