The Romany: the classic sea kayak.

The Romany was designed as Nigel’s school boat in the early ‘90s, before becoming a new standard. At 16', it is a playful all around performer. The Romany brought the keyhole cockpit, confidence inspiring stability, easy rolling, three hatch ‘shaped ski’ design into the general market, and spawned numerous new models. It has received Sea Kayaker Magazine’s Readers Choice awards three times.

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The Romany: made in Wales, paddled the world over.

Romany Classic Carbon Kevlar

Price $5,485

Nigel's classic in full carbon kevlar: the ultimate boat for serious fun. Carbon kevlar seat, keel strip, and no skeg.

Specifications
  • LOA: 16'; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2018
  • Layup: Full carbon kevlar with carbon kevlar seat
  • Colors: Black/Black/White with White lines
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: New style, not yet installed
  • Keel Strip: Black
  • Skeg: None
  • Extras: Carbon kevlar seat; Clear foredeck dragon
About NDK Romany Classics

The award winning Romany Classic is a short 16’, responsive, stable kayak both empty and loaded, with super high secondary stability, and neutral in winds and following seas. Designed for rough water and ease of handling in conditions, it is very comfortable for the athletic novice, yet many coaches also choose it as a work boat for its all day comfort in varied conditions. With one of the first and best keyhole cockpits offered in sea kayaks, it provides a wide range of fit for medium sized paddlers. The Romany tracks well for its length, and is easily controlled in wind with a minimum of weather cocking. Its high volume bow reduces plunging into waves. The maneuverability allows for good control in bumpy water or when playing in surf and rock gardens. Mostly it shines with its high secondary stability and keyhole cockpit providing a high level confidence and comfort in rougher, challenging waters. The up-on-edge secondary stability makes the Romany one of the easiest rolling boats we’ve experienced; you don’t have to roll as far ‘up’ to be stable. Originally designed as Nigel’s school boat for his Centre in North Wales, its broad function and high secondary stability have kept it as one of the baseline all around sea kayaks since its introduction in 1993.

The Romany Classic has won Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Awards for Best Roughwater Sea Kayak and Best Weekend Sea Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 120-200 lbs.

Romany Classic Carbon Kevlar

Price $5,485

A Romany Classic with a full carbon kevlar layup. Lightweight but tough with custom extras, this boat is at the top of its class.

Specifications
  • LOA: 16'; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2018
  • Layup: Full carbon kevlar with carbon kevlar seat
  • Colors: White/Black/White
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 34"
  • Footrests: New style pegs, not yet installed
  • Keel Strip: Black
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Black keel strip; Black hull ends; Custom front bulkhead; Clear foredeck dragon
About NDK Romany Classics

The award winning Romany Classic is a short 16’, responsive, stable kayak both empty and loaded, with super high secondary stability, and neutral in winds and following seas. Designed for rough water and ease of handling in conditions, it is very comfortable for the athletic novice, yet many coaches also choose it as a work boat for its all day comfort in varied conditions. With one of the first and best keyhole cockpits offered in sea kayaks, it provides a wide range of fit for medium sized paddlers. The Romany tracks well for its length, and is easily controlled in wind with a minimum of weather cocking. Its high volume bow reduces plunging into waves. The maneuverability allows for good control in bumpy water or when playing in surf and rock gardens. Mostly it shines with its high secondary stability and keyhole cockpit providing a high level confidence and comfort in rougher, challenging waters. The up-on-edge secondary stability makes the Romany one of the easiest rolling boats we’ve experienced; you don’t have to roll as far ‘up’ to be stable. Originally designed as Nigel’s school boat for his Centre in North Wales, its broad function and high secondary stability have kept it as one of the baseline all around sea kayaks since its introduction in 1993.

The Romany Classic has won Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Awards for Best Roughwater Sea Kayak and Best Weekend Sea Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 120-200 lbs.

NDK Romany Classic

Price: $4,480

This striking Romany has orange trim that appears seamless with the deck. Orange is actually more visible in fog than yellow. Extras are an orange keel strip, orange hull ends, a custom 34" front bulkhead, and a carbon dragon inlaid on the foredeck.

