Building a wooden sea kayak nowadays is a quite complex procedure.
To simplify the procedure a few companies/people offering free or paid building plans. That gives you at least a good starting point instead of designing everything from scratch.
To make the long story short I & my colleague Vasilis choose to build the CNC Vember Expedition sea kayak. It is a British style kayak.
The boat comes into two versions; the normal and the expedition. We did the second one which extends the length by 10% to 5.35m (17.53 feet) while maintaining the same beam and stability characteristics. The construction follows the Vember Build Manual, but with the transverse temporary forms spaced at 330mm rather than 300mm.
I was very excited when myself and my friend Christos came up with the idea of offering a multi-day trip where we can combine the beauty of sailing with sea kayaking. If you add on that a top destination, the Gavdos island and the best kayaking equipment in Greece, I was even more excited!
Another great review from Kathy & Tracy from California, US. The review is about our latest sea kayaking trip (6 days) in eastern Peloponnese that took place late October 2018.
Photos taken from Enjoy-Crete. The complete set of pictures can be found & download on our Flickr account in this link.
Over the last few years I’ve spend lots of time evaluating various cameras on my guided sea kayaking trips. With almost one sea kayak expedition every month I’m lucky enough to have a large field of practise my photography skills and the various cameras I’ve used over that period.
Which kayak day trip to select? To answer better this question you need to know roughly where your hotel is in Crete in terms of the map.
The easier way to determine this if you are not already in Crete, is to type in Google Maps your hotel name. Then zoom out until you see the whole island and you will get an idea about your location.
This is very important as to drive from one side to the island to the other you will need 6-7 hours one way. If you haven’t book your accommodation and you do need transport you need to stay in Heraklion as we pick up only from there. Read more “Which kayak day trip to select?”
Uphill flow changes your mindset and how you cycle with an ebike (electric bike). Suddenly, you can contemplate routes that you simply couldn’t ride with a normal bike, says Stefan Schlie. This is so true in the rocky steep paths in Crete!
With my daughter been just 5 years old by the time of this post and a very tight schedule due to work commitments; I was amazed that I’ve managed to get some time off during the last week of January. Reason being a sea kayaking trip in northern Greece with my friend George who lives in Athens. After getting the approval from my boss (= my lovely wife, Penny) I’ve packed quickly my gear & food for a week, got the tickets for the ferry from Crete to Athens and everything was ready.
In my experience the most efficient way to gain a good tracking is through use of either a skeg or a rudder. A skeg will perform much better in big waves as it is “staying” inside the water while rudder pedals will be a hell of a work to keep them in the proper position.
Over the years I found the most unreliable rudder pedals to be those from Smart Track as they tend to break easily once you start pushing a lot. I’ve replaced almost the majority in my kayaks with those from Sealect and found them excellent.