Many Australian paddlers already own a Current Designs Squall GTS sea kayak. It is a popular North American style boat which was previously just known at the Squall. The Squall GT is identical to the Squall GTS but with added width. This provides more space for paddler and storage as well the confidence inspired by extra stability. The hull design offers straight tracking, acceleration and superior efficiency. The user-friendly keyhole cockpit, modernised deck and hidden rudder uphaul make it a modern classic. Like all Current Designs North American style models, the Squall GT also includes the safety of front and rear bulkheads.
New kayakers will find the Squall GT easy to use and comfortable for skill development. Seasoned paddlers will like the efficiency and performance as well as the large hatches which hold ample gear for extended trips.
The Squall GT is made in the USA from rotationally moulded polyethylene. The construction process involves melting polyethylene powder in a closed rotating metal mould to form a complete kayak hull and deck in a fraction of the time required for other construction methods. Current Designs has taken rotomoulding to the next level with high-tech process controls which produce the lightest possible rotomoulded kayaks. Linear high density polyethylene is used in all models to maximise stiffness without sacrificing impact strength. Current Designs’ polyethylene maintains its integrity over a broad temperature range and had added stabilisers giving it increased protection from harmful ultraviolet rays and oxidisation. Current Designs’ rotomoulded kayaks are affordable, ultra tough, highly durable and will hold up to more significant abuse than composite constructions.
Length // 488cm
Width // 61cm
Depth // 34.3cm
Weight // 26.3kg
Max load // 170kg
Cockpit // 41.9cm x 76.2cm
Bow hatch // Opening: 24.1cm x 24.1cm, Volume: 52.9 litres
Stern hatch // Opening: 31.7cm x 45.7cm, Volume: 109.6 litres
Symmetrical form // The shape is identical fore and aft from the centre point of the kayak. The hull is at its widest and has the greatest underwater volume at midships. Symmetrical kayaks are more manoeuvrable than swede form or fish form kayaks because the paddler is positioned as close as possible to the pivot point.
Soft chines // A smooth transition from the bottom of the hull to the sides. Soft chines give smooth edging at unlimited angles.
Shallow arch hull // These have good initial stability and are highly maneuverable.
Keyhole cockpit // A keyhole cockpit blends the openness of a recreational cockpit with the integrated thigh braces of a touring cockpit. The result is an easy to enter and exit cockpit that offers performance, fit and solid connectivity to the kayak.
Dimension Adjustable Seat Back // A fully articulating and height/angle adjustable back rest. This dynamic combination creates the most comfortable and ergonomically functional seating system ever seen.
Built-in thigh braces // To maximize control when edging and rolling.
Sea-lect Designs Foot Pedal/Brace // Pivoting pedal style foot brace which is easily adjustable from the cockpit. It is designed to be maintenance free, self clearing and corrosion resistant.
Rudder // All Current Designs North American style kayaks feature a durable foot controlled foiled blade rudder that creates steering efficiency and offers superior control in windy conditions. This can be upgraded to the SmartTrack Control System upon request.
Hatch covers // Stern hatch has a rubber cover. Bow hatch has a rubber cover and a strapped hard cover for extra water protection.
Foam bulkheads // Essential for safety (inbuilt flotation) and useful for dry storage.
Optional deck mounted Ritchie Compass // For enhanced navigation capability.
Range of colours // Mango, red, yellow, lime
The Squall GT is available from Global Paddler for only $2,150.
Shipping: Price does not include shipping. Free pickup from Global Paddler in Ballina NSW. $50 for delivery to anywhere in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Please contact Global Paddler to ask about delivery costs to other parts of Australia. International deliveries are unfortunately not possible at this stage.
Please get in touch with us via the contact us page on the Global Paddler website if you would like more information.