Specifications
  • LOA: 16'; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Orange/White/Orange
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 34"
  • Footrests: Not yet installed
  • Keel Strip: Yes, Orange
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Orange keel strip; Orange hull ends; Custom front bulkhead; Carbon foredeck dragon
About NDK Romany Classics

The award winning Romany Classic is a short 16’, responsive, stable kayak both empty and loaded, with super high secondary stability, and neutral in winds and following seas. Designed for rough water and ease of handling in conditions, it is very comfortable for the athletic novice, yet many coaches also choose it as a work boat for its all day comfort in varied conditions. With one of the first and best keyhole cockpits offered in sea kayaks, it provides a wide range of fit for medium sized paddlers. The Romany tracks well for its length, and is easily controlled in wind with a minimum of weather cocking. Its high volume bow reduces plunging into waves. The maneuverability allows for good control in bumpy water or when playing in surf and rock gardens. Mostly it shines with its high secondary stability and keyhole cockpit providing a high level confidence and comfort in rougher, challenging waters. The up-on-edge secondary stability makes the Romany one of the easiest rolling boats we’ve experienced; you don’t have to roll as far ‘up’ to be stable. Originally designed as Nigel’s school boat for his Centre in North Wales, its broad function and high secondary stability have kept it as one of the baseline all around sea kayaks since its introduction in 1993.

The Romany Classic has won Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers Choice Awards for Best Roughwater Sea Kayak and Best Weekend Sea Kayak three times.

Recommended paddler weight: 120-200 lbs.

NDK Romany Surf

Price: $4,285

A  Romany Surf with carbon kevlar seat in the standard expedition layup.

Specifications
  • LOA: 16'2"; Width: 22"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Yellow/White/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 35"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Carbon seat
About NDK Romany Surfs

Based on the Romany Classic, the Romany Surf is designed for rough water and ease of handling in conditions. The Surf combines comfort, stability, and responsiveness in a high performance kayak for the medium to larger sized paddler. It is 2” longer and ½” wider in the stern than the Classic, supporting the extra weight and power of a larger paddler, hence doesn’t “squash down” as early at speed. It’s hull design is a larger person’s Romany with the same high stability, while the re-shaped foredeck allows for large feet: up to size 11/12 (Europe 46.5). The Surf offers extra knee height and leg room due to a raised area either side of the cockpit (the knee bumps) for those with longer femur bones or tighter hip/hamstring muscles. The seat is adjustable, and a wider seat is available. This kayak has a slightly wider keyhole cockpit that gives excellent grip, contact, and control while offering quick and easy entry and exit. The Surf has more volume in the rear compartments than the Romany Classic.

The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight 150-220 lbs.

NDK Romany Excel

Price: $4,285

A standard expedition layup Excel in ocean colors.

Specifications
  • LOA: 16'8"; Width: 22.5"
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Quill/White/Blue
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yes, Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: NDK slider with new composite box
About NDK Romany Excels

A maneuverable and directionally stable Romany for the extra large paddler, the Excel is designed to smooth the rougher waters and ease handling in challenging conditions. It is truly a larger person’s performance and play sea kayak, yet provides comfort for the novice seeking extra stability for general touring due to its wider, flat hull shape. An ideal kayak for the 220+ lb paddler (16+ stones, 102+ kilos). This kayak again has a larger and wider keyhole cockpit for good contact but ease of entry and exit. Its extra leg room is complemented by the raised area, knee bumps, either side of the cockpit, and a wider high performance seat is fitted.

As with all NDKs, the Excel has a low rear deck for easy rolling, a cockpit offering safety and good contact, and the sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight 200-250+ lbs.

NDK Romany Sport

Price: $1,985

The only Nigel Dennis Kayak in an RM version, the Romany Sport is seaworthy and fun to paddle. This stand-out color can is sure to get you noticed while rock-hopping and surfing!

