Custom Features for NDK sea kayaks

Listed below are the custom specifications that are available on some of the NDK sea kayaks. Prices shown are in addition to the standard price  of the kayak shown on the product pages.

Elite lay up: £348.00

The Elite kayaks are made of fibre glass with a lighter overall lay up than the standard kayaks, making them approximately 3 kilos lighter. With reinforced keel and stress areas on deck and hull this is still a strong kayak, but not as strong as the standard kayak and requires more looking after. The laws of physics tells us that the stronger a sea kayak is the heavier she will be. The Elite lay up is far easier to repair than the carbon-kevlar construction. The kayaks come with internal and external glass seams. The approximate weight of an Elite Explorer is 22 kilo including hatches etc.

Carbon-kevlar lay up: £819.00

These kayaks are constructed out of venylester resin using a carbon-kevlar hybrid cloth to create a much lighter boat, and as a result they can be up to 3 kilos lighter than the Elite lay up.  The exact specification of the construction will depend on the intended use of the kayak. If the kayak is needed for flat water use, a very light construction can be appropriate but for more challenging conditions a higher specification of carbon-kevlar is needed.  The stronger a kayak is needed, the heavier it will have to be. The carbon-kevlar lay up is not as easily repaired as the Elite lay up. The kayak comes with internal and external seams. The approximate weight of a carbon-kevlar Explorer is 21 kilo, but could be as low as 18 kilo including hatches etc.

50/50 lay up: £427.00

This is a compromise offering a carbon-kevlar deck over a glass hull. The carbon-kevlar makes the kayak lighter while the glass hull ensures it is as robust as a standard glass kayak. The approximate weight of a carbon-kevlar deck over a standard glass hull is 23 kg including hatches etc.

Fleet/ heavy duty kayak lay up: £90.00

For centres and clubs that need even stronger kayaks than our standard lay up due to daily abuse year after year, we construct fibre glass kayaks on a heavier specification. This creates heavier and even stronger kayaks. The approximate weight of the fleet kayak is 27 kilo including hatch covers etc.

Small Day Hatch in front of Cockpit Area: £138.00

A small extra day hatch can be fitted directly in front of the cockpit within reach of the paddler.

Oval Shape Rear Hatch: £105.00

Can be fitted instead of the standard round hatch to all kayaks except Pilgrim, Pilgrim Expedition and Romany LV. Makes the rear compartment more accessible, and allows packing of larger items if required.


The wire skeg is standard in the NDK Sea kayaks.

Rope skegs

This skeg is fitted with no additional cost, but must be stated at time of ordering. The front and rear rope skegs are very simple to repair and it is not a huge problem if you forget to pull it up. The down side is it takes a bit longer to get to grips with how far up or down your skeg is.


This combined skeg-rudder system is a hydraulic system that does not get in the way of tow lines or during rescues. The skeg function is controlled by a deck mounted slider and the rudder is operated by an adjustable foot bar. The robust skeg-rudder system retracts undamaged if knocked, whatever the rudder setting. Just like a skeg, it mounts under the stern and so keeps the aesthetic lines of the kayak and doesn’t catch the wind. Using the same simple, reliable hydraulics as the hydraulic skeg, means it is also low maintenance. Please contact us to discuss this option.


Normally we favour skeg over rudder, unless you are racing or paddling a double kayak in conditions above force 4. Should you need a rudder, we can provide your kayak with the C-Trim rudder or a combined skeg-rudder Please contact us to discuss options and prices.

Skeg or rudder

The skeg can be used to trim the kayak in wind, and it does not get in the way of tow lines or become a danger when undertaking rescues – which we often see with the traditional rudder. For single kayaks we normally favour skeg over rudders because they handle well enough in intermediate to advanced conditions not to require rudders. For the Triton double kayak or for racing, however, we recommend a rudder when kayaking in conditions above force 4. Please contact us to discuss.

Bulkhead: £90

When ordering a custom bulkhead, please provide the measurement from the front edge of the keyhole cockpit to the front bulkhead. The bulkhead will be fitted vertically unless otherwise stated upon ordering. Please note that the bulkhead is fibre glassed on one side only.

Foot pump: £192.00

When ordering a foot pump (Henderson) we will add 4 inches (10 cm) onto the inside leg measurements you supply.

Compasses: £105 including fitting

Sea Kayaking Scotland offers a fitting service for the Silva 70P compass into the recess provided.

Deck fittings

It is possible to add additional deck fittings, but these may be flush fittings instead of the standard recessed fittings. Please contact us for a price. If a deck pump (hand operated) is needed, then a recess will need to be fitted at the time of construction. Let us know when you order.


If you would like a custom colour you can get a rough indication of how your colour scheme will look like by using the Colour Chooser or the chart below. When you have chosen your colours from the colour chooser, please make a note of their RAL codes. As monitors may show colours differently, especially darker shades, you may want to check your choice on a printed RAL chart. It is possible to combine any of these colours for Deck, Hull and Trim on a custom kayak order.

1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005
1006 1007 1011 1012 1013 1014
1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020
1021 1023 1024 1027 1028 1032
1033 1034 1037 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2008 2009 2010 2011
2012 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004
3005 3007 3009 3011 3012 3013
3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3020
3022 3027 3031 4001 4002 4003
4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 4009
4010 5000 5001 5002 5003 5004
5005 5007 5008 5009 5010 5011
5012 5013 5014 5015 5017 5018
5019 5020 5021 5022 5023 5024
6000 6001 6002 6003 6004 6005
6006 6007 6008 6009 6010 6011
6012 6013 6014 6015 6016 6017
6018 6019 6020 6021 6022 6024
6025 6026 6027 6028 6029 6032
6033 6034 7000 7001 7002 7003
7004 7005 7006 7008 7009 7010
7011 7012 7013 7015 7016 7021
7022 7023 7024 7026 7030 7031
7032 7033 7034 7035 7036 7037
7038 7039 7040 7042 7043 7044
7045 7046 7047 8000 8001 8002
8003 8004 8007 8008 8011 8012
8014 8015 8016 8017 8019 8022
8023 8024 8025 8028 9001 9002
9003 9004 9005 9006N/A 9007N/A 9010
9011 9016 9017 9018

The choice of colour will affect the kayak considerably. The yellows, whites, greys and other light colours  do not not show scratches badly, however darker colours like British Racing Green, black and dark blue are terrible for showing every scratch! Red based pigments are the most affected by UV exposure, and benefit the most from being stored out of direct sun when not in use. When in use deck temperatures can vary by as much as 20 degrees between light and dark colours.