Reviewed in the February 2003 issue.
The entire review is available as a PDF and includes sea-trial reports, stability graphs, cross-section drawing, speed/resistance figures and the response from the designer.
With the Quest, we set out to produce a kayak for paddlers requiring a fast, relatively stable kayak ideally suited to longer open crossings and extended trips. We wanted a kayak that inspired confidence, encouraging people to develop their skills and get more from the sport. As such, the Quest was designed with a long waterline ensuring excellent speed and smooth progress through choppy swells. Because longer waterlines reduce maneuverability in tight conditions, the Quest compensates for this by its excellent response to edging. Chines, although soft in the mid-section, harden towards the stern. This innovative approach provides the confidence of smooth edge-to-edge transitions while still producing the graceful carved turns of more traditional hard-chined designs. With a guide range of 160 lbs.-280 lbs.,the kayak can accommodate all but lighter paddlers for day paddling yet has plenty of capacity for larger paddlers and those undertaking more extended trips.
-Peter T. Orton, Designer, P&H Sea Kayaks
Length overall 17’7”
Volume 13.21 cu. ft.
Cockpit size 157/8” x 28 5/8”
Cockpit coaming height
Height of seat 11/4”
Weight 521/2 lbs.
Center of buoyancy* 49%