Designed by Peter Major. Built by Sea Kayaking UK (SKUK).
Maine Island Kayak Co just unloaded the new Quantum:
a fast expedition kayak with a huge load carrying capacity. Its long waterline and straight rocker enable the Quantum to cut through sea conditions quickly and easily. The hull has a Swede form, meaning the widest point is behind the cockpit. Thus the Quantum is stable, even when lightly loaded.
“The stern skids down the face, so you start surfing really early… you get a dry ride as well, because the stern has massive volume.”
Peter Major, Quantum’s designer, explained that his design has a plumb bow, nearly straight up and down. This helps the boat to keep going straight, even in a headwind. The Quantum handles chop and wind well, and is stable in a crosswind. The hull design allows for especially good glide. When in waves, Major says, “The stern skids down the face, so you start surfing really early… you get a dry ride as well, because the stern has massive volume.”
Unique Rudder Design
The Quantum rudder system is a design innovation in sea kayaks. The full depth blade self-centers into a recess in the back deck when you retract it. (Conventional rudder blades often stick up from the back of the kayak, making them vulnerable to damage. They can be an impediment when towing, and even dangerous during rescues.)
The smooth lines and lack of exposed sharp edges on the Quantum allow you to tow when you need to and surf when you want to. You can land the Quantum and empty it without worrying about damage to the rudder. The rudder is controlled by an adjustable bar, which provides solid placement for your feet to push against.
"My first impression was of a very smooth ride. The kayak was not loaded but didn’t feel at all twitchy. In fact, I felt at home in it straightaway and would have liked more time to play. It felt incredibly minimalist and had no angles or edges. The rudder system was flawless and easy to use." British Sea Kayaks reviewer
Expedition fittings are standard on the Quantum:
oval front and rear hatches, a day hatch, and a compass recess. Recessed deck fittings and well-placed deck lines provide secure stowage for spare paddles and other essentials. The optional self-bailer is a unique feature on the Quantum. This is fitted to the cockpit area and it is possible to empty a relatively full cockpit in under a hundred strokes.
Quantum: an expedition kayak for intermediate to advanced paddlers.
- Length: 18’
- Length at waterline: 18’
- Width: 21.6”
- Width at waterline: 19”
- Total volume: approx 424 liters