When Nick Schade built the Petrel "Play" SG several years ago, he really wanted to build the strip built version. Now it's available.
The Petrel Play fits in a cross-over space between recreational kayaks and sea kayaks. It is stable and roomy enough for novice paddlers and those who enjoy relaxing paddles in sheltered water. It is also responsive and sea worthy enough to go out in rough open water to surf or play in tide races.
The hull of the Petrel Play is has a moderate "V" to flattish bottom with a rounded chine forward transitioning to a hard chine aft, giving it a very solid stability while allowing easy leaning for carved turns. The kayak is full in the bow with plenty of buoyancy to rise over waves. With a lot of rocker the Petrel Play is easier to turn when exploring tight spots, but has nice balanced tracking for venturing off shore.
This is an all around fun boat to paddle. Beginners and novices will feel comfortable with the stability. It has a nice roomy cockpit but experienced paddlers will find solid surfaces for their knees and thighs to grip while playing out in rough stuff. The transitioning chine allows a skilled paddler "point-and-shoot" instinctive turning with just a slight lean.
Build this boat if:
- You're looking for a comfortable, versatile, compact kayak that isn't a beamy tub.
- You're looking for a sport-oriented kayak for surfing
- You want a sleek, West Greenland-style kayak without the gawky 17- or 18-foot length
- You prefer advanced handling qualities in all conditions, especially waves
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