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    Currituck Description

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    Currituck Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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    I have had an interesting…

    Submitted by: paddler237028 on 8/11/2016

    I have had an interesting history with this skegged kayak. I had owned one 7 years ago then sold it (without a lot of thought) to buy the ruddered Nimbus Telkwa Sport. After a couple years with the Telkwa Sport, I realized I missed the maneuverability and over all feel of the Currituck. I am not knocking the Telkwa because I had owned the regular Telkwa previous and thought that when I tested the Sport it was a lot livelier. Maybe it is just a bit more fun (sporty) & tighter fit for my size than the regular Telkwa but it is not really that much different. The Telkwa is still a great kayak but that is another story so now back to the kayak that I wished I hadn\\'t sold. I kept my eye open for a used one for a few years because I had heard that they were no longer manufacturing the Impex kayaks or Scott and Blue Water Canoes. I got lucky this winter and a used one came up at a decent price. I am only paddling the Currituck these days so now I am now selling my other two kayaks.

    Any one want to buy two great & highly rated kayaks (the Telkwa Sport & a Valley Nordkapp). I just need to get down to one kayak because I have owned too many kayaks through the years. It is now 27 & of course paddled so many that I have almost forgotten some. I guess have finally found mecca. I have read the many reviews on this kayak but have only talked to few owners through the years. None the less we all seem to agree that this is a fantastic kayak to help your learning curve on the skills of the sport and it is such a good roller. Lets not forget the pleasures & thrills as well. There seem to be a few more Assateagues out there (which I have also paddled) which is the bigger brother of the Currituck. I prefer the Currituck for my 5 ft. 10 in., 165 lbs & size ten feet. I am a fit 54 years of age and at the advanced skill level. In other words I have done a lot of paddling but so have the many others I have paddled with and exchanged knowledge & opinions with. I do not need to repeat the many positive comments and technical specs already mentioned on the Currituck. There is always a trade off on the pros and cons of choosing one specific kayak over another for yourself. It has to work with your body type & size, skill level and your focus on the type of kayaking you are into. All I can say is that after the many paddlefests I have attended and the many kayaks I have owned, this is the perfect kayak for me. It is good to hear that these kayaks and canoes are back into production. You bet that this kayak deserves a nine. What the heck, I am biased so lets give it a ten.


    I would like to thank…

    Submitted by: paddler235299 on 8/31/2015
    I would like to thank for having this site available to the general public and helping me make decisions when purchasing the many kayaks I have owned. I bought a new Impex Currituck last summer after learning of the liquidation sale after Mid Canada Fiberglass had gone into receivership. I had previously done some research on a few of their kayaks. I did more extensive research when I decided I was going to possibly purchase one of their kayaks. I originally went down to look at an Impex Force 4 or possibly an Assateague but came back with something different. There were a lot of different new and glossy kayaks that were greatly reduced in price. If you can imagine I was like a kid in a Candy Shop. This was on a clearance floor in Vancouver so you could not try these kayaks out before buying them unless you were going to a kayak rental that carried the Impex line. It was getting close to decision time as I sat in an Assateague, Outer Island, Montauk, Susquhanas, Force 5 and Force 3.

    Impex was originally called Formula and there were a few of these older manufactured products, like the Cadance on the floor that must not of sold during the recession. This company was one of the largest canoe and kayak companies in Canada. Well the funny thing is they were sold out of the Force Catagory 4. The Force 3 and Force 5 were not as good a fit. These boats are also trackers and while I was on the floor looking over their fleet I decided I no longer needed a tracker. I thought the bigger brother to the Currituck, the Assateague, was maybe just a tad too big for me. In the end I came back with a Currituck and now a hundred days paddling I have no regrets. Let's say I am an experienced kayaker but after twenty some years I have less strength than in my youth. Lifting and handling a heavy kayak is going to be a thing of the past. Without buying Kevlar the Currituck was the maximum weight I feel like handling. It is a couple pounds lighter than the 55 lbs in the specs.

    In my younger days I owned a lot of kayaks. That taught me to be patient when adjusting to a new kayak. The 17 ft. long and 21 in. wide Currituck is somewhere between the popular NDK Romany and Explorer. When I first paddled the Currituck I would have said it has less stability than those two kayaks but after a hundred days paddling I don't think so. It is a very seaworthy kayak with the wind and waves coming from nearly any direction. It has good comparative speed to most of the narrow rockered British Greenland kayaks that the design is based on. I no longer need the low back band seats because I am now more interested in touring and rock gardens than having the low back band for rolling sessions. I am good at re-designing the seat for that purpose and just add a little higher and solid support. That is really my only gripe if you call that a gripe. Some reviewer mentioned rust on the (snowboard binding) ratchet fasteners for the back band. The salt and moisture has done nothing to mine so far.

