07-06-2012Submitted by: Jon
Reviews for Currituck Kayak by Impex Kayaks
Based On: 18 Reviews
- Rating: 10 of 10 I have owned the fiberglass Impex Currituck for about 5 years and love the boat. For several years, however I felt that it was a bit too responsive for the conditions I often paddle in around Casco Bay (wind, waves, etc.) Recently, however, I lowered the seat 3/4 of inch by removing the seat and marking out a parallel curve to the foam on the front and back side of the existing foam seat, leaving a small amount of foam underneath the existing seat. I cut the foam with a serrated fishing knife and it cut easily and cleanly. I put plastic spacers in and increased the four 1/4" dia. seat bolts (with stainless bolts) to 1.5" in length and it dramatically improved the stability of the boat for me, with a lowered center of gravity.
I would now give the boat now a 10 whereas before it was an 8 due to feeling too "playful".
I am 5'11", 190 lbs and find the fit nearly perfect, as is. I have a 12.5 shoe size and find the room for my feet more than sufficient, especially when I wear a more minimalist paddling shoe or Vibram five fingers. Wearing full-size sneakers is not recommended.
The finish and quality of the boat is outstanding. The hatches have never leaked, the skeg works beautifully. Everything about the boat is high quality. The only exception to this was the back band latches which immersion research has helped me replace quickly for stainless latches which they now use exclusively. IR has excellent customer service.
This is a beautiful extremely well-made boat which is a joy to paddle.
05-12-2011Submitted by: Paddlemule
- Rating: 10 of 10 I have been paddling Kayaks for about a year and this is my third boat. I am 205lbs, 6' tall, and have 10.5 shoes and biker thighs. I would say that I am at the absolute limit for size in this boat but it fits me like a glove. My previous boat was the Alchemy 14L which is very roomy. I have been in it for up to 3-4 hours at a time and find it to be comfortable but I'm ready to get out and stretch at that point. It rolls comfortably for me with a greenland paddle. It edges well and tracks very well. I can maintain a 3.5-4mph average for that amount of time without much difficulty. If you are any bigger than me or don't like a tight fit get the Assateague.
05-09-2011Submitted by: liv2paddle
- Rating: 8 of 10 I bought the Impex to replace a Tempest kevlar which was getting to heavy for me to handle. I own the non-gelcoat version of this boat which weighs in at 43 lbs..nice. Having paddled the Tempest for four years..I was very picky about the next boat. I must say this yak comes very close to a Tempest without the weight.
It is tight in foot area..if you are a guy..no more then a 9 1/2 shoe will fit comfortably. The keyhole entrance is nice if you are not more then 5'10 you can seat in boat and slide feet in ..not so with the Tempest. I sit high in the boat.. higher then the Tempest..so that took time to get used to..but I now prefer it. The hatches are bone dry.
The boat is very responsive. I feel faster in this boat..but that's unsubstantiated. It's just a feeling.
Negatives: impossible to adjust foot pegs after you are in the boat.unlike the Tempest...hatches are very difficult to get on and off..seat in just ok... Wilderness is much better.
Positives: great looking..handles well in all conditions..good tight hatches...relatively fast boat built for small to medium paddler under 5'10 175 lbs tops. with smallish feet.(under size 10)
04-03-2009Submitted by: MikeBikePaddle
- Rating: 8 of 10 I've had my Currituck for about 6 years now. I'm 5'-8" and somewhere b/w 175 - 180lbs. The boat is a perfect fit for me. I would say I'm not far from the upper end size wise.
Great hull design. This boat has great tracking, yet very maneuverable since it has a generous amount of rocker. I think the design, volume-wise, is a nice balance for someone doing mostly daytrips with some multi-day. It has low secondary which doesn't give you much of a solid edge but it is nice when you are in rough seas or taking waves to the beam. I've paddled in some high winds and big waves and the feel of the boat gives me confidence. Weather cocking isn't as pronounced as some boats I've paddled and is easy to counter with the skeg. If you're looking to do some surfing or want more solid edging you might be disappointed but otherwise it is a very nice design.
I replaced the back band somewhere b/w 2.5 - 3 years. The plated steel buckles completely rusted thru. My feeling is that a SEA-kayak ought to be built to survive in salt water. I replaced the nylon straps in the handles after the front strap broke about at about 6 months. I also had a leaky bulkhead and some small leaks around the hatch rings. I fixed with some UV resistant marine grade caulking. I whittled and sanded my skeg to be a tad more streamlined which was basically just a shape cut 1/4" sheet. Not the best surfing kayak. Tendency to broach a little more than some I've paddled.
