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Rockpool Taran 18

The Taran brings a radical new look to the Rockpool fleet, it is fast and sleek but with friendly handling characteristics that will please.


Delivery Size Guide: Kayak XL

Rockpool Taran 18


The Taran brings a radical new look to the Rockpool fleet, it is fast and sleek but with friendly handling characteristics that will please. It is designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler and steps away from the look of the conventional British sea kayak to give the high performance that modern paddlers are looking for.

The Taran is a sea kayak that covers a multitude of roles: Day boat, Distance Cruiser, Weekend Tourer and Fitness Training through to Expedition Boat. It even has a reputation for setting records and winning races. The more we paddle it the more we find it can do!

In 2011 Jeff Allen and Harry Whelan put the Taran on the map as a serious expedition boat after completing their record breaking 25 day circumnavigation of Ireland. In 2012 John Willacy took this to a new level, paddling his Taran to break the long-standing 80 day record for the circumnavigation of the UK. John covered the 2000 miles in 72 days. But just two weeks later this record was broken once again, this time by Joe Leach – in an impressive 67 days!

There is no doubting the expedition credentials of the Taran now; the circumnavigation of the UK is a serious undertaking and in 2 weeks, there were 2 new records, with 2 Tarans!

But the Taran isn't all about setting records or paddling expeditions; within Rockpool it is the boat of choice for our local day paddling, from cliff bottom bimbling to tide race surfing. Why plod along when you can cruise effortlessly? Choose a Taran!

The Taran is now a regular choice for those looking to improve their paddling fitness too. Locally it is a common sight down at the Menai Straits training sessions. The confident handling and good speed give it a useful role as a fitness training boat, making for productive sessions even in the most demanding conditions.

We are pleased that the Taran is chosen by such a wide range of paddlers from Intermediate to Elite level and for such a wide range of sea kayaking roles. For us it really has become a boat for all…

Paddle the Taran for a while and you really won’t want to go back to an 'ordinary' boat; you can’t help but enjoy the performance handling it brings. The Taran is a fast sea kayak but it was designed to be a friendly and fun boat to paddle too – this is a fast boat that is easy to paddle

TARAN – In the Detail:
Hull: Length 18 feet 0 inches (549 cm) – Width: 20.5 inches (52 cm) – Volume: 383 litres.

The Taran is fast but with easy and predictable handling in even the most demanding conditions. The high volume bow gives a dry ride and maintains high speed through chop and rough conditions. The flattened U-shaped centre section ensures the fast hull is not compromised in terms of stability or manoeuvrability. The Taran is fitted with the Smart Track rudder system as standard; this enhances the handling even further, giving easy and precise heading changes. Without the rudder deployed the Taran is designed to weather cock slightly and responds well to lean steering. Though the Taran has fast, sleek lines it actually has the largest volume in the Rockpool fleet (383 litres), so there is enough space to carry all the camping kit needed even for long term expeditions – try 67 or 72 days for example!


The hull section begins with a deep V at the bow, blending into a tapered and flattened U-section for the centre, fading back to a buoyant V section for the stern. A combination of rocker and deadwood shaping gives good manoeuvrability and positive reaction to steering.

The buoyant bow is designed to maintain a fast and dry ride. The stern is blended smoothly to give low drag whilst maintaining plenty of volume for enhanced handling in following seas. The hull was designed to enhance down-wind performance whilst minimising any tendency to broach.

The high front deck is designed to stay above the waves and to quickly shed any water that does make it over the bow. The large front compartment is accessed via a round hatch. Ahead of the cockpit is a small day hatch which allows storage for all of life’s little essentials. The rear compartment is fitted with a large oval hatch. There is a security locking point to the rear of the cockpit. Kajaksport hatches are fitted as standard and all deck fittings are standard Rockpool recessed fittings.

The cockpit is a roomy and comfortable 145 litres with a fixed performance seat – this is factory fitted to match the customer’s requirements. The Taran is fitted with the Smart Track combined footpeg/rudder steering pedals.

