Emily Cooke – Shrike LV

What model Shrike did you choose?
Skrike LV at 90% scale printed plans.

What modifications, if any, did you make to the design described in the Build Manual?
Slightly lengthened the 90% cockpit length.

What is the weight of the finished kayak?
29 pounds.

Anything you wish you had done differently?

Any tips you’d like to suggest to future builders?

How does the kayak perform on the water?
I’m new to kayaking, but my grandfather here describes the handling:
“The LV is a blast to paddle. Her ultra-light weight and rockered keel make her ultra-responsive to every movement of paddle and paddler. Both these features could lead to excessive weather-cocking, the bane of many kayak designs. However, throughout the Shrike model range, the high aspect ratio skeg is more than adequate to deal with any weather-cocking we have experienced. The highest wind speed during testing has been 20 mph on the beam. About one third skeg kept the kayak on the desired course. Occasionally, when a stronger gust came from slightly forward, the tops of the waves were blown across the foredeck, and it was uncanny to watch the behaviour of the kayak. The bow would blow downwind for a few inches, and then come back onto course. Very reassuring.
The natural edging angle for sharp turns is when the water level is just at the top of the gunwale, and then you can truly make the LV perform. Build the LV to enjoy the paddling, not as a fishing platform!”

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