Romany Classic

Romany sea kayak

A manoeuvrable and directionally stable kayak for the medium sized paddler. Designed for rough water and ease of handling in challenging conditions. Its easy handling makes it the 1st choice for many coaches. The Romany Classic (formerly named Romany) is easily controlled in strong winds with a minimum of weather cocking.

In 1994 when the Romany was born she was the first sea kayak to have a keyhole cockpit, an offset day hatch and the slopping bulkhead behind the seat. These features are common place today with most major sea kayak designs having implemented them, but back in 1994 Nigel’s designs led the field and every one else followed.


  • high performance glass seat, unless otherwise requested
  • low rear deck for easy rolling
  • keyhole cockpit that gives excellent grip, control and allows quick exit if need be
  • sloping bulkhead behind the seat allows the kayak to be emptied by lifting only the bow, no x-rescue is necessary

See our standard features and custom features pages for more information. If you have any questions then please get in touch.

A day/weekend kayak for the medium sized paddler, length: 485 cm, width: 54 cm, depth: 32.5 cm, overall volume: 276.15 litres, front hatch volume: 57.5 litres, cockpit volume: 140 litres, day hatch volume: 37.5 litres, rear hatch volume: 41.6 litres.



Best Day/Weekend Kayak 2011 and Best Rough-Water Kayak 2011

“The Romany placed first in two categories. At 16’ by 21 1⁄2”, the Romany is a compact kayak designed for medium-sized paddlers. Although it is relatively narrow, it has enough initial stability to suit novice paddlers and enough secondary stability to please advanced paddlers. It has a combination of good tracking and high maneuverability, and its low profile allows the paddler a wide range of motion and is well suited for a variety of rolling techniques. The keyhole cockpit provides a sure grip for boat control and the sloped aft bulkhead helps drain the cockpit in reentry techniques. All these characteristics make for a kayak that is well suited to taking on dynamic conditions that make for challenging and exciting outings.”

These triennial Readers Choice awards from the readers of Sea Kayaker Magazine (US publication) have repeatedly featured sea kayaks from Nigel Dennis’s range. The Romany was also voted Best Roughwater Playboat in the previous awards in 2008.