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18'-8" TOURING KAYAK:
Northwest Passage XL
47 pounds
23-5/8" wide
9" at side, 13 " on center


NORTHWEST PASSAGE XL is designed for the heavier paddler weighing between 180 and 250 pounds. She has the same materials and methods of construction as NORTHWEST PASSAGE, but with greater initial and ultimate stability to suit a heavier and taller person.

She is 9 inches high at the side, rather than 8 inches for NWP, and another inch taller on center. This provides the necessary freeboard and footroom for the larger paddler.

Increasing length, and not breadth and depth, yields better over-all drag characteristics than just blowing up all the dimensions by the same amount (about 5 percent), with the same load carrying capacity and stability.



She can be built any length, from 16 feet 3 inches to about 19 feet to suit your particular weight and strength. If you are interested in this option ask for a table of boat-lengths and drag vs paddler weight with your order.



Calculated RESISTANCE in POUNDS in calm water
KNOTS 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
247# 1.41 1.97 2.61 3.41 4.49
297# 1.52 2.11 2.80 3.66 4.83
347# 1.61 2.24 2.96 3.88 5.13
397# 1.69 2.35 3.11 4.08 5.40

Plans cost the same as NWP, $65. Custom built, about $1360.

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