01-07-2013Submitted by: Gene
Reviews for NC 17 Overnighter Kayak by NC Kayaks
Based On: 17 Reviews
- Rating: 2 of 10 I purchased this boat used (new) three years ago, former owner hated it, Not a mark on her.
At 6', 200 lbs, I love the boat, the seat, everything about it, except for the thigh braces of which there are/where none. I found a remarkable pair on line, which I installed, and can state that it makes the boat 100% better from a control aspect. NC should consider at least adding this as an option. No thigh braces, little or no control, hard to roll, managing in rough seas... I padded out the seat after a year and a half... it helps quite a bit on long trips. If the seat were a bit more ergonomic that might also help. I've put close to 1000 miles on her since purchase.
And now the reason for the low rating. I called NC shortly after buying the boat to ask some questions about braces and to get a new gasket for the hatch. I e-mailed them, and called once or twice only getting their answering machine, and still have never received the courtesy of a return call.
It's been three years, but who's counting?
Boat gets a TEN, customer service – 0
07-06-2012Submitted by: leebee9360
- Rating: 8 of 10 Pretty boat. Well built for the weight. Very stable I'm 6'4" 200 pounds and it is good in wind, and chop. My issue is the seat being a fixed shape and not adjustable and not very comfortable for me. I would have preferred a back band...
03-29-2010Submitted by: jcaviateur
- Rating: 9 of 10 I bought my Overnighter a few months ago when the company had their 50% off Christmas/Holiday sale. I was somewhat reluctant to blindly buying a kayak online, especially, one that I've never paddled or sat in before. So, fit was a question. Naturally, I would have liked to demo one, but at $1450 for a new glass boat weighing at a measely 43lbs, now that was hard to pass up...especially after pricing out heavier poly boats from the local shop!
Well, I'm definitely glad that I made the purchase. As for fit, I'm 5'8" and a solid 200lbs and the kayak fits me great! The boat tracks straight as advertised. It doesn't actually turn on a dime but that's not important to me right now. I have less than a year in paddling experience, yet I feel confident in it. At the same time, I feel that I'll be able to grow with the boat as does my experience and skill level.
I just love how light the kayak is and how I'm able to lift it over my head and onto the top of my car with ease! I also think it's one of the better looking boats available. As a matter of fact, when I picked up delivery of my kayak from the local trucking company, as I was unpacking it from the huge cardboard container, some of the workers on the loading dock even commented on how good looking it was! I would give it a 10 but my limited paddling experience prevents me from doing that.
03-23-2010Submitted by: badpaddler
- Rating: 10 of 10 The NC Overnighter is definitely one of the most well thought out innovative designs and great looking kayaks I have paddled in all my almost 35+ years of paddling a kayak or canoe. I can't say enough about this kayak.
I have a $4800.00+ full carbon boat that I love paddling a lot, but the NC Overnighter performs just as well and in some areas, a little better.
Prior to the last review written, This is the first kayak that I know of that warranted a "10" by each of it's reviewers and for good reason.
I'm not going to repeat everything that they mentioned making this kayak a plus-up,
but everything written by the reviewers and the Manufacturers, have totally been proven to be perfectly correct in my estimation...Now this is just my opinion, now there may be others that differ.
Read the past reviews even the one prior to mine which was written by a relatively new to paddling person, they are all very, very good reviews.
01-11-2010Submitted by: HSJ
RIGHT ON NC PADDLERS!!!
- Rating: 9 of 10 Not having ever kayaked much and not at all in recent years, the bug to get a kayak would strike every so often to be dismissed after a review of the costs not only of the boat itself but of all the necessary accessories and support equipment. Until a month or so ago, when I, in perhaps a small fit of temporary insanity, placed an order for an NC 17 LT Overnighter kayak from Novus Composites in Tacoma, WA. Why did I choose that kayak? Hard to say now; I suppose I was persuaded to some extent by claims on their web site, in part by the fact that they have a feature of heavily discounting some particular model every week.
Since receiving the kayak (it came well protected in an enormous carton box) I have taken it to the local harbor 4 to 5 times after trying it out in the pool. I was impressed with the general workmanship and the fact that it came within a pound of the advertised weight. I have found only one minor problem, a water leak from the hatch cover which was solved by rotating the circular cover to a different position. I was somewhat surprised to find that the kayak had no knee braces as such nor any padding under the cockpit to protect the knees. That was fixed with some neoprene sheet, but I have seen other kayaks that have this nicely installed by the manufacturer. I am not sure about the seat yet, it is a hard molded unit without a flexible backrest — I did put some neoprene there as well, but have not paddled enough to determine if more will be required.
In the water the kayak feels a little bit tippy right around the "0" position, but only for perhaps 10 degrees or so. Beyond that it becomes increasingly resistant to rotation, I found in the pool that it takes quite some effort to put it on edge so that the flange is submerged. This, I hope, will translate into resistance toward capsizing at the slightest provocation.