My rating is an 8. Although I feel they cut a few corners in the mfg., the design is a good one and they do have excellent customer service and respond quickly to problems.
06-27-2008Submitted by: jbruce
- Rating: 5 of 10 I can't write a proper review for the Currituck because I only paddled it for 3km before giving up. So please ignore the rating score that I left.
It's a beautiful boat and handles nice but, unfortunately, there wasn't enough leg or foot room for me to be comfortable. I'm only submitting this info for people who are my size or larger and considering demoing or purchasing a Currituck.
08-10-2007Submitted by: Mike
I'm 5'11 w/ sz 12.5 feet.
I think the ideal paddler would be 5'9" or shorter with a max foot size 10
- Rating: 10 of 10 I currently have a 2006 Currituck in Fiberglass and let me say its one of the best boats out there. Working in a kayak shop, I've tried out almost a hundred boats before picking this boat. It is surprisingly stable, very fast and handles incredibly well in the adverse conditions on the Great South Bay on Long Island and in the surrounding waters. I am 5' 6" and 155lbs and the boat has great space for me and all my gear and then some.
07-25-2006Submitted by: peapod
- Rating: 10 of 10 I bought my currituck in late Oct so I did not have time to get use to it before the winter months. I had to be very cautious because the water turned cold and even correctly equipped you do not want to get in deep trouble. As I paddled the kayak I soon realized that this was a perfect boat for me
At 17 feet long and 21.5 inches wide the kayak zips through the water. At a 16 mile lake paddle I was able to paddle at an average speed of 4.0 mph.Not bad for a 56 year old. The boat loves swells and waves. It sometimes seems disappointed when the water is too flat. It is rare for boat wakes to make me change course. The boat is very stable both initially and when moving. The currituck is easy to lean without tipping and you can turn it on a dime.. The skeg is necessary to keep it on course when the wind and tide on at right angles to each other. The seat and backrest have good support and are comfortable. I still use a yak pad for extra paddling due to back problems. The hatches do not leak even a drop. When I first bought this kayak I thought I would have trouble getting into a smaller cockpit than I was use to. Now I feel the cockpit is too big. All in all I am very satisfied with the sea kayak and would recommend anyone looking for a top notch stable, fast and solid kayak to consider purchasing the Currituck.
04-27-2006Submitted by: neversink
- Rating: 10 of 10 I have now had my carbon-kevlar Currituck for three years and love it. I have had it out in many conditions. In New York Harbor, on the Hudson, on Long Island Sound and up in the Adirondacks. For me, at 180 lbs and 5'11" the Currituck is a perfect fit and I have never needed any extra padding anywhere.
The boat is well constructed and it is incredibly responsive and fast. I have no problem keeping up and actually staying ahead of more experienced and stronger paddlers. I hardly ever use the skeg anymore and have no problem keeping it on track. It handles on coming waves beautifully. And it loves following seas.
I have outfitted mine with a little extra rigging although the deck lines and rigging on the boat are very substantial.
This is the second of three Impex boats I own. The first is an Assateague, which is a little big for me, but I still like it and keep it (for now) for those friends of mine who are bigger.
The other Impex boat I own has not yet been delivered, and that is the Force IV.
The great thing about Impex, is that they stand by all their boats and their workmanship. Any problems? Just call or contact them and they will give you wonderful service.
11-27-2004Submitted by: Brian
- Rating: 10 of 10 This is a preliminary report on an Impex Currituck (Kevlar/Carbon) delivered about a month ago. It arrived in perfect shape with the fit and finish I had heard about and witnessed in the demo. Purchased at Jersey Paddler…great help in guidance, selection, and purchase.
I am a beginning kayaker who wanted good performance in a kayak I could grow into over time as my skills develop. I was looking for something for a variety of environments. I live on the Severn River in Maryland and also plan to use the boat in coastal Maine and Canada during summers. I tried out the P&H Capella which I found entirely too unstable for my liking/skill level. I also tried the Gulfstream which was nice but a bit wide for my liking. The Currituck I tried was the fiberglass version that seemed perfect. The Kevlar/Carbon handles quite differently. It is much more responsive, quick, and easy to over-correct (which I am quickly and easily adapting to) and very easy to turn for 17'.
To date, I have only used it on the Severn in good conditions (today there was a pretty stiff breeze) and it is all I expected and more. It is very quick, very responsive, and, due to weight, very easy to handle out of the water. Perhaps as I get more time on the water and more skill, I will find something about which to be critical. At this point I could not be more satisfied.
