A sleek, sporty touring kayak that handles predictably enough for beginners yet still offers the performance that allows advanced paddlers to develop their skills. By devoting great care and attention to the finishing of each boat before it leaves the plant, Seaward has built an enviable reputation as one of North America's premier kayak makers.
The recessed hatches and deck fittings, together with the low deck height, look sharp and minimize wind resistance. A low six-inch-high backrest and curved thigh supports allow a full range of motion and unity with the boat during edged turns, braces, sweeps, and rolls.
The rudder is controlled by pivoting the pedals rather than sliding them back and forth; this allows the paddler to brace more solidly into the boat for greater stability and control whether the rudder is in or out of the water.
The cockpit is easily fine-tuned to paddlers of different sizes: the seat back can be moved horizontally forward or backward by mounting it in either of two sets of predrilled holes. The seat back can then be adjusted for tilt using a strap. The seat bottom is padded with minicell foam in a nylon cover. The cover can be opened for sculpting the existing foam or adding more.
- Made with hand-laid fibreglass.
- Heavy-duty plastic keel guard protects the bottom of the stern during landings.
- Surf-style rudder pivots 270 degrees into V-bracket on rear deck.
- Lowering and raising lines for the rudder are on opposite sides of the cockpit to minimize confusion.
- Secure nylon straps hold the paddle steady for paddle-float self-rescues; quick-release tabs free it rapidly after re-entry.
|Length||5.6m (18ft. 5in.)|
The depth of the boat at the front of the cockpit, measured from the inside bottom of the boat to the inside top.
|Internal cockpit dimensions||79 x 41cm (31 x 16in.)|
The overall volume capacity of a boat or the total board displacement in litres.