Specifications
  • LOA: 15'10"; Width: 22"
  • Layup: Roto molded with three double bulkheads; composite cockpit rim; new seat
  • Colors: Cherry/White
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yes, installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider and skeg
About NDK Romany Sports

This compact, second generation polyethylene kayak is designed for the paddler who seeks full British safety features in a Greenland style Nigel Dennis Kayak. Its 16’ length is great for play, day or long weekend trips. Its hull cross section is based on the Romany and Surf for liveliness, but with a bit more primary stability and a longer stern for more speed and glide. This boat is designed for the average size to larger kayaker using it for day paddling, play and shorter trips.

As with all the Romany series this responsive plastic kayak is all-day-comfortable while offering great play and surf for the better paddler. Its reasonably boxy rails offer good primary stability. A flattish hull promotes its surfing characteristics which also helps in a following sea. The kayak has been designed to fit a range of kayakers with plenty of room for large feet. Unique to RM plastic boats, this boat has a fiberglass cockpit rim.

This RM kayak has the new adjustable high performance glass seat, unless otherwise requested, and offers extra leg room due to the raised area, the knee bumps, either side of the cockpit. The seat can be set higher for a smaller paddler. The kayak has a low rear deck for easy rolling, a keyhole cockpit that gives excellent contact, control, and quick exits as needed. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight 150-220 lbs.

NDK Romany Sport

Price: $1,985

Tidal races, rock gardens, or your go-to surfing spot: Nigel Dennis Kayaks’ Romany Sport offers high performance at an attractive price .

Specifications
  • LOA: 15'10"; Width: 22"
  • Layup: Roto molded with three double bulkheads; composite cockpit rim; new seat
  • Colors: Orange/Yellow
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yes, installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider and skeg
About NDK Romany Sports

This compact, second generation polyethylene kayak is designed for the paddler who seeks full British safety features in a Greenland style Nigel Dennis Kayak. Its 16’ length is great for play, day or long weekend trips. Its hull cross section is based on the Romany and Surf for liveliness, but with a bit more primary stability and a longer stern for more speed and glide. This boat is designed for the average size to larger kayaker using it for day paddling, play and shorter trips.

As with all the Romany series this responsive plastic kayak is all-day-comfortable while offering great play and surf for the better paddler. Its reasonably boxy rails offer good primary stability. A flattish hull promotes its surfing characteristics which also helps in a following sea. The kayak has been designed to fit a range of kayakers with plenty of room for large feet. Unique to RM plastic boats, this boat has a fiberglass cockpit rim.

This RM kayak has the new adjustable high performance glass seat, unless otherwise requested, and offers extra leg room due to the raised area, the knee bumps, either side of the cockpit. The seat can be set higher for a smaller paddler. The kayak has a low rear deck for easy rolling, a keyhole cockpit that gives excellent contact, control, and quick exits as needed. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight 150-220 lbs.

NDK Romany Sportive

Price: $1,985 - Demo model, available for order.

An excellent choice for rock hopping and touring, the Sportive is designed for the small to medium sized paddler. Built from very strong, stiff linear plastic, with double bulkheads.

Specifications
  • LOA: 15'7"; Width: 21"
  • Layup: Roto molded with three double bulkheads; composite cockpit rim; new seat
  • Colors: Green/Red
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yes, installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider and skeg
About NDK Romany Sportives

The Sportive is the scaled-down version of the popular Romany Sport, designed for the smaller to medium-sized kayaker. Its 15'7" length is great for play, day or long weekend trips. Developed from the unrivaled Romany Surf, the Sportive and Sport are in a different league from other rotomolded (RM) sea kayaks. Yet they retail at a very attractive price point.

As with all the Romany series, this responsive plastic kayak is all-day-comfortable while offering great play and surf for the better paddler. The hull cross section is based on the Romany and Surf for liveliness, but with a bit more primary stability and a longer stern for more speed and glide. Its reasonably boxy rails offer good primary stability. A flattish hull promotes its surfing characteristics which also helps in a following sea. Unique to RM plastic boats, this boat has a fiberglass cockpit rim.

This RM kayak has the new adjustable high performance glass seat, unless otherwise requested, and offers extra leg room due to the raised area, the knee bumps, either side of the cockpit. The seat can be set higher for a smaller paddler. The kayak has a low rear deck for easy rolling, a keyhole cockpit that gives excellent contact, control, and quick exits as needed. The sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight 110-150 lbs.