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Sea Kayaking UK (NDK) Explorer HV w/KeelStrip
Sea Kayaking UK (NDK) Explorer HV w/KeelStrip

Sea Kayaking UK (NDK) Explorer HV w/KeelStrip


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The Explorer HV is a fast kayak with good stability and encompasses many of the same great features of the Romany, but trades maneuverability for speed, tracking and extra storage. The NDK Explorer is a great expedition kayak that can also be paddled on day trips.

The Explorer HV fits a larger paddler than the regular Explorer and also the Romany. NDK also has the Explorer LV for ls smaller paddlers

The Explorer/Romany are both confidence inspiring boats and good boats to improve skills with.

NDK says: "The Romany Explorer was designed in 1993 with the following features: A low rear deck for easy rolling. A white water cockpit. This gives the kayaker excellent grip, control and allows a quick exit if needed! Three compartments, including an offset day hatch, allowing the kayaker to reach into the compartment whilst at sea. Sloping rear bulkhead behind the seat, allowing the kayak to be emptied by lifting the bow (no X rescue necessary). Plenty of room for large feet or warm winter footwear. Exceptional manoeuvrability, with direction stability. Very fast in following seas."

This expedition sea kayak was designed by Nigel Dennis from Anglesey Sea & Surf Center, Wales. The Explorer is the longer sister of the popular Romany 16, introduced to the U.S. market in 1994. Explorer fills the niche for a sleek, yet stable expedition kayak. This kayak has a long waterline, is very fast, and yet maneuverable. It carves turns gracefully. Explorer tracks well even in an adverse conditions and for long expeditions it could be equipped with VCP retractable skeg. Its high volume bow stops the kayak from plunging into waves and together with its maneuverability allows good control in surf. Explorer has a roomy keyhole cockpit with thigh braces for easy handling. Exits from emergency landings are quick & efficient minimizing the time spent in potentially dangerous situation.

The kayak is built standard with three bulkheads and three watertight hatches (two 10 " and one 7.5" round hatch). The second bulkhead located just behind the cockpit rim is sloping and allows easy draining of cockpit during rescues. Access to the personal compartment behind the cockpit is via a VCP 7.5" round hatch. Optional Compac 50 deck pump or bulkhead mounted foot pump is available as well as Silva 70P compass.

Award logo Designed for rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is our main expedition kayak and suits the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, manoeuvrable and direction stable. It has a large carrying capacity and has been used on a one-month expedition to Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.

  • The Explorer is fitted with the High performance glass seat, unless otherwise requested.
  • The kayak has a low rear deck for easy rolling, a keyhole cockpit that gives excellent grip, control and allows quick exit if need be.
  • The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow, no x-rescue is necessary.
  • The Explorer is also available in low volume and high volume: HV and LV
  • An expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler, length: 533.5 cm, width: 54 cm, depth: 34.5 cm, overall volume: 313.5 liters, front hatch volume: 73 liters, cockpit volume: 147 liters, day hatch volume: 37.5 liters, rear hatch volume: 56 liters.

    Specs/NDK Explorer Standard Equipment:
    Length: - 17 feet 8 Inches, Width: - 21 1/2 inches ( 0.54m )
    Volumes per conpartment: Front 58 litres, Middle 39 litres, Rear 60 litres
    Deck: - 2.5 oz C.S mat plus foredeck rescue patch of extra 1.5 oz mat.
    Hull: - 2.5 oz C.S mat plus 8 oz cloth. 2 inch keel strip. Double thickness reinforced bow and stern.
    Inside seam: - 2 inch diolen plus 3 inch glass cloth. Outside seam: - 1 inch glass cloth.
    Skeg: Explorer hardly needs a skeg for tracking, although always useful when paddling strong cross currents and wind
    Large round hatches
    Minimum weather cocking in strong winds
    Weight: Fiberglass: 56 Lbs. (approximate weight with hatch covers and skeg)

    Important Shipping Info

    Sunrise Mountain Sports will ship certain kayaks via Forward Air to any Forward Air terminal in the lower 48 states for $99.00. Insurance is included. The buyer will pick up and inspect the kayak at the terminal. This shipping category includes all kayaks from Valley Sea Kayaks and Nigel Dennis Kayaks as well as kayaks from Wilderness Systems, Perception, Dagger and Eddyline longer than 15 feet in length. Check for the terminal closest to you. During checkout the buyer will specify in the notes field his/her choice of Forward Air terminal for shipment. Delivery to any Forward Air Extended Service Location is not included in the shipping cost. Delivery to residential and commercial addresses is available for an extra fee. Contact our friendly expert staff for a quote. The kayak may also be picked up at our store in Livermore, California with no shipping cost.

    Call Sunrise Mountain Sports at 925-447-8330, 10AM to 6PM PST 7 days a week or Email us at for more information.

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