    The kayak has pretty low profile but the cockpit is still comfortable and not hard to get in and out of for a medium size guy, 170 lbs and size ten feet. That means there is no extreme sticking up to catch the wind which is another reason why I bought it.

    I would say the primary and secondary stability are definitely good. If I had written this review after the first day of paddling I would have said the opposite. It is easy to get on edge to turn but for the less experienced it actually turns with just a wide paddle sweep because of the rocker. There is a heavy gauge cable on the push/pull skeg leaver so no chance of buckling. I only use the skeg if I have beam to quarter stern wind. Here is some advice if you are new to a skeg. Drill a 3/16th. in. hole through the bottom of the fin and attach a piece of strong nylon string. Your partner kayaker can grab onto it and pull down if gravel jams it. This kayak is a good surfer.

    My shipwright background has allowed me to know and work with glass, kevlar and epoxy. I would say the glass layup work and finish are excellent and the product is lighter than most of the British equivalent size kayaks. As we know Mid-Canada-Fiberglass, the makers of Impex Kayaks, Scott and Bluewater Canoes have been out of business for the last couple years. I had recently learned that Abitibi & Co are re- launching the Impex Kayak, Scott and Bluewater Canoe brands. Abitibi & Co are based out of Rouyn-Noranda, in Northwestern Quebec. To help keep the solid reputation of these brands they have hired Brigitte Charland, the quality control and mold specialist for Mid-Canada-Fiberglass for the last twenty five years. If they can continue on the quality of the brand and produce a kayak like the Impex Currituck I own I would highly recommend the product.


    I picked up this used…

    Submitted by: paddler235398 on 4/6/2015
    I picked up this used Currituck in December, but in new shape. The weather was mild on the Pacific this year so I got more kayaking in than skiing. This is a skeg glass kayak, 17' by 21" and is good for a medium built person like myself. I am 5' 10", 160# with size 10 feet. I would modestly say I am somewhere between intermediate to advanced in my experience.

    I wouldn't call this a novice boat but it is very stable in it's secondary. I had the jitters the first time surfing it on the west coast but I was obviously not tuned in to the kayak and I am not a great surfer. I found I did better by putting a little weight behind me in the day hatch. No other complaints. It handles rough water from most angles & confused seas as well as any kayak I have owned. Most of those kayaks were one inch to three inches wider on the beam. Even though there is good rocker and maneuverability on this kayak it still carries good speed.

    I did weigh the boat because I never trust the manufacturers specs. I like the 53 lb. weight of this boat. For that reason I think I will use it more than my other two boats because it is so easy to load and unload. I like the finish and details and it is very British with the Valley water tight hatches. There is good adjustment on the ratchet back band and mine does not seem to have the rust problems that were mentioned by others in the previous reviews. The skeg is easy to adjust and starts to function at under half the range of adjustment. I have no problem swinging around and accessing the day hatch. I have had a lot of positive comments on the aesthetics of this kayak which I can only agree to.

    I will mention some of the boats I have owned or tested that are similar. I tested my neighbour's NDK Romany and he has tested my Currituck. We both agreed on the similarities. It is probably the closest comparison though the Currituck is slightly longer. The other two boats I tested that are also very close in handling and design are the Valley Advocet and P & H Capella. I owned a P&H Delphin that was over a foot shorter but some what similar and I also regretted selling.

    I really believe the Currituck is a good kayak for an intermediate to advanced kayaker that want to improve their skill level. I give it top marks in all categories if you like the British style boats.


    A couple of buddies and I…

    Submitted by: paddler235360 on 11/13/2014
    A couple of buddies and I ended up buying 3 new Impex kayaks for a pretty good discount at a kayak clear-out sale. The 3 of us had whittled it down to the Force 5, Assateague or Currituck. I had a hard time deciding between the Force 5 and Currituck but if there was a Force 4 available I might have bought it. Instead my buddy and I came back with 2 Curritucks and the other buddy bought a Force 5. Since then we have traded kayaks to compare and I do like the Force 5. I think for long distance and a wee bit more speed it would be a good choice.

    In the end we are happy with the Curritucks for their maneuverability and sporty feel. The three of us got away on a four day ocean trip and surprisingly the Curritucks were able to keep up with the Force 5. I think when the Force 5 was 'peddle to the metal' he had us for a short distance but it never took long to catch up. We did much better in the tighter rock gardens. Both kayaks seem to surf OK but my buddys kayak the surf better than I do. Because I am not as daring and still getting the feel of the Currituck I had some moments of confidence and some moments of nerves. When I first got into big ocean swells I felt the kayak or probably myself a little nervous. Now I have had a good 4 months in the Currituck and feel a lot more confident (and competent).

