Submitted: 07-01-2008 by Sandy Jack
I have always been a great fan of the Current Design Expedition model and in fact I own the second one out of the mold which I have put several 1,000 kilometers in up and down the west coast.
But what has to be understood is this boat was built to meet a specific need as a fast, large capacity single for month long unsupported trips and for professional guides that need to keep up with customers in a double kayak.
In its element (fully loaded off-shore in open ocean swells) it's a rocket giving the paddler an e-ticket ride surfing down the swells with ease. In these conditions I have personally covered 100 kilometers in a Dawn to Dusk day. The other great advantage with the boat is in rough chop how dry the ride is if one removed the front toggle.
The downside of this boat though is trying to use this boat unloaded. On flat water the boat can be handled with ease and easily waterlines any other kayak of similar dimensions. In rough following seas though this boat is a real handful and requires the paddler to stay at pace with the swell and chop.
The other big issue is this is a big person boat and will easily overwhelm an average to small paddler's attempt to control it.