The long-awaited Petrel is finally a reality. After four years of development of the process and materials, the wait is finally over.
The longer and slimmer version of its sister the Petrel Play, The Petrel has all of the same performance attributes as the Play, in more traditional Sea Kayak dimensions. While the specs are listed below, it is what most have come to expect from a touring kayak, what the numbers don’t say is how it performs.
Designed as a responsive, lightweight boat suitable for day trips in rough water it is equally at home poking into sheltered estuaries or exploring the shore of isolated coves. This design will carry the mid-sized paddler through rough conditions yet it is small enough to be easily handled by petite kayakers. With a form inspired by the Inuit inventors of kayaking, the Petrel will appeal to devoted Greenland-style paddlers without being intimidating to novice sea kayakers.
The "transitioning" chine varies from a quite rounded, soft chine forward to a hard chine aft of the cockpit. The forward section provides smooth performance and lift into waves which reduces the tendency to broach while surfing. The hard chine aft provides the shape that facilitates carving and leaned turns.
The deck shape takes its cue from Greenlandic Inuit skin-on-frame designs with a sharp chine-like feature line on either side. This provides height where you need it for knee room while keeping the deck low overall. The side of the deck slopes in quickly so it is out of the way for close-to-the-hull strokes.
The process of developing the overall design in composite form was no small undertaking. Every component was placed in order to keep the “swing weight” low by keeping the mass central to the paddler and cockpit. Hatch placement, compass recess, and cored composite sections were all placed with swing weight in mind. What does this do on the water? Keeping the mass closer to the paddler reduces the effort required to perform maneuvers. This is a design that rewards finesse from the experienced paddler and encourages the beginner and intermediate paddler to elevate their skillset.
Length - 17’
Beam - 20”
Waterline Length - 15’
Waterline Beam - 19.9”
Hull Shape - Swede
Cockpit - 31” x 16”
Knee Height - 12.5”
(can be reduced by ½”)
Fiberglass Infusion - 42-44lbs w/o options
Ultra Performance - 40 lbs w/o options
Carbon Innegra - 32-34lbs, w/o options
Keelstrip - .75lbs
Whiskey Hatch - 2 lbs
Rough Water Rigging Package - .2 lbs
Underdeck Pump Holder - .25 lbs
*All weights are observed, as “ready to paddle”. Includes hatches, rigging, seat, and foot braces.
Designed by Nick Schade, a Coastal Kayaking Specialist and constructed by a paddler with 20 years of paddling experience, the Composite Petrel Play is unique to the paddling marketplace. Each boat will be constructed for the paddler with fully customizable rigging, custom fitted cockpit and infinite color options.