Delta 18.5 Expedition

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Just returned from an 18 day…

Submitted by: paddler2870843 on 5/17/2024

Just returned from an 18 day , 410 km paddle across Bass Strait between mainland Australia and Tasmania. One of the world’s potential roughest crossing, one day of 70 kms open ocean to next island. Plenty of serious waves & rebound, however this Delta is a superb kayak for these conditions & can carry more than enough gear for an unsupported trip of this duration. Comfort for 12 hours in the kayak absolutely fine, hatches completely watertight, able to cruise at a high speed. A confidence inspiring boat, shouldn’t have been discontinued.


Beautifully made , quality…

Submitted by: paddler2870843 on 5/17/2024

Beautifully made , quality finish, very comfortable. Exceptionally capable in extreme rough water and can carry heaps of gear for big expeditions.
Tracks really well, whether running with wave & winds, cross & head winds. Minimal rudder input required and responds well to both edging and leaning .

Probably suits paddlers over 170lbs and 5’ 8” due to its size, however is surprisingly nimble & responsive.

Unfortunately no longer made, if you have one,that’s your good fortune, if one comes up for sale, you won’t buy a better expedition kayak.


You never know what you've…

Submitted by: BigandSmall on 3/31/2020
You never know what you've got until it's gone. It's a shame that this one got discontinued. I sold mine to a friend who is 6'5 and 275, not a of of options out there for the really big guys. The best part about this boat is the carrying capacity. Not only are the hatch openings water tight, they are huge. Bring that extra wide Therma rest base camp model, it'll fit. Wedging stuff into tiny day hatches and forcing sticky dry bags under a low deck aren't a problem here. The extra foot room at the front and the way the hull steps up at the back provide ample room for the tent and the lawn chair. If you're not super tall there's room in front of your feet for the water cube. The rudder is a great design, nice and stiff. If you hit anything it just kicks up. Also the thermoformed hull can really take a beating. Surprising light for it's size. Sharp rocks will gouge it but round ones just bounce. I tested that plenty river camping. The seat is also very good in this boat. I had many long days in it and found it very comfortable. Another nice feature of this model is that it fits a wide range of paddlers. Even though it's designed to be the ultimate camping boat I had a lot of beginners in it day paddling down to 150lbs and they did fine with the rudder. No it's not a good boat for a small person but it works well as beginner loaner to take people out if if your day boat isn't as stable as this one. Hopefully Delta considers an update or custom orders for it. As much as I love my Scorpio HV for day paddling and overnighters I miss the load carrying speed of the Delta 18.5 on the longer trips. So if you're 6'6 and 350lbs looking for a day boat or 200lbs looking for a camping boat and don't want to skimp on the gear put this on your short list of boats to try.

I have a Delta 15.5 and was…

Submitted by: paddler233878 on 12/3/2010
I have a Delta 15.5 and was so impressed with it that I wanted to add to my already oversized fleet. I wanted another sea kayak but was leary to go with a thermoformed boat. The 18.5's hull is not designed like the 15.5 so I tried it. WOW!! I was totally impressed with the pick up speed, cruise speed, stability, edge turns, and overall handling. Just like all their other kayaks, Delta has again outdone the thermoformed market.

I ended up selling off two of my composite sea kayaks and I'll keep my Delta forever. It certainly carries more volume than my other kayaks, and it sure looks good too. I've had my boat now for about two years and I use it when I want to do long trips and open water crossings as I feel VERY safe and secure in it. While the length is something to consider, the way it floats over the water and moves from wave crest to wave crest is a plus so I don't mind its length.

It certainly gets noticed on the water too. Definitely turns heads and when I get to shore, people always ask to check my boat out.

I did look at another brand which was themoformed and 18.5 also, but after seeing its construction and structural supports versus the Delta, there was no comparison. Delta is definitely the leader when it comes to thermoformed quality and design.

I strongly recommend this boat with a 10 out of 10 rating.

Delta 18.5 Expedition