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    Owen
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    North Shore’s, Shoreline Kayak.
    I’ve been trying this boat for sometime now and the more I paddle it the better I like it. It’s really manoeuvrable, responds well to bow rudder and high brace turns and edges really easily. I’ve not found myself fighting with it to get it around in a turn as you can with some bigger boats. At the same time I didn’t feel it had compromised much if any speed, I could keep up with a Nordkapp pilot even when he was bursting for a pee and racing for shore. So far I’ve not been able to try it in any big waves, the biggest being a two foot steep chop from the Northwest meeting a smaller less steep wave set from the Southwest, both of which were rebounding off a cliff line. I found I could take my hands of the paddle and sit in these bouncing waves without feeling uncomfortable.

    Size wise its 485cm long (just under 16ft), 55cm wide and a volume of 275lts. By comparison the Nordkapp LV is 533cm x 53cm and 330lts and the Avocet is 490cm x 56cm and 285lts. So it’s very much a day/weekend boat, North Shore do 4 other larger designs, the Calypso, Atlantic, Mariner and Buccaneer. How much kit you can get into a boat will depend on how bulky things like your tent and sleeping bag are plus whether you are sharing things with other or not. But I find there is enough space for a long weekend when travelling independently of others and with some careful packing I can stretch that a bit.

    The boat I’ve been paddling has the old style deck layout with no day hatch and two small round VCP hatches. They now come with round VCP hatches on the front and day compartments and a large oval hatch on the back. They also do the Mistral same boat but with large square hatches. The co*ckpit has also been changed it’s now more keyhole shaped and has a very positive set of thigh braces; the best I’ve seen so far on a sea boat. You can have either keeper foot pegs or a bulkhead footrest, I find that with size 10 ½ feet I can’t get in with Wellies on but my Teva Gamma’s are ok; just. The workmanship and finish on all the boats I’ve seen so far has been excellent and I’ve not heard of anyone having problem with their boats.

    If you’re looking for a new boat, and aren’t planning to round the Kola Peninsular in it, then the Shoreline is one that should be high on your list of possibilities. They may not come in glitter finish but are probably a better boat for it.

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    Postby Erling »

    Thanks for an interesting review, Owen. I have sometimes wondered why these fine British kayaks get so little mentioning on this board. They sell like hotcakes in my neck of the woods, and are preferred over other major brands because of their quality and seaworthyness. Here's a shot from a club trip this winter. Of the ten kayaks, eight are North Shore!

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    Hi Erling,

    I think that North Shore have been concentrating on the overseas sales and have taken their eye off the home market. They have just started to advertise in the the British paddle magazines again; something I haven't seen for a long time.
    For some reason they're more popular on the east coast than they are on the west coast. I think once someone gets one others see it and think to themselves "Oh there good I'll get on of those" and before long there's quite a following.
    Fashion also plays a big part in it. First it was P&H Quest's then Rockpool's and now its Nordkapp LV's; so maybe I could be the trend setter for North Shore's.
    Hopefully I'll be ordering my new Shoreline soon.

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    I think the reason that they are popular on the East Coast is because that is where they are manufactured - and they tended to discount to people picking up ttheir own boats. I have heard through the grapevine that there have been some ownership changes and it may be this that has led to the new advertising push.

    I've always thought that the build quality and design of the hull was good, they where let down by the ergonomics - they all seem to have very low co*ckpits / front decks which require you sit with your legs wide apart, this may be to do with Richards & Mikes background paddling / building slalom boats. For me and many others this position is just too uncomfortable - although I know others who swear by it.

    Personally, I don't think fashion comes into it, if you are spending £1500 -£1800 most people will buy what they feel will best do the job.

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    I just had two North Shore on demo for a mini Northumberland expedition and was well impressed. I had the Calipso and the Polar. Build quality was excellent and manouverablilty was well on par, if not better than some competitors.
    The Polar in particular came into its own in choppy seas. Didn't manage to surf it in big waves but Mike assures me it can be realy laid over and turned very quickly if required. It does have very good secondary stability and I had loads of fun in both boats in the rocks around St Abbs and Eyemouth area.
    The Calipso is a very competent all rounder for the intermediate paddler IMHO.
    Am waiting to trial the rockp[ool a bit more but 79% ceertain I will end up with the Polar as a big water short trip boat. if anyone wants to trail them let me know as I could arrange demos on the NE east coast easily enough. Minimum number four to make trip to collect worthwhile.
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    found this review on the fuego and must agree now being the proud owner of a fuego :) still getting to know it though

    I became the proud & delighted owner of this handsome low volume British fiberglass kayak described below, a wonderful perk of visiting paddling.com. The Shoreline Fuego (its full name) is the little bro of the Shoreline kayak which in 1982 founded the North Shore Kayak line. In fit and form it is the small person's sea kayak, celebrating the seaworthy British modified Greenland form.

    Rare to find a kayak of almost 16 feet, 20" beam that's sized for the small paddler (I'm 5'3", 115 lbs, 32" inseam, size 6 feet). The co*ckpit is low and aftdeck flat which mates well to smaller torsos, and which facilitates rolling and self rescues. No thigh braces are needed- plenty of grab area under the 16"x26" co*ckpit, nice low 10.5" foredeck (8.5" in the rear). Water ready the kayak is 44lbs (as weighed in at the freight depot when I picked it up) thus very nice to carry & cartop. The layup is thoroughbred and the finish gleams. The seat & combing are also red and smoothly edged. On my very first paddles I felt no tippiness. The co*ckpit is in neutral (centered) position.

    Although the Fuego is wellmannered, it will respond if pushed. It has beautiful glide. The slider skeg moves smoothly & allows you to pinpoint how much skeg you are using. About 1/4 down in mild conditions worked for me. Full on into moderate wind and 15" chop the skeg went 3/4 down & I made good progress. Very nonfatiguing to paddle. I never battled this kayak in wintry Michigan river waters.

    Little things to like: * hatch covers are fiberglass, with extra texturing for grip. The aft hatch has two buckles, the front hatch one, for extra assurance (along w. minute blowholes in each bulkhead.)
    * Float pump squeezes nicely into the left side betw. seat and kayak.
    * Deck rigging is extra thick 1/4" with full perimeter lines. The U-cleats are embedded in the fiberglass - no padeyes.
    * the rectangular afthatch is so easy to load. My tent, sleeping bag, and mat all fit nicely w. more room for clothing, etc. - not even getting the 10" round hatch on the long foredeck!

    On January 1, in its group paddling debut, the Fuego won much admiration from the paddlers, incl. two kayak shop owners who examined her closely. A month after that paddle, one athletic canoeist of years' experience recently told me "that kayak is fast, usually I don't have to push myself to keep up w. a kayak, but with that one I did." Sadly, the Fuego is no longer made. My Fuego was built in 1997 and gleams w. the pride and craftsmanship of a small British company who forever changed the concept of what a seakayak could be.

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    Strange, you dig up a 14 year old thread just to say that you like your new kayak.

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