The Bylgja is our higher volume Greenland inspired Norse Sea Kayak designed for the larger paddler looking for ocean play and multi-day trips. It has a very efficient hull capable of covering long distances with ease in a wide range of conditions. It tracks very well as you would expect from a 17 foot kayak with a V shaped hull and hard chines. At home on flat water it really comes into its own when playing in lively sea conditions too. Edging over onto the chines is smooth and confidence inspiring, you will appreciate the precision of this hull when paddling through choppy waters, negotiating rocky shorelines or surfing.
Advanced paddlers will find this kayak to be predictable, responsive and well able to cope with complex sea conditions. These characteristics reflect the Norse heritage - the Bylgja is designed to cope with seas which are often like glass high up in the fjords but which can be wild on the more open coastlines and in amongst the islands of Norway. They are very much suitable for paddling all waters around the UK.
Many Bylgja paddlers enjoy paddling without the skeg in most conditions but are reassured that when needed the 10 inch retractable skeg can easily deal with harsher conditions and will rarely need to be fully deployed apart from on extremely windy days. As with all Norse sea kayaks Bylgja's hull is reinforced with aramid all the way through her keel length and the rails between the chines have the same reinforcing, so this boat has great rigidity in all builds.
There are three bulkheads and access to the storage areas is very good with large oval bow and stern hatches making loading a trolley or camping kit very easy. There is a readily accessible round day hatch just behind the cockpit for storing items such as a cagoule, on the water snacks etc. There is also a convenient small hatch in front of the cockpit which gives access to a mesh bag which is ideal for stowing all the bits and bobs you need while paddling.
The rear deck has bungee lines designed for a 'norsaq' (reflecting the Greenland influence) however you can also use this for storing a pair of spare split deck paddles. The cockpit is designed for easy entry when wet launching / exiting and works well should you ever need to self rescue too. The top of the bulkhead wall behind the seat finishes close to the cockpit rim and is designed to make emptying any water out very easy during a self, or assisted, rescue. Front bungees are ideal for attaching a deck bag or keeping charts handy while paddling.
If you have any questions about this kayak please feel free to give us a call - many of our staff have paddled the Norse kayaks extensively and will be able to give you the paddler perspective.
FULL REVIEW: Read our review of the Norse Bylgja by clicking here.
- Deck Lines & Bungees
- Retractable Skeg System
- Deck Compass Recess
- V hull with gentle rocker, flatter bottomed mid section and hard chines.
- Two main hatches fore and aft with generous storage bulkheads
- Convenient small forward deck hatch - accessable whilst on the water
- Medium sized rear deck hatch and third bulkhead also accessible while paddling
- Constructed From Vacuum Bagged Fibreglass Composite, reinforced with aramid along the keel & rails - Carbon construction also available
- Length: 17' / 520 cm
- Width: 21.5" 55 cm
- Weight - Fiberglass: 53 lb / 24 kg
- Weight - Carbon: 46 lb / 21 kg
- Cockpit Width: 40 cm
- Length: 84 cm
- Height: 30 cm
- Total volume: 350l
- Front bulkhead: 65l
- Cockpit: 180l
- Day hatch: 35l
- Rear bulkhead: 70l
- Max loading weight: 140kg
- Recommended paddler weight: 60kg. - 110kg.
- Sprayskirt - R5 / Bigdeck (easy fit) R4 / Keyhole (tight fit)
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