Nelo "Vanquish II" K1 $1100

My ICF flatwater sprint K1, a "Vanquish II" manufactured by the Nelo company of Vila do Conde, Portugal, is for sale.

I bought this boat for $1900 from a paddler in Massachusetts in December of 2012.  I paid about $300 to have the boat shipped down to Memphis via KAS Transport.  The boat had no cover, so I bought one from Heather McNie for about $300:

So, my overall purchase was about $2500.

I'm pretty sure the boat was new in the mid-2000s.  I think the Vanquish series was popular among top-tier racers around the 2004 and 2008 Olympic cycles.

The layup is what Nelo calls its "WWR" construction: a vacuum-bagged carbon-Kevlar epoxy construction "for river descent, marathon training and sea kayaking.  Its main characteristics are stiffness and impact resistance."

The boat is in what I would call "used but excellent" condition.  It is still very stiff, and its only scratches are a couple of superficial ones (i.e., not all the way through the gelcoat) in the hull that were there when I bought it.  I have paddled the boat only on deep water.  The boat lives in its cover and sits in form-fitted minicell cradles when stored outdoors at the marina; for two years (fall 2014 to now) when I didn't use the boat at all, it was stored in my garage in form-fitted cradles.

I have been using an understern rudder on the boat, but there is a bracket for an overstern rudder as well, and the overstern rudder is included in this sale offer.  Also included in the offer is a "swivel" seat in addition to the fixed seat that is currently installed in the boat.

Under stern rudder

Over stern rudder and swivel seat

he Vanquish II is designed for a pretty specific purpose: racing over short distances like 200 meters and 500 meters and 1000 meters.  I am not especially knowledgeable of all the nuances in boat design, but an experienced flatwater racer I know has told me that this boat is not ideal for longer-distance racing--there's something about the hull design that makes it respond well when you're "putting the hammer down" but not so well when you lengthen your stroke and settle into a longer-race pace.  He told me that flatwater marathon racers tend to prefer other designs like the Epic Legacy or the Stellar Apex.

Having said that, I'll point out that my boat's previous owner did in fact outfit it for some longer-distance racing.  He cut a hole in the deck just aft of the cockpit for a water jug:

There's a minicell block within this hole shaped to secure the base of the jug.  Also, there's some apparatus for a bilge pump.  The footboard has one of those pumps that you press on with your foot, and there's a bilgewater-discharge aperture installed on the port side just fore of the cockpit:

Right now the bilge pump is not operational because there is no tubing in place, but such tubing can be easily installed.

I am asking $1100 for this boat.  That includes everything I've got that's related to it: seats, rudders, boat cover.  I believe I have it priced to sell, considering the investment I have in it that's described above.

I'll just add this personal sentimental note: I'd love to see this boat stay in the Mid South.  Even though I've decided it's not a good boat for me, it's nevertheless a boat designed for high performance at the top levels of the sport, and I'd like to see my part of the country become ever more populated by awesome paddlers paddling awesome boats.  That's an idea I'm constantly trying to push in this blog.  Please don't get me wrong--I love all paddlers everywhere and as long as you're willing to hand me eleven hundred bucks the boat's all yours no matter where you live.  I'm just sayin', that's all.

If you want the boat, contact me at  If you don't, please tell anybody you know who might want it.