I’ve 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. The first two kayaks are now complete. Their
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 http://www.cnckayaks.com
A forum discussion is at http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=110381
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I am proud to say|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-28-14 7:34 PM (EST)
that I have paddled with Nick and his lovely wife Sandra for quite a few years now and admire his skills as a boat designer and builder.
Posted by: Kudzu on Mar-02-14 6:54 AM (EST)
Drop-dead gorgeous to look at. I've been paddling a WS Tempest 165 and a Dagger Alchemy. How would handling compare to those?
I should have added above:|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-02-14 8:13 AM (EST)
and expert paddler
I'm Still Way More Bike Than Kayak|
Posted by: Kudzu on Mar-02-14 11:17 AM (EST)
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-05-14 12:57 PM (EST)
I own a Tahe Greenland T and my buddy had a WS T165.
not so much|
Posted by: ccrowhurst on Sep-08-14 6:31 PM (EST)
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Mar-02-14 7:14 PM (EST)
That is one beautiful boat---I've long admired Greenland style kayaks and 3 years ago bought a brand new W/S Artic Hawk (dealer had a hold over for 10 years) I'm assuming the boat can be built without the skeg? Would you reccommend it or does it really need one? My biggest fear when I bought the Artic Hawk (which has no skeg) was that it might be difficult to paddle in certain conditions without one--so far I haven't missed it.
Is the skeg necessary?|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Mar-02-14 11:28 PM (EST)
Shike Project progress report|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Apr-17-14 12:35 PM (EST)
Greetings from Cornwall in England. In the first six weeks of the project, 168 copies of the plans have gone to 32 different countries. The LV version should be completed next week here in Cornwall (by one of my granddaughters and her partner), and a company in Canada, Handcrafted Canoes, has prepared the plywood panels using a CNC cutter, and is offering to build Shrikes, as is a company in the USA, Clear Stream Custom Watercraft: watercraft.clearstreamwood.com/products/designs/
And also Nick plays....|
Posted by: jackl on Apr-17-14 5:16 PM (EST)
a mean tin whistle, bag pipes, fiddle and a few other instruments.
SORRY JACL & NICK, BUT..., |
Posted by: scupperfrank on Jul-10-14 2:16 PM (EST)
"Bag Pipes" is a more accurate description of those things than bagpipes ever could hope to be. The skirl (skirling?) of the pipes may be militarily stirring on battlefields gone by, but there are many more musical -and certainly sweeter -sounds to my admittedly ignorant-of-such-sounds ears.
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Jul-11-14 3:00 PM (EST)
Frank, it's good to hear from you again, and to know you enjoy the lines of the Shrike family. IIRC we last met in Largo Sound, along with Jack and Nanci.(Two of our heroes, of course.)
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-21-14 11:47 AM (EST)
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Apr-22-14 2:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on May-19-14 6:30 AM (EST)
We've launched the Shrike LV, and had a load of fun chucking it about both on and off the water. It weighs 28 pounds. The Rotator Shrike, a pure competition extreme rolling kayak version on the standard Shrike hull is under construction. Updates and photos are at https://www.facebook.com/CNCKayaks
The ultimate rolling Shrike|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Jul-03-14 4:24 AM (EST)
The ultimate specialist rolling Shrike-r is afloat. It weighs 23 pounds, and has satisfied all our aims of ease of rolling, particularly of the advanced Greenland rolls. It has the standard Shrike hull, with lowered freeboard and a wider cockpit than the other three Shrike variants.Free plans, photos and details are under the "kayaks" tab on www.cnckayaks.com and on our Facebook page.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jul-08-14 10:41 AM (EST)
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Jul-11-14 2:42 PM (EST)
Slushpaddler, thank you, we're glad you appreciate the lines of our kayaks. If you decide to build you will not be alone. 385 downloads so far, from all over the world.
Posted by: grayhawk on Jul-07-14 7:35 PM (EST)
I love hard chine boats and wish I still had the room to build one.
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Jul-08-14 9:50 AM (EST)
Greyhawk, many thanks for your encouraging message, which is the sort of feedback that inspires us to continue to develop our Shrike project.
An update on the Shrike project|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Sep-03-14 5:48 PM (EST)
In the six months since the Shrike project was launched, 574 copies of the plans have been distributed to forty countries. To celebrate this we have added a “Builders’ Gallery” to our website at http://cnckayaks.com/build-gallery/ Each Shrike builder who so desires can have a web page devoted to their kayak, with a photo and some details of their design choices and modifications. The latest additions to the Gallery are two excellent craft, one from Bart Deseyn of Belgium, and one from Morris Ho of California, USA.
Where are you guys based out of?|
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-05-14 12:51 PM (EST)
I ask because the banner image for the website looks like it was taken at SSTIKS, and I also think I may have seen one of these (non-day hatch, ultra-low volume) at SSTIKS this June as well.
very nice touch|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-05-14 1:04 PM (EST)
This is a great feature.
A non-expert's gripes|
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-05-14 1:05 PM (EST)
Please tell me why I am wrong here (really want to know).
The keyhole cockpit...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Sep-07-14 8:55 AM (EST)
Now we're home....|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Sep-07-14 10:25 PM (EST)
Thank you, Brian, for answering this question so concisely. We've been away for the weekend at the Traditional Paddlers' Gathering at Lake Carlos, MN, and have only just got back to Christopher's home, near the Twin Cities, MN, where the banner photo was taken. I live in Cornwall, England, to answer one of the above queries. That's where I built the prototype Shrike last autumn.
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-08-14 11:22 AM (EST)
I can see that in the shrike-too. But the shrike profile and too-down views must have some weird perspective going on.
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-08-14 2:48 PM (EST)
It is easy to make a kayak's proportions look different from their actual ones by where the camera was positioned and what length lens was used. This happens inadvertently all the time, and probably purposely sometimes.
You could download the plans...|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Sep-08-14 5:31 PM (EST)
jcorr, if you download the free plans to your hard drive or thumb drive then you will see the true dimensions. The design is discussed in the "origins" post above, and at our website under the Origins tab. It is a traditional West Greenland hull as referenced to the Canadian Museum of civilization and Harvey Golden's superb book.
How do you find that they differ?|
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-08-14 7:13 PM (EST)
I have admittedly only paddled the Greenland T. But looking at the dimensions on the website, it is nearly the same in terms of length, beam, and keel/deck height. They are both single, hard chine boats with gentle rocker and raked bow and stern.
reposting from above|
Posted by: ccrowhurst on Sep-08-14 7:28 PM (EST)
sorry for the repost but I had replied to your earlier post about the Tahe:
Good observations about the T|
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-08-14 7:52 PM (EST)
As I've stated in my review of the T here on padnet, the T often falls victim to itself, in terms of handling. The chine asks the paddler to give an aggressive edge, but is met by resistance. I've found that it is definitely lacking in agility in comparison to other kayaks that I have paddled.
Posted by: ccrowhurst on Sep-08-14 8:33 PM (EST)
So far we have taken the Shrikes to the Michigan Qajaq Training Camp and the Minnesota Traditional Paddlers Gathering. We know of one that has been built out west in California but have yet to see one built in WA, I suspect it wont be long before one shows up, they are breeding like rabbits, far faster than we ever dreamed.
Posted by: jcorr on Sep-09-14 4:42 PM (EST)
It's not the money...........|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Sep-11-14 3:33 AM (EST)
jcorr, we have not the slightest interest in making any money from our Shrike project.
Our license to the world:|
Posted by: nickcrowhurst on Sep-11-14 3:38 AM (EST)
From our website at http://cnckayaks.com/ip/