Paddling the kayak immediately reveals its desire to go straight---so much so, that it takes some effort to turn it. It is an interesting consequence of the design which I found intriguing in that the prismatic coefficient is very low, suggesting that the kayak will paddle easily at low to moderate speeds but may require some effort to reach hull speed. The rather long bow and stern sections are very narrow acting, in the language of a novice not familiar with nautical engineering terms, like skegs both in front and back. By putting the kayak on edge, the water line becomes significantly shorter, and at that point it should turn quite nicely---I just have not been able to do that reliably yet.
Yesterday I joined a group from a local paddling club for a New Year's Day outing in the harbor (Channel Island Harbor, Ventura, CA). I found I had no trouble keeping up with the group and, in fact, could keep up for a short while in a near-sprint with the fastest paddler, a very experienced kayaker in a Seda Glider. Since I am still developing basic elements of the forward stroke, I take that as a good sign.
I was reluctant to write a review at first because I felt that as a novice paddler I really could not evaluate the kayak meaningfully. However, perhaps there is value to the impressions of a beginner for all those who are considering taking up the sport and might be confused or misled by esoteric technical jargon. In the final analysis, I really look forward to learning to paddle this kayak with greater skill and mastery. I have signed up to take a comprehensive course in kayaking skills and am very excited to take my boat out into the open ocean. In the meantime, I can take pleasure in the fact that it paddles very nicely in the harbor and that it looks very pretty, a consideration not totally without merit.
10-15-2008Submitted by: lwireny
- Rating: 10 of 10 I received my NC 17 Overnighter LT about a month now I was a little leery about buying one totally unseen or anyone locally having any experience with it. I live on Long Island, NY. I did research (The guys at NC deserve a place in Heaven after dealing with all my questions)and I always came back to it before I bought it.
The first day I paddled with it I felt as if it was made for me. The boat makes you feel comfortable, I paddled with the Peconic Paddlers and the owner of the shop was impressed by it. I had six people test paddle the boat and they all loved it. I have since taken it on many trips and it still is a pleasure to use, it turns as stated and cutting through the wakes is easy even rough water it shined. The craftsmanship is superb I thought I would have to cushion the seat... it's more comfortable than my Pungo. I only have two complaints:
02-23-2007Submitted by: Curt Johnson
#1 at 17'2" it is a chore to put on my Toyota Tundra Cab (any boat would be)
#2 The season is almost over...
- Rating: 10 of 10 I recently purchased and received an NC17 Overnighter from NC Kayaks. I cannot tell you how pleasant Greg, Doug, Mark and all the folks at NC are to work with. My boat was received in time for a big week end paddle with a local club at Lake Eufala on the Georgia and Alabama line. We arrived Friday afternoon and squared away the cabin in time for a quick paddle. Lake Eufala is about 40-60 miles long and pretty wide where we were located. Weather was 39 and clear with slight breeze. I got settled in for the maiden voyage of my new NC 17 following a local club member across the lake to a wildlife refuge. About two miles out the wind starts blowing a steady 20 mph with gusts up to 30-35 mph. By now I am getting acquainted with the NC17 real quick . The waves quickly rose to 15-16 inches with some white caps. The NC 17 felt right at home in these conditions and I felt my self surfing the waves in fact my partner said I was spanning two waves and rising up and over the oncoming third wave. Due to the curve of the bow the water was breaking right and left and not over the top . I was literally slicing through the oncoming waves like a knife. We were heading to an inlet to get away from the wind and changing course was breeze . Lift a leg and flick your wrist and the NC17 responds like it has a bridle on it. Weather cocking was never a problem even in the gales we were experiencing.
This is my first composite kayak and after 6 years in a Dagger rotomold , I am really really pleased with this boat. The attention to detail, the super hatch covers and just the over all feel
and look of the craft has totally renewed my interest in kayaking. Do yourself a favor. Seriously give this boat or it's sisters a look see!! You won't go wrong!
06-08-2005Submitted by: Ben Gosvig
- Rating: 10 of 10 We purchased two NC 17 Overnighter kayaks about a month ago, or my wife and me. These are the lighter glass layups, which I recommend. My wife and I both previously enjoyed whitewater kayaking, but are relative newbies to sea kayaking. We therefore spent considerable time researching kayaks, and finally settled upon Novus Composites for these vessels.
We've been thoroughly delighted with our choice. The NC's have remarkable tracking ability (without external rudder or skeg), nimble action and they rarely weathercock. Our kayak instructor (who paddles a Necky) tried our boats and was impressed with the lightness, speed and stability.
By purchasing direct from Greg and the guys at NC in Tacoma, you achieve pricing that can't be touched by mfgrs who go through dealers. The dealer's margin is yours. Greg at NC was fabulous to deal with. I couldn't make it down to Tacoma to pick-up our finished boats, so he drove them to us in Bellingham.
The finish on the boats is beautiful. Greg allowed us to select custom colors, with two-tone fades. Everyone comments on the striking appearance.
I've since tried other fiberglass and Kevlar boats (most at nearly twice the price). All have noteworthy merits, but I wouldn't trade our NC's for any of them.
