The hull configuration gives high forward speed due to its long waterline length. It maintains a high level of directional stability when moving while the flatter center section and chined sections provide increased maneuverability and allow for tighter turns. The rounded sections of the hull give a cushioning effect in waves while the chined section aids in surfing and maximizes top speed in downwind situations.
The Alaw is designed to have neutral directional stability in most wind conditions and requires minimal use of the signature tensioned skeg. The bow has a well-designed shape and volume to maintain a dry ride through the choppiest of conditions. The forward buoyancy is nicely balanced with a pronounced stern to give a gentle ride over large, steep waves and allow for big wave surfing without burying the nose. The Alaw accelerates into, catches, and holds waves with ease. It is adept at top-turns and incredibly forgiving in rough conditions.
The fullness of the center section gives confident and predictable edging with a high level of stability. As the boat is leaned, the stern progressively lifts from the water making the turn quicker and easier to perform. This, combined with the firm chines, results in a smooth and fast turning boat.
The Alaw has a unique and distinctive deck shape, which sets it apart from other sea kayaks. This was designed primarily to improve cockpit ergonomics. The comfortable seating position is built around an elevated knee position that aligns the legs and feet in a comfortable paddling position. This stance also allows for better paddling technique, bringing the legs further into play and encourages the paddler to rotate more to give a stronger, more efficient paddling stroke.
The Alaw is fitted with the signature Rockpool adjustable plate footplate. Angled slightly away from the paddler, this plate affords for a wide range of neutral ankle positions while allowing the paddler to fine tune their preferred leg configuration. The lower cockpit rim gives a more snug fit for the medium to large sized paddler and provides excellent feedback, and precise handling. This, paired with an adjustable saddle and backband, affords the paddler a unique and customizable cockpit for a more efficient paddling posture.
The combination of padded backrest and molded GRP adjustable seats make the Alaw an ideal kayak for extended use. Both the adjustable seat and footplate are mounted on internally glassed-in hardware. The lack of drilled holes relieves the cockpit rim and deck of unnecessary stress and provides a variable seat position. The foam hip pads, located within neoprene pockets, may be foam shimmed to fine tune a paddler’s hip connection. The backrest integrates with the seat to prevent it from collapsing while re-entering. All flat-tab deck line fittings are set flush to present a streamlined look and to make rescue drills more fluid. Internally tethered Kajaksport hatch covers come standard.