|Model:||Length:||Hull Weight:||Beam:||Max Payload:||Cockpit Size:||Paddler Weight:||Knee Height:||Max. Men's Shoe Size (US):|
|Shearwater 14 Hybrid||14' 6" (4.42 m)||17.5 kg||58.5 cm||90 kg||78.5 x 42 cm||45 - 70 kg||25.5 cm||10|
|Shearwater 16 Hybrid||16' 2" (4.93 m)||19 kg||58.5 cm||110 kg||78.5 x 42 cm||55 - 85 kg||25.5 cm||10|
|Shearwater 17 Hybrid||17' 0" (5.18 m)||20 kg||57 cm||120 kg||78.5 x 41.5 cm||70 - 100 kg||26.5 cm||12.5|
|20 kg||63.5 cm||136 kg||86.4 x 43.2 cm||45 - 100kg||33 cm||13|
Here’s how it works. The Shearwater Hybrid’s hull is identical to the standard Shearwater’s, with computer-cut BS 1088 Okoume panels assembled with “finger joints” so it goes together very, very quickly. Computer-cut molds are set into the hull with temporary hot glue. These molds shape and support the deck during construction. With the kit we include a mixture of dark and medium color western red cedar strips, plus white cedar strips for light accents. The strips are milled with a “bead and cove” joint so that one slides into the next for perfect joinery. While we offer suggested patterns, each builder can develop their own unique strip deck design as they assemble their kit. Run riot with your creativity! Almost anything is possible. Parquet decks, anyone?
You can't have everything in one boat. For speed, you want long-and-narrow. For comfort, you want beam and a big cockpit. For maneuverability and compactness, a short kayak is desirable. Artful compromise is the mark of good design, and we feel that Eric Schade's Shearwater Sport is a great combination of kayak virtues.
For years kayak builders have been asking us for a kayak that slots in between the high-performance Shearwater Series and the beamy, comfortable Wood Duck Series. At our in-water demos, the experienced paddlers often made a beeline for the Shearwater 14, because it has the handling and the great looks of the West Greenland-style kayaks, but its shorter length makes it more maneuverable and easier to use than the long, fast Shearwater 17. The Shearwater 14, however, is a scaled-down 17, intended only for smaller-statured paddlers weighing less than 150 pounds. That left a lot of paddlers on the shore.
Eric has brought his practiced eye and decades of paddling experience to bear on the problem. Settling on a length of 14'6", he added just enough beam (25") to support paddlers over 200lbs. Refinement of the underbody, the bow, and the stern allowed him to retain the crisp handling that has sold almost 650 Shearwater kayaks.
For paddlers with longer legs who want an easy entry and egress, Eric specified a 34-inch long cockpit. Standard spray skirts still fit, and the Shearwater Sport is outfitted with all of the features expected in a high-performance kayak: knee braces, hip braces, and a low aft deck for those who want to roll the boat.
The compact Shearwater Sport gives up nothing in cruising speeds to its longer, narrower Shearwater sisters, though it won't be quite as fast in a sprint. It's still more than fast enough to accelerate onto waves for surfing. Indeed, many paddlers will build the Shearwater Sport just for surfing, while maintaining longer kayaks for distance work.
For less adventurous paddlers, the Shearwater Sport offers the perfect compromise of light weight, sharp West Greenland handling, effortless cruising speed, and an extra-large cockpit for comfort. The shorter length means easier construction, storage, and cartopping. It might just be the One Kayak that does almost everything well. Watertight bulkheads and flush-mounted deck hatches are standard, so many builders will camp out of the boat.
The payload is ideal for up to a 220-pound paddler plus gear. The reduced windage of the Shearwater family means that small people can paddle the Shearwater Sport, too, so more than just one person in the family can enjoy this beautiful kayak.