08-24-2004Submitted by: ---
- Rating: 9 of 10 I'm fortunate to have two Impex boats - a Montauk and a Currituck. The Montauk was the original boat of choice but I am close to max'ing it out at 5'9"/165 lbs. I picked up the Currituck to accommodate larger paddlers - with the max to date being about 6' and 230 lbs. The Currituck is now the boat of choice for me, particularly for comfort in the cockpit. I learned the basic rolls in this boat, and of the 15 or so different sea kayaks that I have paddled (including several in the Current Designs, Nigel Dennis, and Nigel Foster lines, only the Romany's roll is easier for me. If you intend to evolve into traditional Greenland skills and paddles, you may find the back edge of the Currituck's cockpit too close for an easy lay-back (the Romany's are much better in this regard). I agree with most earlier comments regarding overall finish; all of the Impex boats that I have seen which were built within the past couple of years are of excellent quality - definitely not like older boats of that make that I have seen.
The worst conditions that I have driven the boat in were confused 6'+ seas in and out of Port Everglades and Haulover Inlets - a real rough 1/4 mile or so. Both the Montauk and Currituck are great in that kind of mess. I don't have a great feel for its relative speed, but the Currituck has held its own against more experienced paddlers in the longest QCC (albeit with a Greenland paddle) and the NDK Explorer (6" longer). The relatively soft chine feels better to me than, say, a hard chine Nigel Dennis Legend, and I feel good secondary stability all the way over - a high brace recovery from a full 90 degree is quick and easy. All of this relates to a moderate gear load - 30-40 pounds and growing - that I take with me whenever I go out.
The only boat that I have seen, on the water or in a shop, that I might prefer to the Currituck is the Romany Explorer - and then only because of its incremental rolling ability and the advantage it appears to provide traditional skills. The two boats have relatively the same look and line, but there is no contest with respect to finish and overall quality. The Explorer is heavier and feels sturdier as a result, but that would not be an issue until (if) I find myself in a situation that I should not have gotten into in the first place. The Currituck also excells in storage with its large oval fore and aft VCP hatches. The day hatch is readily accessible and easy to use from the cockpit. Don't buy a sea kayak without one.
The only bad feature was also covered in an earlier comment - a lot of virtually unusable space between the seat and the bulkhead - a great place to store unneeded seawater and little else. As the Impex boats catch on and the word about its quality gets out, the price will probably continue to creep up but it is still a bargain, and it appears that the dealers have the ability to work off list. Good luck.
06-03-2004Submitted by: greatmeadows
- Rating: 9 of 10 I have ordered a new Carbon/Kevlar Currituck. I spent the better part of 2 months going out and paddling any composite seakayak that I thought might meet my needs. After sitting in many cockpits and rejecting many which were either uncomfortable or had insufficient room for my size 11 feet, I wound up paddling upwards of 20 boats and settled on a short list of the following: WS Tempest 170 pro, P&H Quest, P&H Orion, and the Necky Chatham 16. All of these boats are wonderful in their own ways and if I were stuck with any one of them I wouldn't be unhappy. So why the Currituck? The answer may be how the Currituck contrasts with the above list of excellent boats: Currituck's stability can best be described as reassuring yet lively. The boat wants to edge very easily and yet doesn't leave you with the feeling that you're in a tippy boat. Because of this I felt that ease of turning and small radius turns could be accomplished more easily that all of the above mention boats save the Chatham. Additionally the forward speed was felt to be better only to be bested by the Quest, a longer boat with less rocker. Rocker on the Currituck was felt to be ideal: enough to keep the boat tracking when you wanted it to but not so much that the boat was more stodgy to turn as was the Quest. Combination of speed, tracking, maneuverability was what won me over the other boats. Most of the other reasons were personal and might not apply to a different paddler. By the way I'm a novice paddler, 5'10" and 175lbs.with the above mentioned big feet.
While the Chatham was my second choice, its extremely restrictive cockpit width ruled it out; only 15". Gravity allowed me to get in but was almost impossible to get out. Contrast this with the Tempest's very generous sized combing and outfitting that permits you to firm out your personal contact with the boat anyway you want. The Chatham also had superior outfitting but only if you first passed through a very (for me) tight threshold: the cockpit combing. The Orion was too wide for me and the Quest a little big and longer than I wanted as well. Since the Currituck is considered a Greenland style boat, it was no surprise that I also liked the Tempest and Chatham as well.
08-05-2003Submitted by: ---
- Rating: 10 of 10 I just purchased the Impex Montauk at Lake George. I first tried the Currituck and might admit the boat was faster and better handling. But I choose the Montauk with its lighter weight for putting on my high roof. Both boats have impressive features and quality.