The Taran was originally conceived to give Rockpool a cruising sea kayak unlike any other – it was to be user friendly for open sea paddling, fast to compete in sea kayak races, and have good manoeuvrability for use as a day boat. With the Taran we had our eyes on setting a few records it is true, but we also wanted to produce a boat that paddlers across the spectrum would enjoy paddling day to day. We are pleased, but not surprised to see how successful it has become across the whole field of sea kayak paddling.

The recent success with the UK Circumnavigation is the icing on the cake and now proves that the Taran is also the boat to choose for the serious expedition paddler.

In testing the Taran prototype broke the Anglesey circumnavigation record three days after it first took to the water in Aug 2009. Later, production Taran’s were paddled to set new records for the Irish Sea Crossing, North Channel Crossing, Isle of Anglesey circumnavigation, Isle of Man circumnavigation and Isle of Mull circumnavigation.

And of course, the 2012 UK Circumnavigation.


  • Quality Kajaksport hatches are fitted as standard to all of our kayaks; they’re tough and reliable. All hatches have internal clipped tether lines to prevent loss.
  • Taran is fitted with the Smart Track rudder system as standard.
  • Deck Lines + Elastics
  • Spare paddle parks


  • The Taran has a fixed Performance seat – available in two sizes.


A lightweight electric pump system is available as an option. This can be fitted during manufacture or as a factory retro-fit. The system has a small electric bilge pump fitted behind the seat. This is powered by a sealed lead/acid gel battery (battery charger included) housed in a protective cover fitted in the day hatch. Operation is controlled by a pneumatically operated footswitch which minimizes the exposure of the electrics in the wet area.

Custom Colour + Artwork

You can have a individual unique boat through Rockpool custom colours/artwork; they don’t do 'standard colours'! Let create the boat of your dreams…

  • Bespoke artwork included in the quoted price:
  • Deck: Up to 3 colours/glitter; starfish/kelp and colour fade designs as required.
  • Hull: Single colour; no glitter (except alpha jewel dusting).
  • Seam/cockpit/seat rim: single colour per item as required.
  • Rockpool can also accept detailed design graphics and logos sent in JPEG format – again contact us for details.

Rockpool are happy to cater for more detailed artwork requests but in order to accommodate the increased workload we may have to add a small surcharge – contact for details.

Note:Extensive artwork/glitter will add weight to a finished kayak, the more colours the greater the weight!


Rockpool kayaks are manufactured from the highest quality resins and cloth and are available in an extensive range of custom colour combinations. They can offer standard hand lay-up or vacuum bagged constructions.
Vac bag construction is a manufacturing process used to ensure a more uniform wetting of the reinforcing fabric and removal of excess resin matrix in order to produce a stronger and lighter kayak.
All of our deck fittings are recessed and fitted externally to prevent leaks.


  • Hand lay-up
  • Polyester resin
  • Chopped strand mat and Glass cloth
  • Our standard construction gives a robust and hard wearing kayak at the lowest cost. It is also easy to repair.


  • Vac bag construction
  • Epoxy resin
  • Glass, Diolen and Kevlar/Carbon fabrics
  • Kevlar/Carbon and Spheretex reinforcing patches
  • The Premier construction gives a significant weight saving but at the cost of slightly reduced durability.
  • This construction will provide increased performance and easier handling but requires a little more day to day care

Comparison Chart

Construction                        Strength Durability Lightweight    Ease of Repair

Standard (Polyester/Glass)     *****         *****            **                       *****

Premier (Epoxy/Kev-Carb)       ****          ***              *****                    ***

Construction time:  3-5 weeks contact for details

When you place your order you will be sent an email for you to reply back with your colour choice and any other custom options.


Price £2,950.00

Available to Order

Total £2,950.00


Free Delivery on orders over £80.

Free Next Day Delivery on orders over £200.

Standard Delivery is £3.50, but will be more for large items.

Next Day delivery available from £2.50.

Kayaks are delivered in 3-5 days at  £50.00 per Kayak.

Large Kayaks and Extra Large items will require special arrangement.