The cockpit has a responsive fit due in part to the performance seat, which comes standard and is available in a glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) or a carbon layup. As with the Taran, the Tarantella seat is easily customizable and simple-to-pad-out. The cockpit rim is also available in gel-coated fiberglass or clear-coated carbon. The thigh grips are tuned for good control without being a hindrance or uncomfortable.
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.
The primary hatches, two of them, are roomy and offer a generous 50 gallons of combined storage. An eight inch circular day hatch provides access to the stored items behind the cockpit. The rear deck utilizes an oval hatch and can accommodate larger pieces of gear. With the absence of a skeg box inside the stern compartment, the storage area provided there is considerable. There is also a generous “pocket hatch” just forward of the cockpit that is handy for smaller items typically stowed in the day hatch.
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 loop/handle set-up while the stern provides a heavy-duty grab handle located forward of the rudder system.