The Nordkapp

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  • Length
    5.4 meter
  • Width
    550 mm
  • Skill level
    Intermediate and advanced
  • Standard Build
    Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4290
  • Carbon Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass $4640

From $4,290.00 NZD

A description of the Nordkapp is a recap of the evolution of modern day sea kayaks.  The Nordkapp was developed by Frank Goodman in Britain in 1974 based on attributes of the kayaks used by the Inuit tribes of West Greenland.  The Inuit had evolved their kayaks since ancient times to cope with the challenges of their environment.  Frank wanted a vessel capable of excelling in a range of sea conditions and he succeeded in adapting the Inuit kayak dimensions to allow for larger European paddlers and more stowage, thus creating the first expedition Sea Kayak of the modern world.  The first known expedition of its type was to the northernmost tip of Scandinavia - the area of Nordkapp - and since then, Nordkapps have proven themselves over many challenging expeditions.

The Nordkapp hull has a central load carrying section that is slightly v-shaped at the keel with soft chines and flared sides terminating at a very high gunnel line. The whole of the deck is designed to minimise the effect of the wind pushing the kayak off course, whilst the profile also clears any ‘shipped’ water quickly. The forward section of the hull is triangular in section. The lower two sides cleave the water dynamically and effectively presents a rather higher wave cleaving surface than most other kayak bow designs. The top of the triangle is a convex flat area that presents a very low side wind profile. The aft hull section is similar to the bow but runs longer and softer. The two lower sides of the rear triangle flow gracefully into a straight running skeg that adds much to the Nordkapps’ directional stability in all water conditions.

In 1976 Grahame Sisson bought a Nordkapp mould and manufacturing rights off Frank's company, Valley Canoe Products (VCP) and began manufacturing Nordkapps in NZ.  Fortunately, Grahame practiced the art of creating moulds that would not shrink or change over time so the NZ-made kayaks did not suffer the same plight of the VCP Nordkapp over the ensuing decades.  While the VCP Nordkapp slowly became what has been described as a caricature of its former self and suffered progressively inferior performance, the NZ-made Nordkapp stayed true to the original, very good design.

Following a disastrous 1996 factory fire, Grahame decided to update the Nordkapp design slightly. The original Nordkapp had a very accentuated stern skeg which was designed before the days of rudders. The latest Nordkapp is designed to incorporate a rudder.

The general fit-out follows the same pattern adopted 42 years ago when Sisson Kayaks constructed their first Nordkapp. Apart from making the cockpit foredeck higher (increased leg room) in 1986, and fitting pod seats plus rudders as standard in 1987, the boats are largely similar to the very first production. The focus is on simplicity.

Nordkapps manufactured by Sisson Kayaks have been paddled around the coastlines of New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Alaska. During all of these trips, which were sometimes conducted in heavy weather, the kayaks suffered no structural failure. Simplicity works at sea.

The Nordkapp is still the expedition Sea Kayak of choice for many discerning paddlers.  Modern buyers of the Nordkapp can choose the type of footrest, type of construction lay-up and all-up weight. We can advise you on what lay-up would best suit your overall needs. 

The Nordkapp remains a well-constructed, no-frills, expedition kayak.  We avoid unnecessary, glossy features that look good in showrooms in favour of robust, proven fittings that excel in the rigours of exposed water.  "When the sea turns nasty, the Nordkapp just gets better".


The Arctic Raider

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  • Length
    5.4 meter
  • Width
    560 mm
  • Skill level
    Confident beginner, intermediate and advanced
  • Standard Build
    Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4390
  • Carbon Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4740

From $4,390.00 NZD

The Arctic Raider successfully marries the key attributes of the Nordkapp with some extra stability to make an expedition kayak that is user-friendly to a wide range of paddlers.

