SheWees and Buccaneers.

We had the Buccaneers custom made in 2002. The forward bulkhead is also the footrest and both boats were made to measure. North Shore made beautiful boats and were a little different to the more usual Valley, NDK and P&H boats that most UK sea kayakers seem to opt for. North Shore have now been taken over by Valley. A bit quirky in their design but very well made, I hope the Buccaneer remains in production. I wanted a boat with good secondary stability. Going against the trend I wanted a boat with chines, as one promotes the other. At 5.3 meters long and only 21 inches wide, these boats are efficient and fast. That became obvious when we went for a paddle out to the Farne Islands with NW Sea Kayakers. We found ourselves having to slow up for those who were paddling polyethylene Capellas and Orcas. The only criticism really is that the Buck sits high in the water when unladen. It really needs some weight in it, but is not as badly affected by quartering seas as may be thought. The adjustable skeg is very effective and well-placed. They have a huge load carrying capacity and with those big hatches, loading is not a problem. The hard hatch covers make an effective tea and lunch tray! Good, comfortable boats, we love 'em! I wonder if one day the kayak designers will build in a SheWee that connects to the bilge pump! This is Her Ladyship doing what she does well on the Scottish west coast, somewhere near Skye. For the photographically minded, the shot above was taken on the Leica MP with 21mm asph lens, Fuji Velvia 50 asa.


BobC said…
That sea kayaking looks good fun! Must have taken a while to get to the Farne Islands?
Dawn said…
Hi there, Dawn here, just been having a wander around your site. Hope that is ok? It is mouth watering. Many years back I had a taste of canoeing. My dream is to take up sea kayaking. Maybe though i am getting told for it? Ideally I would like a folding one. Mainly because I use public transport. There are versions these days that fit into a single bag. By the by, I have posted out a few photos over at MSN. Dawn
Hi Bob,

It's fun, but sometimes scary! When the conditions are good, sea kayaking is wonderful. It is a great way to see wildlife and get to places that would otherwise be difficult to get to.The Farne Islands trip was a full day's paddle from Seahouses. An absolutely wonderful day of warm sun, light breeze and a flat calm sea. The seabird colonies on Inner Farne were alive with puffin, shag, guillemot, terns, gulls and kittiwake. After spending time watching all the activity, we set off for Staple Island to play with the seals, had lunch on Longstone Island and then paddled around the other major islands. We did around 17 miles that day with a push back to Seahouses on the tide.
Hi Dawn,

You're always welcome! Folders are a very practical option for those who rely on public transport. Check out the Knoydart website!