08-04-2003Submitted by: wilsoj2
- Rating: 8 of 10 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.
06-17-2003Submitted by: ---
- Rating: 10 of 10 Great boat! Paddled one at work last week and was hooked. Not as fast as my Arctic Hawk but can turn better. This boat is very easy to edge even at very slow speeds, unlike my hawk. The thick skeg really kills speed, but operates smoothly. The seat is very comfortable. For any smaller, or younger paddler (im a fourteen year old male) this is a great boat. Especially for teaching which is what I will be using it for.
05-13-2003Submitted by: Katydid
- Rating: 10 of 10 I always assumed I would have to give up manuverability if I wanted better tracking. Not so with the Currituck - it tracks well yet turns on a dime! I like the fact that, unlike a rudder, you can adjust how much skeg to put down according to your tracking needs. The boat is eagerly responsive to leans and accelerates quickly. I'm not a particularly strong paddler but even I can make some speed in the Currituck. I tried the Montauk, but the longer Currituck was faster yet not too big for me (5'4", 140lbs). I LOVE this boat!
05-07-2003Submitted by: ---
- Rating: 10 of 10 After much research into my needs as a sea kayaker, I recently purchased a used, Kevlar Currituck. My needs were determined after a number of trips in heavy winds with predominantly male groups of kayakers. (I am an average-sized female.)
Primarily I needed a boat that tracked well in winds and required minimal effort to keep at cruising speed. I interpreted this to mean a longer, lower volume boat than what I had been paddling. I felt that the longest boat that I could store was 17', more or less.
I also wanted a boat with rubber hatch covers weighing no more than 50 lbs with a skeg. I paddled a few boats that seemed to fit these requirements.
The Currituck has not disappointed me. It has moderate primary and secondary stability. It tracks well enough without the skeg that I can devote most of my energy to forward motion, and with the skeg it tracks like a train. However, it is surprisingly maneuverable without having to put it very far up on edge.
It appears to cut through waves more easily than most other boats. When we hit rougher water, I quickly catch up to paddlers who were pulling away from me in the flatter stuff. The ride is smooth and feels secure.
The VCP hatches are dry, and I really appreciate the larger, oval front hatch. The seat is very comfortable for me, and the curved, padded thigh braces are properly located for someone my height (5'5" on the leggy side).
The only cons that I can find are: difficulty in paddling the boat backwards without turning, and a lot more wasted space between the seat and the bulkhead of the day hatch than I would like.
03-17-2003Submitted by: flatpick
- Rating: 9 of 10 I got a chance to paddle the Currituck yesterday on a very fast river, the Sandy, and then down the Columbia river, here in Oregon. Total mileage 15NM. 2 in swift water, 13 in flat with light current, no wind. I weight 185lbs and had my full day kit (15lbs)
The boat handled well. Very well balanced and predictable. Peel outs and eddy turns in swift current were spot on with the hull fully releasing. Edge control, again, was well balanced and predictable. I was able to surf some standing waves and the boat handled well. The full, loose bow gave a fairly dry ride when I was on the sweet spot on the wave. Of course when I fell off the wave it pearled and buried in the green water. In the flatwater the boat seemed to accelerate well and held it's glide quite nicely. When turning the boat flat, the hull had a very predictable YAW pattern and the yaw was easily stopped or left to keep tuning. Very nice. Edged the boat spun around quickly. In a bit of very light (3-5 knot) wind the boat weathercocked a bit, as expected, but was easily countered with boat tilt and sweep. The skeg really stopped the WC desires at a bit of loss in glide. The skeg is 3/8” thick plastic.
The cockpit is comfortable and well appointed, tho I wish the coaming was 1-2” longer. I couldn’t quite raise one leg without lifting my butt. Knee braces were padded tho not much to grab on to. The backstrap is very nice and fully adjustable. The deck rigging is adequate tho could use a few more fittings/ bungies for forward spare paddle placement. Bungie and perimeter lines were poorly tentioned. Perimeters were too tight and bungies too loose. Go figure. Grab handles were comfy for the carry but would be a PITA in a gnarly swim. Seemed to have enough volume and stowage for an expedition load for someone around 150 lbs. I would be pushing it with a full load.
All in all, a very nice boat, especially for the value.
01-13-2003Submitted by: fgreenva
- Rating: 10 of 10 This is a great boat for an intermediate paddler or above. It rolls like a dream, tracks fairly well (great with skeg) and handles rough water well. The plastic lid hatch covers work far better than the types used in other, earlier Impex boats. Hathes stay dry after many rolls and hours in rough water. While it's a quick boat, it also turns fairly easily.
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