16' 11"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Atlantic Options

  • 57 lb
    Polyethylene Plastic
  • 54 lb
    Fiberglass Composite

    Atlantic Description

    Relaxed in any environment is a phrase that sums up the Atlantic. Although only slightly wider than the Shore Line, the Atlantic provides a level of initial-stability normally only found in much wider kayaks. This extra stability provides extra reassurance to the less experienced and extends the comfort zone of anyone intent on pushing their paddling boundaries.

    The beauty of using the hull profile that gives the Atlantic's level of stability whilst retaining a beam of only 22 inch (56 cm) is that the Atlantic retains a reassuring level of speed and avoids the bulk of clumsiness of wider kayaks. All-rounder can sometimes carry negative connotations but once in a while an all rounder does come along that is genuinely good in all departments, the Atlantic is such a case.

    The Atlantic, one sea kayak that really can do it all, an ideal first composite kayak.

    Atlantic Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

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    Atlantic Reviews

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    We have logged 8000 miles on…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/8/2022

    We have logged 8000 miles on the water together. Definitely a love affair.


    I paddled a number of long…

    Submitted by: paddler1423664 on 4/15/2021

    I paddled a number of long trips in north shore boats years ago mainly the calypso it was a superb all round boat , I recently bought a rotomoulded Atlantic and it was like getting back into that old calypso but with a few improvements which suit me better now as an older and larger paddler . Main improvement is the extra knee room from the higher front deck and the larger cockpit . It’s a hull shape I love that handles well in all conditions fast yet stable enough to sit and take photos or fish . Love the plastic forks knocking around rocks etc


    I've been renting for the…

    Submitted by: renhowley on 6/29/2020
    I've been renting for the last few years - trying different kayaks. This Atlantic composite ticked all the boxes, but, I couldn't try it before buying. I sat in it in the store and it fit me. Well I went for the maiden voyage yesterday for 2.5 hours with an experienced friend in Narrow River, Rhode Island. IT WAS AMAZING. I can't say enough about this kayak. It handles great. I'm only 5' tall and the adjustable foot pegs all the way up - my legs stay comfortable in the power position. I will need help taking this off my Thule Hull-avator car rack onto the portable 2 wheel cart until I get strong enough. My pal said he was envious of how beautifully it sits in the water. :-)

    I have a composite Northshore…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/18/2014
    I have a composite Northshore Atlantic and from the moment I sat in it I knew it was the boat for me. The outfitting is so comfy it was like sitting into a sofa and as well as that she handles beautifully in all conditions, be it flat glassy water, breaking out through honking surf, paddling with force 6, gusting 7 beam winds or fully laden for a multiday camping trip.

    It is a touring boat that edges and carves really easily but it's also gets up to and maintains cruising so well that it's even possible to win a marathon race in one, providing you don't have too many racing kayaks in your class.

    All in all, anyone I know who has tried one, has gone on to purchase one, great boat,can't praise it enough.


    As a beginner, I started off…

    Submitted by: paddler235355 on 9/26/2013
    As a beginner, I started off looking at 14' touring kayaks. I tried out the Jackson Journey (too slow), the Hurricane Tampico (too tippy) and the Venture Esky 15. At 6'4" with a 36" inseam, I needed a bigger boat. In a sea kayaking class I was in a Capella 166, which fit well and had speed also. The only trouble was trying to get it to go in a straight line! My instructor suggested I try the North Shore Atlantic. Once I had the footpegs at their furthest setting, I took off from shore.

    All I can say is WOW! I've found my dream kayak. It tracks straight, has great speed and glides like no tomorrow. I put the skeg down for a couple minutes and turned on the power and started jamming down the lake. I understand why you want a longer kayak, the speed increases, and the effort decreases. This baby is now proudly hung in my garage, and I look forward to many happy outings


    I am 6'4" 270lb with size 15…

    Submitted by: paddler233561 on 11/27/2010
    I am 6'4" 270lb with size 15 feet. I have been paddling the north shore Atlantic extensively for the last 6 months, in conditions varying from flat water to 30 knot winds 3 meter swell. This boat is incredibly stable. Actually I would go as far as to say that it is even more stable than my Aquanaut HV or Impex Assateague. This stability is a welcome partner in more trying conditions where the boat sits very strongly on its secondary stability. The transition up to and even beyond 45 degrees of tilt is very smooth and predictable.

    The boat weather cocks the least of any skeg boat that I have paddled and is great in a beam sea where its ability to latch onto the lateral wave movement and translate it into forward momentum is better than any kayak I have paddled. In the surf zone or a trailing sea the boat performs faultlessly, I have never had the boat broach or pearl in the surf regardless of its height (up to a point)to the point where when you are paddling in the company of others that are strongly stern ruddering, you can lift your blade over your head and the boat will still track true.

    I cannot recommend this boat highly enough for the larger paddler that wants to have fun in the surf zone. The lay up on the boat is absolutely faultless, with no flex in the deck or hull. Relaxed in any conditions is the blurb from north shore for the Atlantic, and rarely a boat comes along that holds true to the manufacturers claim, the Atlantic is one such boat, and I would gladly recommend it to anyone.


