The hull is closely based on that of the Alaw and as such retains the same superior handling characteristics. The Alaw Bach hull provides good forward speed due to its 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 Bach is designed to have neutral directional stability in most wind conditions and requires minimal use of the signature kink-less skeg assembly. 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 Bach accelerates, 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 tilted, 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 Bach has a comfortable seating position that is built around a moderately elevated knee position.This aligns the legs and feet into a very comfortable paddling position. The thigh brace location allows for enhanced paddling techniques as it brings the leg muscles well into play and encourages greater torso rotation. The thoughtful design of the cockpit allows for stronger and more efficient paddling strokes.
The Alaw Bach is fitted with the signature Rockpool adjustable plate footplate. Angled slightly away from the paddler, this plate affords a wide range of neutral ankle positions. The lower cockpit rim gives a better range of motion to the medium-sized paddler and aids in effortless back deck rolls and balance braces. This, paired with an adjustable saddle and backband, affords the paddler a unique cockpit that can be customized for a more efficient paddling posture.
The combination of padded backrest and molded GRP adjustable seats make the Alaw Bach 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.