The Shell Star has all the smooth lines of a fine thoroughbred. She is the right choice for the paddler who likes a long, narrow width, fast, and responsive ride. Her features are nice to ponder 17' x 22" (15" water line") this boat has 1 ½" bow rocker and 1" stern for the easy carving in the waves.
The Shell Star has the same good looks from the crossbred of a modern sea kayak and the old Greenland kayaks. The Shell Star was designed for the beginner to the experienced paddler. The moderately shallow hull design and its narrow width hull, along with a deep "V" bow and stern makes for a smooth entry though the waves.
The Shell Star has a moderate initial stability, and because the hull is flared the entire length of the boat from the waterline up to the sheerline it has great secondary stability.
The Shell Star's unique bow (a little higher than the Polar Star) has a little more flare above the waterline so the boat is lifted up by the waves. It also gives it "the foot print" of 15 feet at the water line.
The narrow lightweight bow provides for a faster ride in waves, reduces paddling effort in waves, and provides for a drier ride in waves.
The tight fitting side thigh braces helps with the C and C roll as well. Hatch covers are designed to fit flush with the deck so as to keep the smooth looking deck lines.
The cockpit opening is a keyhole designed like the one used in many of the English boats. This allows for an easy entry and exit, it keeps the over all opening area to a minimum. This is helpful on surf launchings as it lets in water. It also allows for comfort on long trips where it allows your knees to be raised from the seated position. The lower back deck at the cockpit makes this boat easy to lie back on the deck for an easy screw roll.
When the waves wash over you deck or you pearl into a large wave, these flush hatch covers keeps the water from splashing onto your face, unlike the hatch covers that are constructed like a lid of a shoe box. The hatch openings are large enough for you're hard to pack gear i.e.; tent, air mattress and other gear bags.
The hatch covers sit on a lid with a rubber gasket so they are water tight and securely sealed. And finally the weight is important not only for paddling but the all exhausting carrying for the car to the shore. Also it a lot easier to load on top of you car.