Nigel Dennis Kayaks
I am extremely excited to announce that Nigel Dennis Kayaks (NDK), has become an official sponsor of the One Ocean Project. I have been paddling an NDK Explorer around North America for the last 18 months, putting well over 4000 miles of water under the boat. It has seen sand, rocks, dirt, big swell, little swell, flat water, 40 Knot winds, big surf landings and big surf launches. Through it all, my explorer has performed flawlessly; transporting me and my gear to locations far and near. It has been beaten and bruised, banged up and torn, but easily repaired and then happily put back into the water.
However, after over 4000 miles, it was time to commission a new boat and Nigel generously stepped up to help out, donating a brand new NDK Explorer so that I can safely continue my journey. When I first met Nigel this weekend, I said hello and then thank you. I had no expectations of getting a boat, I simply wanted to meet him and thank him for producing such a fine boat; one that could safely transport a complete novice up the Inside Passage and into the harsh and treacherous waters of Alaska. My Explorer got me up their in one piece and brought me back safely. When I started out Leg 2 of my Journey, the Atlantic Odyssey, I simply patched up the boat and set sail up the Atlantic Coast of North America.
The boat did an amazing job of carrying me and my gear through some of the roughest waters in North America. Paddling through the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic', the Outer Banks, it withstood a constant thrashing by the waves and surf, often being tossed around in the water and on shore. It was dragged hundreds of yards up and down beaches of sand and shell, and yet it never once complained. Simple and easy fiberglass patches repaired any damage done, and the boat continued to work its magic in the Atlantic waters.
I simply can't imagine paddling any other boat for long distance expeditions/trekking. My orange NDK will be sorely missed, but I look forward to commissioning my new boat tomorrow as I set off for points north. The Orange NDK will be patched up by Kayak Waveology and then we will auction her off later this year. A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity performing services in the very tragic Gulf oil spill cleanup.
I am honored and humbled to be paddling an NDK and look forward to representing the true spirit of Nigel Dennis Kayaks, paddling through both calm and challenging waters. There is a reason why NDKs are the choice of kayak explorers world wide, and I am now part of the living testament to their versatility, build quality, and sea worthiness. The Odyssey continues thanks to Nigel, I am forever grateful.