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Steve Killing's Endeavour 17

by Bear Mountain Boat Shop Inc.

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I have owned and paddled the Endeavor 17 for about three years…

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I have owned and paddled the Endeavor 17 for about three years now and feel I scan now give a fairly well rounded view of the boat. The boat has great initial stability and it turns easily when leaned and overall a very dry ride in rough conditions.

This boat needs a rudder or skeg in windy conditions to deal with weather cocking. This boat is not for a small person but for those of us 180 lbs plus. I'm 200 lbs., 5'10" tall and find the boat very comfortable with almost to much wiggle room. The lines of the boat are beautiful so be prepared for lots of folks compliments.

This boat is not a play boat either for the craft has very little rocker, but is ideally suited for tripping. I would say that this boat is perfect for the novice in that the initial stability and seaworthiness of the craft will instill confidence in many conditions.

This is a stripper (cedar plank and epoxy) kayak built from Steve…

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This is a stripper (cedar plank and epoxy) kayak built from Steve Killing's plans in Ted Moore's KayakCraft book. I bought it from the builder in Far Rockaway, NY. It is 17' long with a 23.5" beam and weighs 55 lbs. A careful builder using thinner planks and lighter fiberglass cloth with better epoxying technique could probably get the weight down to about 45 lbs. If anything, though, the extra weight of this particular boat probably contributes to its stability.

It has a real nautical feel. It paddles easily and tracks very well under normal conditions. Very stable. It tends to weathercock under strong crosswinds which implies the seat is a bit back of the balance point. As much as I dislike a rudder on a kayak, it would be a good addition to this boat if one were to use it for lengthy trips in open waters in windy conditions.

Regardless, the boat is a real eye-catcher and is very comfortable. A great boat for day outings or overnighters. Has enough volume to carry gear for longer trips too but that's out of the question for me at this stage of the game...