A development of the original Guillemot kayak line, the Night Heron family of kayaks are the result of Nick Schade's ventures into rougher paddling conditions. The Greenland Inuit influence is more explicitly evident with sharper, more angular end shapes, lower back decks, and a more steeply raked cockpit profile.
The Night Heron family differs from traditional Inuit designs by maintaining a full waterline shape out to the ends instead of the ‘pinched’ ends that are characteristic of the skin-on-frame kayaks made by the Greenlanders. The fuller ends create a long effective waterline giving the Night Heron great efficiency at high speeds.
This volume distribution results in a boat that surfs very easily. This is further helped by a chine that starts up soft near the bow and hardens up at the cockpit and behind.
It has fairly hard chines with no concave sections. A slight lean will allow the boat to turn easily. The low back deck permits the paddler to lean back so their head touches the back deck. The foredeck is high enough that most paddlers will be able to get their legs in and out while sitting down.
At 20″ wide this is a narrow boat, however it is not scary to paddle. Even novice paddlers quickly get comfortable. The boat tracks well with good balance and is quite fast. It is very easy to roll and perform various braces.
Although the beauty of the Night Heron shape has received attention outside of the kayak world, it is really on the water that the success of the design becomes most evident. These boats are fun to paddle. It is a secure boat in rough water and responds well playing in the surge of rock gardens.
Cedar-strip kit (standard kit)
Length: 5.5 m (18′) Beam: 510 mm (20″) Weight: 18.1 kg (40 lb) Load: 136 kg (300 lb) Cockpit: 785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″) Knee Height: 280 mm (11″) Max. Shoe Size: 10 (45) Paddler Wt.: 68-100 kg (11-16 st)
Greenland Cedar Strip This design has a lower deck behind the cockpit to ease layback rolls and the cockpit is shorter to allow bracing anywhere under the foredeck.
Length: 5.5 m (18′) Beam: 510 mm (20″) Weight: 17.7 kg (39 lb) Load: 132 kg (290 lb) Cockpit: 510 × 405 mm (20″ × 16″) Knee Height: 280 mm (11″) Max. Shoe Size: 9 (43) Paddler Wt.: 68-100 kg (11-16 st)
High Deck The deck of this version is higher than that of the standard Night Heron, providing greater storage volume and more leg room for taller paddlers.
Length: 5.5 m (18′) Beam: 510 mm (20″) Weight: 18.1 kg (40 lb) Load: 136 kg (300 lb) Cockpit: 785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″) Knee Height: 305 mm (12″) Max. Shoe Size: 12 (47) Paddler Wt.: 68-100 kg (11-16 st)
The kits include:
Pre-cut wooden panels with pre-cut joints and pre-drilled tie holes
Pre-cut forms and strongback, for cedar-strip boats
A mixture of machined red cedar and paulownia (except stitch-and-glue kit)
Waterproof glue for the cedar strips (except stitch-and-glue kit)
Woven glass fabric
Woven glass tape
Luxury moulded foam tractor seat
Padded foam back band
Comprehensive building manual (stitch-and-glue and hybrid kits only)
Plans and building notes (except stitch-and-glue kit)
The Strip-Built Sea Kayak (book) by Nick Schade (except stitch-and-glue kit)
Plans and Manual (Not required by kit purchasers) These plans contain sufficient information to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans include full size drawings. The manual is included for the stitch-and-glue and hybrid boats — the cedar-strip boats do not need a manual.
WICHTIG: Alle Bauanleitungen, Beschriftungen der Bausätze und Pläne unserer Leistenboote sind durchgehend in englischer Sprache. Die Lieferzeit dieser Bausätze beträgt ca. 4 Wochen.