Tarantella - premier layup

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  • Regular price $6,100.00


We don't currently have any Tarantella in stock.  You can special order your Tarantella kayak with custom graphic placement for same price as purchasing a similar build in-stock Tarantella kayak. Contact us, sales@pnwkayaks.com, for exact details.

The future of low-volume, high-performance touring kayaks

Developed in response to popular demand, the Tarantella is designed specifically for smaller and lighter paddlers. It features the same distinctive bow, long waterline, and flat hull making it a fast, dry kayak to paddle both up and down-wind. Combining speed with maneuverability, the Tarantella is a performance driven design that will suit the smaller framed paddler looking for a fast, stable, and responsive kayak. Similar to the Taran 16, the Tarantella performs perfectly when loaded with gear but also makes an exceptional training boat; one that is just as much at home on choppy seas as it is on flat water.

The high peaked bow gives a dry ride and punches through rough conditions. The flattened U-shaped center section ensures the fast hull is not compromised in terms of stability or maneuverability. All Tarantella  kayaks are fitted with the SmartTrack rudder system, enhancing the handling and giving easy and precise heading changes. Without the rudder deployed, the Tarantella responds positively to a slight edge.

The hull section begins with a deep V at the bow, blending into a tapered and flattened U-section for the center, and fading back to a buoyant V section for the stern. A combination of rocker and deadwood shaping gives good maneuverability and positive reaction to steering and edging. The stern is blended smoothly to give low drag whilst maintaining plenty of volume for enhanced handling in following seas. The hull was designed to enhance downwind performance while minimizing the tendency to broach.

Three primary hatches and a fourth pocket hatch come standard. The fore and aft hatches are are roomy and offer a generous 50 gallons of combined storage. An eight inch circular day hatch provides easy access to frequently needed items while the forward pocket hatch serves the same needs for smaller on-water necessities.  The rear deck utilizes an oval hatch that can easily accommodate larger pieces of gear. With the absence of a skeg box inside the stern compartment, the storage area provided is considerable.

Standard features include internally tethered Kajaksport hatches, Rockpool flat-tab, flush mounted deck fittings and deck rigging for split paddle storage. The bow has a toggle setup while the stern provides a heavy-duty grab handle located forward of the rudder system.

Premier Layup: 

Weight: 42lb

Vacuum bag construction
Epoxy resin
Carbon/Kevlar fabric
Spheretex flush-laid reinforcing keel and ribs

The Premier layup provides the greatest amount of weight reduction.  This construction provides an ease of handling on and off the water.

Let's go for a test paddle! 

We don't have any demo Tarantellas is stock, but you can go out for a test paddle in a Taran 18.  To schedule a test paddle contact matt@pnwkayaks.com.