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. At Maine Island Kayak Co, all new full price boat sales include custom foam fitting: a personalized process that brings our world class boats into a league of their own.

NDK Romany Classic

Price: $3,985

A seriously good looking Romany with a custom front bulkhead.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16'; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2014
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Black/Black/Yellow
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 33"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Custom front bulkhead

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: $3,985  Sale Price: $3,400

A lightly used demo boat with the standard expedition layup offered at a reduced price.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16"; Width: 21.5"
  • Year: 2015
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Quill/White/Spring Green
  • Front Bulkhead: Standard
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Notes: Deck and combing spider cracks in gel; unwrapped; some marks

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: $3,985

A  classic Romany in the standard expedition layup.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16'2"; Width: 22"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Red/White/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 35"
  • Footrests: Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Wide 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 Surf

Price: $3,985

A Romany Classic with a custom front bulkhead and carbon kevlar seat.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16'2"; Width: 22"
  • Year: 2017
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Yellow/White/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: Custom 35"
  • Footrests: Yakima, not yet installed
  • Keel Strip: None
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Custom front bulkhead; Black foredeck dragon; Carbon kevlar 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: $4,130

Expedition rigging and a custom color scheme with an added keel strip make this Excel noteworthy.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16'8"; Width: 22.5"
  • Year: 2016
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Orange/White/Red
  • Front Bulkhead: 37"
  • Footrests: Yes, Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: Yes, Red
  • Skeg: Kari slider with new composite box
  • Extras: Red keel strip; Expedition rigging

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 Excel

Price: $3,985

A standard expedition layup Excel in ocean colors.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16'8"; Width: 22.5"
  • Year: 2015
  • 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 LV

Price: $3,985  Sale Price: $3,150

A low volume version of the Romany for smaller paddlers. This boat has a custom front bulkhead and color scheme.

Specifications

  • LOA: 16'; Width: 21.4"
  • Year: 2010
  • Layup: Standard S glass
  • Colors: Red/Red/Black
  • Front Bulkhead: 32"
  • Footrests: Yes, Yakima installed
  • Keel Strip: Yes, Red
  • Skeg: Kari slider with Kari skeg box

About NDK Romany LVs

A Romany for the paddler under 130 pounds, with the same NDK maneuverability and directional stability, designed for rough water and ease of handling in conditions. The kayak is more stable than the Pilgrim with a much lower deck, and less room for the legs. The kayak has been fitted with a new smaller keyhole cockpit, 3.5" (87mm) shorter than the Romany Classic and 1" (25mm) narrower with the leg braces brought back towards the paddler for shorter femurs. It has less volume and a lowered and re-designed front deck.

The kayak comes fitted with a foam seat, but can easily be fitted with a specially ordered high performance glass seat at no extra cost. The kayak has a very low rear deck for easy rolling, and the same sloping bulkhead behind the seat for ease of emptying by lifting only the bow; no x-rescue is necessary.

Recommended paddler weight 80-140 lbs.

NDK Romany Sport

Price: $1,950

The only Nigel Dennis Kayak in an RM version, the Romany Sport is seaworthy and fun to paddle. A great boat at a great price.

Specifications

  • LOA: 15'10"; Width: 22"
  • Year: 2016
  • 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. It’s 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: $1,950

The only Nigel Dennis Kayak in an RM version, the Romany Sport is seaworthy and fun to paddle. A great boat for rock gardening and rough landing zones.

Specifications

  • LOA: 15'10"; Width: 22"
  • Year: 2016
  • 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. It’s 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.