your paddlesports destination
  • 16' Length
  • 24.25" Width
  • 46 Weight (lbs)
  • $ 3,639.99 MSRP

Narwhal Description

The Narwhal is designed for beginner to intermediate paddler seeking performance, comfort and elegance. It is also an excellent option for beginners who aspire to attain a higher skill level. A long waterline allows the paddler to achieve excellent acceleration and cruise speeds. A moderate rocker enhances maneuverability when leaning. For long and short expeditions, loaded or empty, the Narwhal is always an outstanding choice.

Narwhal Reviews


Read and submit reviews for the Narwhal.

Narwhal Specifications

  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Weight: 46 lbs
  • Length: 16'
  • Width: 24.25"
  • Volume: 400 liters
  • Cockpit Dimensions (L × W): 32.00 × 17.00"
  • Primary Material: Kevlar/aramid Composite

Narwhal Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Hull Shape: V-Bottom
  • Chine: Soft
  • Rudder/Skeg: Rudder
  • Storage: Bow Hatch, Stern Hatch

Recommended Usage

  • Activity Type: Recreation, Touring
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Duration: Day Trip, 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult

Where to Buy the Narwhal

Learn More

Boreal Design
Narwhal Reviews

Read reviews for the Narwhal by Boreal Design as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

I have had my 16 foot...

I have had my 16 foot Narwhal for 12 years. I bought her as a used boat from a shop in Connecticut. This boat has it all. It is as stable as can be and has seen me through some very rough conditions along the New England coastline as well as in the Florida Keys. Yes, we bring our boats wherever we go. My boat has a rudder which I use frequently. The mechanisms work flawlessly. I can get up to speed with a few brief hard strokes and I can maintain speed easily. She is easy to maneuver and performs well on ocean waves, on rivers and lakes. Boreal Design is a great company. I needed a new seat cover and they sent one to me in just a few days and tossed in some new decals for free. I highly recommend this boat to anyone who wants comfort, stability, speed and a great looking kayak.

I've been paddling my...

I've been paddling my Narwahl for about 5 years now, and I have only great things to say. She is sleek, steady, stable and reliable.We've been out is some nasty weather out on Long Island Sound and she performs like a champ. The rudder really helps keep her straight and true. She is quite comfortable on long trips too. Boreal Design is a fantastic company to work with. I wore out the seat cover, and they quickly helped me get a replacement for less than $20, and threw in some fresh decals for free. I'm a very satisfied customer!

I just took delivery of my...

I just took delivery of my new 16 foot Boreal Narwhal. It's mid December in Pa. so I have not paddled it yet. Quality looks great. It's everything I had hoped it would be. Come early spring, I'll give it its first test. Based on looks alone, I'll give it a 9.

A year has gone by since I...

A year has gone by since I posted my review of my Narwhal, and I thought an update was in order...she's still a beautiful boat, though she no longer looks new...the red decks have faded just a little and there are a number of minor scratches. So I no longer live in fear of marring her...just relax and take reasonably good care of her, while enjoying the ride...

I love this boat more and more as time goes by. You'll have to forget my comments on speed. She may not be quite as fast as other composites, but she recently walked away from a Prijon Kodiak and a variety of Dagger and Perception boats, including my old Eclipse, and they were paddled by people half my age. And I thought I was loafing along at the time! Was just enjoying myself on this offshore paddle, when I looked around and found myself alone...had to wait several minutes for the rest of 'em to catch up. Credit the boat for this, NOT the paddler!!! So, now I have NO criticisms...

After paddling nothing but...

After paddling nothing but plastic boats due to my conviction that I couldn't afford a composition boat, I tried a Boreal Designs Narwhal. This boat I COULD afford, as it was only $400 more than the plastic boats I had been considering. Wow! Start with construction. She's glass, with great fit and finish. Her rudder is not just stamped out but is actually feathered. Rudder tracks are ABS instead of aluminum...a good thing, as anyone who has had binding problems in sand and salt could attest. Pedal adjustment was the easiest I have ever encountered. Deck fittings were double fastened, instead of using the single fittings on most boats I've seen. And, at 50 lbs, she comes in considerably lighter than any of the plastic boats and many of the composites.

My 6'2", 240lb frame went into and out of the cockpit easily, and I was snug AND comfortable inside, with both good room and good bracing. Seat and back were comfortable and, again, easily adjustable. No, she didn't just take off the second the paddle touched the water, as both my Eclipse and the Looksha IV did. But she tracked like a dream, was faster than any boat I'b paddled, once I got her going, and, though she didn't go up on edge as easily as the Looksha, she wasn't hard to turn, either.

I've used her every day for two weeks, for several hours at a time and only get happier with her performance. Okay, she's no racer. But boy, does she cover water, and am I EVER comfortable! Think I'll keep her.