Designed for rough water and covering distances, the Explorer is our main expedition kayak and suits the medium sized paddler. Faster than the Romany family, manoeuvrable and direction stable. It has a large carrying capacity and has been used on a one-month expedition to Antarctica carrying all supplies with no support.
The Explorer is fitted with the High performance glass seat, unless otherwise requested. The kayak has a low rear deck for easy rolling, a keyhole cockpit that gives excellent grip, control and allows quick exit if need be. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow, no x-rescue is necessary. The Explorer is also available in high volume (HV).
An expedition kayak for the medium sized paddler, length: 17.50 feet, width: 21.26 inches, depth: 13.58 inches, overall volume: 82.82 gallons, front hatch volume: 19.28 gallons, cockpit volume: 38.83 gallons, day hatch volume: 9.91 gallons, rear hatch volume: 14.79 gallons.
The HV has exactly the same length with and storage capacity as the Explorer. The hull comes from the same mold for both models. The HV has the addition of knee humps on the deck. Knee humps provide a less sloping contact point for bracing and create more space for longer legs. They allow for a more up-right seating position, with knees higher and less splayed. Paddlers who find the stability and performance just right in the Explorer, but would prefer more vertical leg room, will like the fit of the HV.