Submitted: 08-04-2003 by wilsoj2
I paddled a Currituck on Lake George yesterday. Among the very positive attributes of Impex boats these days are high quality manufacture and attention to details. These boats have glassed bulkheads, Valley hatches, and Immersion Research back bands. The lay-ups seem to be impeccable and they feel much lighter than equivalent British (or Necky) boats.
The Currituck is very much a "British" style boat. I would place this boat in a category between the NDK Romany & VCP Avocet and the NDK Explorer & VCP Aquanaut. I would suppose that would put it in a class with the P&H Capella & Orion (or CD Gulfstream). I found the Currituck to be more playful and responsive than either of these boats (Capella & Gulfstream), and probably faster as well.
The Currituck is very lively and pretty fast. It handled the multiple wakes and crossing chop of Lake George, with its many motor boats, with ease. I would urge anyone contemplating a British boat of this size (17') who may not want to hassle the heft of British lay-ups, varying attention to detail and quality control, and lousy stock back bands (not to mention the paucity of dealers and long waiting times) to seriously consider this boat.
That being said, the Currituck did not seem to have the ‘sure footedness’ of either an Explorer or Aquanaut. Both of these British boats convey a confidence in challenging conditions that is ‘felt’ by a paddler more than can be objectively described. Though the Currituck tracks well, it does not seem to track as well as either an Explorer or Aquanaut. Of course, the Explorer is 6" longer than the Currituck and the Aquanaut is 7" longer. The Aquanaut is also noticeably faster than the Currituck and seems to respond more solidly to lean turns.
Impex is moving in a very positive direction with this boat and its rethinking of some of its other models.