    We have all owned and tested numerous kayaks through the years and did a fair amount of research into the Impex models before purchasing them. No matter what you paid a deal is not a deal if you're not happy with the product. Both my buddys and I feel these seaworthy kayaks are at the top of their class in their construction, detail and design for the price whether you get a deal or not.


    I bought the fiberglass Impex…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/30/2014
    I bought the fiberglass Impex Currituck, brand new 8 months ago. I do a lot of paddling and have close to a 1000 miles on it. I will not give you the catalog of specs because they have been mentioned in other reviews. All I can say is from my 20 years of kayaking it is well built and designed for both strength to weight ratio and also in detail.

    I have owned over twenty kayaks. The following kayaks mentioned are just a few I have owned. These are the rudder kayaks; Prijon Kodiak, Nimbus Telkwa, Seaward Quest & CD Extreme. These are the skeg kayaks; North Sea Shoreline, Valley Nordkapp, Valley Skerray, & Tahe Greenland T. I just need to list these because the others I owned are of similar design. This gives you an idea to what I am comparing this kayak to.

    I had also tested the Currituck's big brother, the Assateague. The cockpit was a bit big for me. I am 5'11", 167 lbs. with size 11 feet. The Assateague is slower and not as lively but has a little more initial stability. It is also more susceptible to wind cocking than the Currituck. I found the Currituck more sporty and was up to speed faster with less effort.

    The Currituck has a balance between maneuverability and speed in it's rocker. It is very close to the British/Greenland designed kayaks that I have owned. The lower back deck helps the back roll but that is not priority on the design. At 17 ft. by 21 in. it has sufficient cargo space with it's 'Valley' hatches to easily do a week of touring. The soft chine, shallow V hull likes to sit to one side or the other in calm water. Some people call this twitchy if they're used to a flatter hull design. I got used to it and don't notice it anymore. In rough water the twitch disappears.

    The bow lifts nicely going into waves (dry ride) and also handles the ocean on the beam nicely. It handles going with the sea directly on the stern or slightly quartered but there is always an angle on the quarter you have to know about. Bracing and steering is always necessary when surfing waves which only improves your skill set which get's us to the next point. This is a kayak that will teach you skills. You have to pay attention to technique and shouldn't dose off like you can in some kayaks.

    All the same this kayak is not overly nervous and is a very seaworthy design. The secondary stability is high and it was easy to learn where the line of no return is. This allows for good edging. It is a lower profile kayak and is not affected by wind as much as some other kayaks; in other words the wind cocking is slight but not an issue. As in most British/Greenland designs, the skeg will correct this in strong winds.

    Contrary to other reviews I like the angled bulkhead behind the seat. I have found it so easy to dump water when self rescuing. I found a cowboy mount easier to do on this kayak. Seats & back bands have always been an issue with me. Before buying the kayak I read the mixed reviews. The back band is well padded and has an easy ratchet adjustment. All I have added is some dense foam against the back band, a personal issue for me on longer tours.

    This kayak comes out very balanced in design as to versatility and behaviour. That is why I purchased it. I can say now 8 months later that it is exactly what I was looking for. That is why I give it a 10 (for whatever that is worth). I hope this review was helpful for those looking at purchasing an Impex Currituck.


    I have owned the fiberglass…

    Submitted by: paddler234641 on 7/6/2012
    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.


    I have been paddling Kayaks…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/12/2011
    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.

    I bought the Impex to replace…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/9/2011
    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 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 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 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)


    I've had my Currituck for…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/3/2009
    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.

    Good points:
    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.

    Bad points:
    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.


    I can't write a proper review…

    Submitted by: jbruce on 6/27/2008
    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.
    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


    I currently have a 2006…

    Submitted by: paddler232246 on 8/10/2007
    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.

    I bought my currituck in late…

    Submitted by: peapod on 7/25/2006
    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.


    I have now had my…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/27/2006
    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.


    This is a preliminary report…

    Submitted by: paddler230889 on 11/27/2004
    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.


    I'm fortunate to have two…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/24/2004
    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.


    I have ordered a new…

    Submitted by: greatmeadows on 6/3/2004
    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.


    I just purchased the Impex…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/5/2003
    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.

    I paddled a Currituck on Lake…

    Submitted by: wilsoj2 on 8/4/2003
    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.


    Great boat! Paddled one at…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/17/2003
    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.

    I always assumed I would have…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/13/2003
    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!

    After much research into my…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/7/2003
    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.


    I got a chance to paddle the…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/17/2003
    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.


    This is a great boat for an…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/13/2003
    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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