They are very different boats
Posted by: bnystrom on Jan-03-13 7:00 AM (EST)
The Legend is much higher volume than the Nordkapp, which is more comparable to the N.F. Silhouette. N.F. boats all tend to have low initial stability and not a lot of secondary; that's the way Nigel likes his boats to be.
The stability of the Nordkapp is entirely dependent on the seat height. The stock seat in some variations is as much as 1.5" above the hull, which is great for maneuvering a loaded boat, but really compromises the stability when the boat is unladen. Lowering the seat down to the hull makes a dramatic difference in the stability of a Nordkapp and it becomes very easy to handle. In waves, it feels like an oversize Pintail. Unfortunately, that typically means cutting out the stock seat and reinstalling or replacing it. Ideally, it should have adjustable seat height that the paddler can change based on the load being carried and personal preference.
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