Like the Nordkapp, the Arctic Raider features a central load carrying section that is slightly v-shaped at the keel with soft chines and flared sides terminating at a very high gunnel line. The whole of the deck is designed to minimise the effect of the wind pushing the kayak off course, whilst the profile also clears any ‘shipped’ water quickly. The forward section of the hull is triangular in section. The lower two sides cleave the water dynamically and effectively presents a rather higher wave cleaving surface than most other kayak bow designs. The top of the triangle is a convex flat area that presents a very low side wind profile. The aft hull section is similar to the bow but runs longer and softer. The two lower sides of the rear triangle flow gracefully into a straight running skeg that adds much to its directional stability in all water conditions.

 


Get out there with the

Reliance Touring

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  • Length
    4.9 meter
  • Width
    550 mm
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Standard Build
    Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3490
  • Carbon Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3840

From $3,490.00 NZD

The RELIANCE TOURING  is a great value, stable, efficient, entry-level touring kayak. 

  • Plenty of sealed stowage for camping gear
  • Designed to fit a wide range of paddler sizes
  • Light enough to carry in one hand and load easily onto vehicles
  • Optional large hatch upgrade
  • Decklines and retractable rudder come standard
  • Extra longitudinal stringers to maximise hull stiffness, reducing the risk of rock damage at the bulk-heads

 


Stretch your legs with the

Argo Touring

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  • Length
    4.9 meter
  • Width
    520 mm
  • Skill level
    Confident beginner to intermediate
  • Standard Build
    Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3690
  • Carbon Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4040

From $3,690.00 NZD

The ARGO TOURING  is the next step in speed and performance to enable beginner to intermediate paddlers to extend their horizons.  The ARGO TOURING is an excellent solution for having one boat to do it all.  The ideal weekend touring kayak for exploring lakes and sheltered coastal waters, or Multisport Racing Kayak with in-built flotation and stowage for compulsory equipment.

  • Plenty of sealed stowage for camping gear and/or safety equipment
  • Designed to fit a wide range of paddler sizes
  • Light enough to carry in one hand and load easily onto vehicles
  • Optional large hatch upgrade
  • Decklines and retractable rudder come standard
  • Extra longitudinal stringers to maximise hull stiffness, reducing the risk of rock damage at the bulk-heads when paddling rivers

Sea Kayak Guides and Multisport Kayak Instructors - contact us for information on the "Instructor's Spec" for the Argo Touring.

 


Fast, double touring kayak

Voyager Touring

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  • Length
    6.6 meter
  • Width
    550 mm
  • Skill level
    Intermediate
  • Standard Build
    Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $5790
  • Carbon Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $6340

From $5,790.00 NZD

The Voyager is an ideal fast touring and adventure racing double kayak for experienced paddlers.

The “Greenlander” bow provides dynamic lift when the boat strikes a wave, thus keeping the bow paddler drier, more comfortable and able to maintain a paddling rhythm even in rough water.  The Humps© allow the stern paddler to keep his or her feet in the normal straight-up orientation allowing a much stronger paddling position and better comfort. The deckline tubes and Sidetanks© add strength and stiffness to the Voyager so that it rams “shudderless” through large waves.

The Real hatches keep the two pressure tested compartments dry at all times.

The Voyager also comes standard with decklines and a fully retractable rudder.

The Touring version of the Voyager comes with a small central hold and additional compartment behind the stern cockpit for increased compartmentalisation of luggage and convenient access to supplies while on the water.

 


Kayak touring for everyone

Southern Light

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  • Length
    5.8 meter
  • Width
    920 mm
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Standard Build
    Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $5990
  • Carbon Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $6540

From $5,990.00 NZD

 

The Southern Light is designed for safety, stability and comfort for all levels of paddlers, including complete beginners.  It is also designed and built around the inclusion of a large central hold to store large volumes of luggage.  The Southern Light is perfect for family touring or commercial Sea Kayaking operations where exceptional levels of stability are required.

The Southern Light is now made using Kevlar and is more compact to reduce overall weight.  It also has:

  • increased seat width
  • stronger rudder mounting and improved rudder control
  • softer riding through oncoming waves
  • Dryer ride for the bow paddler
  • more comfortable, easier to adjust footrest

The Southern Light comes standard with 4 robust lifting handles.