I had been paddling an ‘02 Nigel Foster Shadow (which underwent some repairs back in April of 2018, then later to add fixes for more self inflicted damage, the addition of a deck-mounted compass, and red deck lines), but after a class with Nigel in the fall of 2018, I decided to find myself one of his Whisky 16s.
I came across one through the Washington Kayak Club that December. She wasn’t perfect – some scratches on the hull, a broken seat, and the symmetry skeg non-functional – but it was the kayak I wanted, not red or orange, and a great deal.
Her first real trip out was the initial leg of the H2O Project. By the 4th leg, she’d be my kayak of choice having proven herself to be a solid touring boat, capable of handling rough water and surf landings while loaded with gear, maneuverable and overall, a fun play boat.