The ISEL is a high performance sea kayak for smaller sized paddlers. The hull has increased volume in the nose for a dry ride out through surf and an enhanced tail section to give smooth ride characteristics when climbing over steep waves (and a good pick-up when surfing!) The overall length has been shortened slightly to make off the water storage and handling a little easier too. The waterline length however remains, in order to maintain a nice turn of speed. When held flat the hull tracks in a straight line even when coasting, and has been balanced by a combination of volume distribution and shape to give neutral directional stability in most wind conditions. Even though the ISEL is a smaller boat it retains enough volume and shape in the bow and stern to shed water in the roughest conditions, giving a smooth, dry ride.
The hull section changes character, from a Vee at the entry point of the bow, rounded through the front section, soft chined under the cockpit, rounded again under the stern hatch to a defined keel section at the stern. The rounded sections of the hull give a cushioning effect in waves while the chined section aids surfing and maximizes top speed in downwind situations. In testing we have been pleased with the ease of wave catching and the high top speed when surfing. The square sides above the chined section combined with the width gives high secondary stability when the ISEL is edged or leaned. The chines also assist turning when the boat is placed on edge. Towards the limit of edging the ISEL firms up and remains a stable and predictable platform. The hull volume distribution progressively disengages the stern during edging, making the kayak easily maneuverable as the stern keel raises to the surface, releasing its grip and aiding turning.
Hull: Length: 16 feet 10 inches (5.13m) - Width: 21 inches (0.53m) – Volume: 276 litres