To finish the tale of rolling the Mariner Express …

posted Aug 2, 2017, 1:48 PM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

After rather consistent success rolling the NDK Explorer, I once again tried the Mariner. My success rate was better than before, but still more toward the dismal side. Consequently the NDK will now become my preferred kayak. If the Mariner remains in my fleet, it might still be the choice when on our rare camping forays, since it holds much more gear than the NDK. But, in general, I plan to use the NDK.

At this point, the Explorer is pretty much rigged and configured the way I want. The NDK leaks scarcely at all, except when rolling. Then the rear hatch leaks, as does the day hatch to a lesser extent. The day hatch almost certainly leaks via the hatch cover. I haven’t diagnosed the leakage in the rear hatch and am only moderately motivated to do so. Most likely it’s the hatch cover or the deck access to the rope skeg.