Our outstanding performance hull designs are one of the main differences that set Ocean Kayak™ apart from our competitors. Hull design dictates how well your kayak performs in the water, so when selecting a kayak as much consideration should be placed on the hull design as is placed on the on-deck configuration/features.
Manufactured in New Zealand and the USA, Ocean Kayak™ draws on the considerable experience and expertise of arguably some of the best kayak designers in the world and we are continually developing new models.
Our models can be divided into 3 categories; the unique Tri-formed Hull, the Prowler Hull and the Planing Hull.
Tri-formed Hull (most models)
Designed for extra stability and tracking:
A built-in keel runs the entire length of the hull and encourages boats to track straight when paddling and coasting
Two ‘shoulder’ areas of the hull ride high at the surface of the water providing significant initial and secondary stability
Strong, robust hulls using compound curves (rather than sharp lines or heavy stiffeners) which have less stress points so less prone to breakage
Ideal design for the recreational sit-on-tops (Frenzy, Malibu, Scrambler etc.)
Designed for surfing:
Wide flat footprint
Designed for demanding conditions such as head winds, big seas:
Very fast without compromising stability, excellent glide characteristics.
Tracks exceptionally well and the flared bow is efficient in shedding water.
Regarded as a very quiet hull (minimal hull slap).
Some Design Fundamentals of Ocean Kayak
Ocean Kayak Features
Moulded-in seat well and extremely comfortable seat backs
Roomy and comfortable cockpits
Moulded-in foot wells
Moulded-in seat well and seat backs
Moulded-in tank wells
Self-bailing scupper holes – any water coming over the deck will automatically drain out
Large bow hatches – providing ample storage room
Side-mounted carrying handles
Paddle keepers with comfortable pull tabs
Rod Pods and Modular (Mod) Pods on our fishing kayaks
Attention to detail – moulded-in cup holders, deck rigging, moulded-in graphics, optimal boat weight for durability without designing a heavy boat
Quality of finish
Kayak Safety 100% Waterproof ‘Inserts’
Saddles, handles and other fittings are attached using the salt water resistant ‘insert’ system to attach components. Unlike rivets and screws used by other kayak brands, moulded-in ‘inserts’ are
Moulded into the kayak at manufacture
A superior attachment system
Ocean Kayak use lead free plastic - the only NZ made kayaks that have moved away from toxic, heavy metals which are harmful to the environment.
Ocean Kayak™ is the world's leading sit-on-top brand. Since its innovative debut in 1971, Ocean Kayak™ models are considered the most stable and safest kayaks on the market and come with a Lifetime Warranty.