Hull: With a focus on increased rocker and waterline length, the Bach Eto yields an impressive pairing of maneuverability and speed. The vee hull shape maintains solid directional stability while the flatter center and firm chines gives the paddler exceptional boat handling in confined spaces. The Eto is designed to have a neutral directional stability in most wind conditions and requires minimal use of the skeg.
The nose has been shaped with the fullness needed to maintain a buoyant ride through choppy conditions. The volume in the bow is nicely balanced with an equivalent volume in the stern. In concert, the two provide a gentle ride over large, steep swells, allowing the Bach Eto to accelerate nicely when catching a wave, and resist a buried nose while surfing. The hull shape makes for an excellent play boat that is incredibly forgiving when catching, riding, and peeling out of waves.
The fullness of the center section gives confident, predictable edging with a high level of stability. As the boat is tilted on edge, the stern progressively lifts from the water making the turn tighter and easier to perform. This combined with the firm chine facets yields a smooth, stable, and fast turning sea kayak.
Deck: The cockpit rim is keyhole-shaped with integrated thigh braces. A small hatch is located in front of the cockpit with a surprising amount of volume and utility. Adjacent to this hatch, a stainless-steel attachment point has been cast into the deck. This new feature allows for the attachment of a short tow line, a paddle park, or a secure locking point.
The Bach Eto has a well-appointed seat and backband that is built around a moderately elevated knee position. The improved geometry promotes a more comfortable alignment of the legs and feet. The configuration brings the legs further into play and promotes a more efficient, full-body paddling position.
The Bach Eto is fitted with the signature Rockpool adjustable footplate and adjustable seat pan. Angled slightly away from the paddler, the footplate affords a neutral ankle position while allowing the paddler to fine tune leg and foot configuration. The backband is integral to the adjustable seat pan and is designed to maintain an upright position. The removable fiberglass hip shims allow for customizable seat pan width. This paired with a padded adjustable backband, optional peel-and-stick foam padding for the seat, hips, and thighs, provide the paddler with a range of options to create a custom fitted and more comfortable cockpit.
An optimized deck line arrangement allows for forward or rear storage of split paddles. All flat-tab deck line fittings are set flush to present a streamlined look and to make rescue drills more fluid. Kajaksport hatch covers with internal tethers come standard in all Rockpool Kayaks.