Nigel Foster's first sea kayak design from 1977, in collaboration with Keith Robinson. Inspired during a solo kayak journey around southwest England in 1975, Nigel determined to create a kayak that performed to his own needs.
At 17 feet 11 inches long, 20.5 inches beam, the Vyneck has an arched hull between hard chines, and virtually no rocker. Viewed by many as a kayak for experts only, Vyneck owners were considered skilled sea paddlers.That reputation was not undeserved. The chines do offer secondary stability when the kayak is edged, but in order to release the stern for turning, it was essential to commit to full edging. The secondary stability on the chine was tuned for a loaded kayak, not an empty one, so it required a confident paddler to edge to the chine when unladen.