    Originally my wife and I were…

    Submitted by: Marshall on 1/20/2010
    Originally my wife and I were introduced to the North Shore Kayaks by Ben Lawry. We were impressed at the performance and finish of the kayaks. Enough so that we brought the line into our Instructional Fleet and Showroom at The River Connection in Hyde Park, NY, following our philosophy of we only carry what we enjoy paddling. So like my review of the P&H Scorpio, I have a bias towards these kayaks as I thoroughly enjoy using them.

    My Specs:
    I am 6', 188lbs, size 11 shoe, 33" inseam and 34 waist. I paddle with a very high angle style and usually use a Mitchell Black Magic 215cm or a Werner Cyprus 215cm paddle.

    North Shore Atlantic Specs:
    Length 16'11"
    Width 22"
    Volume: 95 gallons
    Weight: 54lbs w/3 VCP hatches on.

    Water Conditions: Hudson River freshwater at Hyde Park, NY. Enough ice has thawed out today to allow me to actually move around without dodging floes. 3 miles to the north the river is still socked in with ice. Slight breeze from the north at 4-6mph. Flooding tide at approximately 2mph current speed.

    Performance: (using Garmin Oregon 400C gps unit) {YMMV}
    Fast Maintainable Cruising Speed = 5.4-5.9 mph traveling abeam of the current
    Sprinting Speed = 6.4-6.7mph traveling abeam of the current
    Weather Cocking – negligible influence at these wind conditions
    Skeg Performance – makes the kayak track extremely hard and dead on at full deployment. Minimal influence on speed.

    Overall the Atlantic has a very civilized primary stability and extremely smooth transition up on edge to secondary stability. The kayak was very comfortable to keep at a 45 degree heel and a maximum of 60 degrees before passing secondary stability. Recover with a low or high brace felt effortless when bringing it back from capsizing.

    The Atlantic will perform a skidding turn (heeling to the outside of the turn) underway with very little initiation from either a sweep stroke or a stern draw. Moving forward the tightest turn with 45 degrees of heel with just a forward sweep stroke was a 25' diameter and on the reverse a skidding turn of 17' diameter with a reverse sweep and 45 degree heel. The tightest turn I was able to execute was 16' diameter moving forward with a 60 degree heel holding the paddle in a bow rudder and completing with a bow draw at the end of momentum.

    Construction and Outfitting:
    As I mentioned in my Introduction the North Shore line is very nicely finished and appointed. Fiberglass with gel coat is the only available layup with a palate choice of Red, Tangerine, Yellow or White Deck with Black seam and White Hull or Royal Blue Deck with Yellow Seam and White Hull. The North Shore label is amid ships either side of the freeboard hull and highlighted by a "Color Flash" which is a splash of color the same as the deck color.

    Starting at the bow, the seam flares out wider around the tip of the boat making for a protective sort of cap at either end of the kayak. Rescue toggles are tethered so as not to dangle but have bushings around the cord to make the toggle stand above the deck for easy grip while in the water. The toggles can unclip from a convenient stainless ring that held by the end recessed deck fittings (rdfs) which I find handy for bow/stern tie downs while cartopping. Low profile rdfs are used through out the hull with stainless Phillips head machine screws that set into glassed in lock nuts so there are no additional penetrations through the hull. A 70P compass recess is standard on all models. A 10" VCP hatch is forward of the front bulkhead which has a drilled pinhole for pressure equalization. Aft of the cockpit is an 8" dayhatch and a larger 11"x18" oval VCP hatch. All hatches are tethered on to the perimeter lines. The cockpit opening measures 30”x15.75” inside of coaming,with a 27" measurement from the rear of the seating surface to the front coaming, which is plenty for my 33" inseam legs to clear without contacting my shins against the coaming edge. Thighbraces are part of the coaming and provide good coverage allowing for contact and control. The edges of the thighbraces are not curved dramatically so I did not find them impinging on my legs (23" thigh circumference). The front deck clearance is 12" and the rear is 9" from the seat pan to the top of the rear coaming. (9.5" from the hull to the top of the rear coaming) The lip of the coaming is 3/4" off the recess on deck so it takes a bungee randed skirt just fine but caution should be used if a rubber randed skirt is used. The coaming lip is 1" deep. The seat is moderately contoured with a seat pan covering of nylon/thermoformed cushion and a 15.5" width for the hips with the same cushioned hip pads in place. These are on quick release straps so they can be adjusted or removed quite easily. The backband measures 5.5"x14" with a covering of the same style cushioning that does not rise above the coaming edge so as not to get in the way of entries into the kayak. While I usually don't use a back-band I found that I liked this one as it kept me forward in the seat and my tailbone off the rise at the back of the seat. Adjustment for the back-band is by a broad Velcro strap that is best adjusted before getting on the water.

    The pricing on the four solo kayaks by North Shore is $3200 which in comparison to other prices of similar class kayaks is several hundred dollars less.

    I am looking forward to more warmer days to put the North Shore Atlantic through more miles as I have thoroughly enjoyed it to date