If you want efficiency and speed in an expedition touring kayak the Nomad is for you. The long slender waterline of the Nomad makes an extremely efficient hull and gives you a super fast open water boat. Very versatile, it slices through waves with ease, maneuvers beautifully, and allows the paddler to handle adverse conditions with confidence. This seaworthy design can handle expeditions, extended tours, or day trips in all conditions. Available in an optional High Volume (HV) model which adds 3/4" in depth allowing for a roomier cockpit.
Excellent boat. Purchased it new in 2014 and have been very happy with the performance.
The smart rudder option should be the standard option and the base price raised to accommodate a toe steer rudder. But you won't need to use a rudder most of the time- this boat tracks beautifully. The base rudder works OK.
The standard seat back is not very comfortable for longer paddles. The optional adjustable seatback works WONDERFULLY and the spray skirt fits over the seatback when raised above the back of the cockpit. Well worth the small extra cost for the improvement in paddling comfort. Note to CD- put the adjustable seatback on all your North American boats.
My boat is the Kevlar high volume model. HV makes entry and exit easier (I'm 62 years old, 5'10" and weigh 190) and creates more wiggle room for my legs on longer paddles.
Fit and finish is excellent. Straight line speed is rewarding- a 12-14 mile flat water paddle is within easy reach on an afternoon paddle with modest paddling effort. I use a Werner bent shaft Kaliste paddle.
In short, this boat replaced my CD Oracle and is a nice step up for hauling more weight.