Submitted: 09-14-2001 by C. Mihell
The NDK Greenlander Pro is a longer, slightly higher cut version of their traditional Greenlander model. Instead of the circular cockpit of the standard model, the Pro has a keyhole cockpit making it much easier to enter and exit at the expense of some boat control and water tightness. It has the same hard chines and strange upturn at the stern as the original model.
Originally designed as an ocean race boat, the Greenlander Pro is very fast when paddled empty. The first thing you notice when paddling it is the excellent glide. Once it reaches cruising speed the Pro will literally paddle itself. Unlike many fast boats, the Greenlander Pro responds well to J-lean turns and is quite manoeuverable for more advanced paddlers. The boat is very easy to roll with its low cut and flat back deck. For those interested in Greenland style paddling it is perfect, and responds well to sculling braces and back deck rolls.
Although its volume appears low, the Greenlander Pro can accomodate expedition size loads if it is carefully packed. The front hatch is quite large and the day hatch will also hold a considerable amount of gear. The low back deck restricts the capacity of the stern hatch. Under load the Pro is slightly slower and less manoeuverable, but keeps it trademark glide making paddling easy. Loaded boat rolls are easy once the boat settles (it takes a moment or two!) upside-down underwater.
In wind and waves the Greenlander Pro is at its best. Once one gets used to the "grippy" feeling of the hard chines in reflection waves, it is a fun boat to play with in waves close to Lake Superior's rocky shores. The boat's quick accelleration makes it fun to test your limits in more "hairy" conditions. In wind the boat does weathercock slightly, so a skeg is a good addition. Most of the time, however, it is not necessary. In a following sea the Greenlander Pro is a blast, its fishform and great speed allowing it to catch surfs that most other boats will miss. In a headwind its low windage is appreciated, but also gives a wet ride -- especially when loaded where chop will crash over the bow.
Comfort is excellent in the Greenlander Pro. For 2001 NDK updated their backband making it wide and cushy. I am tall and skinny, and find that my height (6-3) is the maximum that you could fit in this boat. The low deck will just accomodate my size 12 feet. I am willing to trade off the tighter fit of the Greenlander Pro for the better control it affords -- plus it is one HOT boat to paddle.
Overall the Pro is a top notch boat for more advanced paddlers wanting a traditional design offering speed, manoeuverability and moderate capacity.