Delta Kayaks 17 Kayak w/ Rudder Review
The Delta 17 kayak (rudder) is the most efficient craft in Delta Kayaks ‘performance touring’ series that includes the smaller 15s and 16 models. Similar to all Delta Kayaks the 17 fits a very wide range of medium to larger paddler weights (170 lbs – 250 lbs) and satisfies beginners with aspirations to those with intermediate to advanced skills.
The Delta 17 kayak comes equipped with the new Contoured Seat System. This seat provides simple adjustability (4 inches) forward and aft both on and off the water to optimize paddler contact points to give you the right fit every time! The contour seat system includes additional padding for even more comfort out on the water!
Delta’s padded thigh braces provide further contact points to improve bracing and control. Finally, adding a Delta ‘Hip Pad Fit Kit’, which attaches to the seat posts on either side, totally customizes your fit. Easy adjust Seadog foot pedals offer a flexible fit for long-legged and short-legged paddlers alike.
Kayak Efficiency & Maneuverability
Delta Kayaks 15s, 16 and 17 models incorporate virtually the same shallow vee hull design. However, the Delta 17 kayak offers more efficient hull speed due to its longer waterline length, or ‘longer footprint on the water’. A Sharp bow cuts the water effectively, which further translates into quick acceleration and a good cruising speed with minimal effort.
Tracking (the ability to paddle straight) was very good without the skeg being deployed, however deploying the skeg will improve tracking even further but there is a slight sacrifice to speed and maneuverability. The craft sits solidly on its defined sides to edge beautifully to achieve a higher degree of maneuverability. This is confidence inspiring to novice paddlers as it will better enable them to refine their skills more easily, while more advanced paddlers will enjoy the playful side of the Delta 17 kayak.
A shallow vee hull, moderate rocker, soft chines with definition, and control-fitting cockpit combine to provide a ‘high’ degree of initial stability. Secondary stability is also rated as ‘high’ due to the defined sides of the kayak – getting the Delta 17 kayak on edge has never been easier and you’ll look like a pro doing it.
Kayak Roll & Rescue
The slightly higher deck height of the Delta 17 kayak enables larger paddlers to easily exit the cockpit after an upset. A flat rear deck provides a great platform for self-rescues and reentries, and with the new lower profiled back deck, rolling is more fluid!
Well placed curved bulkheads maximize strength and storage space, while minimizing the amount of water coming in into the cockpit area. Perfectly placed thigh braces combine with a seat that easily adjusts forward or aft to provide the quality fit required to successfully ‘hip-flick’ and roll the kayak back upright. The Delta 17 rolls like a dream.
Note: For a more effortless solo re-entry we recommend having our expert staff install Quick Release Self Rescue Straps ($69.95 upgrade that includes installation)
“Delta Kayaks 17 is the most efficient craft in their line of Performance Kayaks. It’s rare combination of sophisticated good looks, lightweight Canadian construction, rugged durability and affordable price makes this purchasing decision easy eh!”
Hatches: The Delta 17 kayak with rudder uses 3 thermoform Press-Lock Hatches & Covers to create virtually watertight gasket type seal. These hatches offer immense storage dry storage – “this boat literally eats gear!”
Bow: oval 17″ x 11.75” / 43 x 30 cm
Stern: oval 20.75”x 15.5” / 53 x 39 cm
Day Pod: round 8” / 20cm x 8″ / 20 cm. 2 thermoform curved bulkheads maximize storage, strength and add positive buoyancy.
Outfitting: The Contoured Seat System provides simple adjustability (4 inches) forward and aft. The padded seat pan is self-draining and the padded backrest adjusts up and down instantly. Other features include:
- SeaDog 'gas pedal style' Rudder System- vastly superior to sliding rudder systems
- Reflective perimeter safety lines, which are tied into the retractable carrying handles to eliminate loose deck rigging and cluttered lines
- Proudly 100% Canadian made (Maple Ridge B.C.) using computer-assisted designs and a superior patented acrylic Solar*Kote Thermoform capstock which is virtually indestructible and UV protected
- The Delta 17 is also available with a 'KINK Free' Retractable Skeg System as opposed to the SeaDog Rudder
- Ask us to custom install Delta's- 'Hip Pad Fit Kit' @ $69.95. Installation is FREE to improve your edging & turns
- Frontenac Outfitters is the World’s Largest Delta Kayaks Dealer
- The Delta 17 kayak with rudder come with a 3- Year Limited Warranty against defective materials or workmanship to the original owner
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