I don't consider myself an expert, but I'd recommend these kayaks to anyone. They are a remarkable deal for a top-tier boat, and the people at NC are solid straight-shooters.
03-31-2005Submitted by: Travis Williams
- Rating: 10 of 10 After a year of shopping and comparison my brother and I both decided on the NC 17. Price was not a consideration for either of us and we did look at several boats that were easily $1000 more than the NC. After taking a weekend trip from Anchorage, Alaska to Tacoma for a test paddle we both ordered on the spot with no hesitation. My brother and I have since done several trips in Alaska both in the Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords. We have absolutely no regrets. I can not think of one thing about my boat that I would change. (I did add a small piece of foam to the back of the seat, but I consider that more a fault of my boney hips than the boat) These boats are amazingly well built with an almost artistic attention to detail, they are fast and stable (especially fully loaded), and are simply gorgeous. If you are considering purchasing a touring kayak, buy an NC quick before they realize how much more they could be charging. If I had paid $1000 more my comments would not change. Thanks NC kayaks and thanks to my brother for coming across the NC web site (the pictures on the web site do not do them justice).
02-17-2005Submitted by: ---
- Rating: 10 of 10 I got very lucky when I found this boat. After much searching, I'm sure glad I took the chance and ordered it sight unseen. Greg was easy to work with and spent a lot of time with me on the phone helping me get an extra hatch. The boat arrived on time and looked tremendous. It weighed in 2 more pounds than stated but still very light for a 17 footer. Tracks like a dream and is fast. A local dealer was amazed when he saw it. The seat was more comfortable than I thought. I plan on getting the NC19 sometime down the road. You can't go wrong with this boat.
06-15-2004Submitted by: ---
- Rating: 10 of 10 Recently purchased an 17' Overnighter, my first kayak. I am REALLY pleased! Lightweight - easy to handle - excellent price - and it looks really neat (lime green with yellow fade.)
04-27-2004Submitted by: John L
- Rating: 10 of 10 I live near the factory in WA and had the pleasure of visiting them to purchase my first "Real" kayak. These guys made the experience really fun and informative. They were all genuinely excited about kayaking. It made buying my NC 17 Overnighter LT that much better considering the expense for my limited budget. I am so glad I upgraded from a cheapo plastic shell to this beauty. It's faster, smoother, and 22 pounds lighter!
12-23-2003Submitted by: snook4
- Rating: 10 of 10 Update to our review for the NC 17LT Daytripper: Installed a custom foam seat(courtesy of Joe Greenley, Redfish Kayaks) that pressure fitted beautifully. Improved stability, control, comfort for my back on long paddles, and just added enough room to drop into the seat cowboy style. Wife still happy with the original seat (may change her mind). Makes this yak even more enjoyable. Still a 10 for us.
11-19-2003Submitted by: Randy
- Rating: 10 of 10 I am a veteran cyclist who is just getting into kayaking. After a lot of internet research I finally decided on the NC-17 Daytripper as my first boat because of its light weight and my size. This kayak truly is awesome and handles very well, even along the sometimes rough shoreline of Nassau, Bahamas. I was very nervous ordering such a large item on the Net and having it shipped all the way from WA to Fl and then on the way to the Bahamas! But it arrived without a scratch, thanks Greg!
11-15-2003Submitted by: LtRay
- Rating: 10 of 10 In July of 2003 I received my NC 17 ovetnighter. I could not be happier with its looks. I was not ready for such a responsive boat. The boat handles the choppy waves of Lake Michigan with ease. This boat is inspirational. I am a novice yet this boat lets me charge thru waves and rides them back with very little broaching if any at all. I have recently started rolling classes in the Chicago area and the instructors have never seen an NC kayak. They were impressed with the boat. Thanks Doug and Greg at NC Kayaks, great kayak. Can't wait till next season.
10-13-2003Submitted by: snook4
- Rating: 10 of 10 We will echo Ben's report. Both our NC 17 Daytripper LT's(fiberglass composite)are awesome boats. The light weight was important to us for daily carry and use. Novus Composites were very responsive and a pleasure to deal with. Boats shipped from WA to FL without a scratch. We receive many compliments and inquiries when we launch or return. My wife's boat has a very female two tone color fade with a purple seat! Her only concern was that perhaps her PFD color clashed with the boat!!
06-02-2003Submitted by: Ben
- Rating: 10 of 10 I recently purchased two new NC Kayaks. The first is an NC17 Overnighter. The second being an NC19 Expedition. Both are the "LT" Lightweight versions. I have found both kayaks to be of exceptional quality and design. After months of searching, I am quite pleased with my calculated selections. Both kayaks are extremely effecient in the water. Much more so than numerous other kayaks I have paddled.
My NC17 is used as my day use or short duration kayak (up to 3 days ). It is extremely quick and effortless to paddle. It is responsive like no other kayak, with great stability. It tracks well and holds its course even in high wind and wave conditions. When put into its secondary, it will turn 180 degrees within its own length. Extremely impressive boat. I would recommend this kayak to anyone looking for quality, performance and pricing unmatched anywhere in the marketplace. Definitely a great kayak!!!
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