Had a chance to try Nick Schade's play version of his plenty playful 17 ft X 20 inch Petrel at the Autumn Gales Symposium off Napatree RI last weekend. What is not to like about the stitch and glue Play? Very smooth and comfortable to paddle. Long water line for its length (14 feet). Built for surfing and tide race zooming. The Explorer is fun in a tide race, but this is a new experience for me in a sea kayak. Highly maneuverable, stable, reasonably fast, and little tendency to bow bury. And, it rolls like a log - great laybacks. Harry Whalen (Brit coach with fastest time around Ireland) is pictured and said he just loved it, wishing he could have tried it in even bigger surf. I'll be building one this winter and selling my old Explorer, which I will miss, but can no longer handle the weight. My Play will have a skeg - I'd recommend that be considered by any builder.
For a pic of Harry and the Play, starting at #74:
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Posted by: brawleytj on Oct-25-12 9:02 AM (EST)
Great to see the modified Petral. I paddle a Tempest 165 and a NDK Romany but will build a modified Petrel (cedar strip) this winter as well to bring the weight down to 40 lbs.
Posted by: angstrom on Oct-25-12 11:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: kocho on Oct-25-12 1:45 PM (EST)
Why do "play" kayaks like this have to carry over "non-play" features like sharp bows and sterns? These things just lock you into a straight line in an uncntrollable torpedo path down a wave, while most of the time they are above the water so they don't help with tracking when just paddling...
amen to that|
Posted by: suiram on Oct-25-12 2:33 PM (EST)
Now, here is a fun winter project - take something like Delphin and do a stitch and glue approximation.
Posted by: carltj on Oct-25-12 8:41 PM (EST)
Well, good point. Here's my take: it's a 14 foot sea kayak. It is not designed to be operated solely in a shore break environment or be a white water boat. It is suited to get to the action from the launch point efficiently across several miles of ocean environment. Many tidal races are off-shore as are our reef breaks. The design compromises some to get you there still in the company of the inherently faster long boats in your pod, but provide way more maneuverability and less pearling in the play zone. In addition, in a tide race, as you are likely aware, some considerable velocity is required to exceed the opposing current sufficiently to acquire the wave and surf. That is hard enough in a long boat, a little harder still in a 14 footer, and in a severely blunted craft it can be exhausting. It is said many times in these boards, kayak design is all about compromises.
Yeah, I know ...|
Posted by: kocho on Oct-25-12 9:11 PM (EST)
Just wished someone who knows their stuff would do something like the prototype Salty shared a while ago, with a surf board like front and the length of a short sea kayak. And take it beyond the prototype. At least share plans if not produce it... I've been tempted to melt the bow and stern bottom edges of my Delphin and make it look like a slalom boat in the front and rear ... -;) but then I think I'd be better off just getting a used slalom boat at 1/3 the weight for surfing those steep river waves that sharp bows so like to get locked in ...
Posted by: sing on Oct-26-12 6:20 AM (EST)
just go order and ship it over:
Posted by: sing on Oct-26-12 6:42 AM (EST)
To resurrect this thread - tried Play ..|
Posted by: Kocho on May-18-13 9:13 PM (EST)
Tried the Petrel Play today, along with the other 2 Petrels. There were some small waves to catch and all thre did a very good job of it. The bigger Petrels are, as expected, noticeably faster (top speed) than the small Play, but the Play is more maneuverable and still very eager to surf.