Representing the future of sea kayaks, the TARAN is a revolutionary design with a world-class resume.

The Taran brings a radical new look to the world of sea kayaking; it is fast and sleek and has friendly handling characteristics that will appeal to fitness and distance paddlers alike.

Hull: Length: 18 feet 0 inches (5.5 m) – Width: 20.5 inches (0.52 m) – Volume: 101.2 gallons (383 liters)

Cockpit: Inside: 30.5″ x 16″ (77.40 x 40.70cm) – Outside: 33.75″ x 19″ (85.70 x 48.10cm)

Designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler, the Taran steps away from the traditional British sea kayak model to yield a high performance craft with surprising levels of maneuverability and stability. The Taran can maintain 5.0 kts, yet it is a user friendly, practical, day-to-day kayak. The handling is good enough to tuck in close to rocks and cliffs, stable enough for photos, and confident enough for open water crossings. The Taran is fast but has an easy and predictable handling in even the most demanding conditions. While the form is streamlined and sleek, it actually represents the largest volume of the Rockpool fleet (383 liters). This unexpected feature affords easy and ample storage for weeklong camping trips or multi-week expeditions.

Innovative Design

A fast touring kayak that incorporates a plumb bow, a peaked foredeck and a flattened hull.

World Record Holder

Ireland Circumnavigation, United Kingdom Circumnavigation, Isle of Anglesey Circumnavigation, Isle of Mann Circumnavigation, Isle of Mull circumnavigation Irish Sea Crossing, and the North Channel Crossing.

Long Waterline Length

With a plumb bow and stern, the Taran provides exceptional hull speed by using every inch of its eighteen-foot length.

SmartTrack Rudder and Toe Pilot Controls

The patented SmartTrack control system combines nautical science, high-tech materials, and ergonomic design to produce precise, efficient, and comfortable steering.

The cockpit is a roomy and comfortable 145 liters with a fixed performance seat available in two sizes (medium large and extra large). Both are manufactured in glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) or carbon layup. The seat is easily customizable and simple to padout. The cockpit rim is available in gel-coated fiberglass or clear-coated carbon.  The thigh braces are tuned for solid control without being a hindrance or uncomfortable.

The high volume 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 Taran kayaks are fitted with the SmartTrack rudder system, enhancing the handling and giving easy and precise heading changes. Without the rudder deployed, the Taran responds positively to a slight edge.

The hull section begins with a deep V at the bow and blends into a tapered and flattened U-section for the center before 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.

The high front deck is designed to stay above the waves and to quickly shed any water that does make it over the bow. The large front compartment is accessed via a round hatch. Forward  of the cockpit is a small day hatch that allows for storage of small essentials. The rear compartment is fitted with a large oval hatch. Installation of a day hatch just behind the cockpit is an available option for the Taran. Standard items include a security locking point that is located at the rear of the cockpit, internally tethered Kajaksport hatches, and Rockpool flat-tab, recessed deck fittings.

Standard Layup: $4460.00

Weight: 57lb

Hand-laid construction
Polyester resin matrix
Fiberglass cloth hull
Chopped strand mat deck

The standard layup gives a robust and hard-wearing kayak at the lowest cost.

Premier Layup: $6100.00

Weight: 44lb

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 as well as a significantly increased hull speed.

Carbon fiber coaming | $160

Carbon fiber seat | $160

Gel coated Kevlar front crash guard | $85

Gel coated Kevlar rear crash guard | $75

Reinforcements for sail kit | $150

Custom bulkhead location | $140

Extra Deck/Hull Color (per color) | $140

3-Piece Construction | $1200

The kayaks shown below are samples of Rockpool’s unique colorways, custom graphics, and metal flake options.