Gear to Gawk At
P&H Sea Kayaks Cetus HV Infusion
Carbon/Kevlar with Kevlar Keel Strip
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a major fan of the P&H Cetus line. There, bias declared!
The Cetus HV is a little roomier in the cockpit and foredeck area than the Mid Volume version for increased comfort for larger paddlers and those with bigger shoe sizes and thigh circumference as well as more curvaceous kayakers.
While the kayak is longer than the MV by 6″ it still retains the nimbleness of the shorter length which is surprising for a 18’3″ boat. I’ve used the HV when self supported expeditioning as at my 190lbs. weight plus 50lbs.-60lbs. is easily handled by the HV without loss of maneuverability.
Across the spectrum the Cetus models provide a fast kayak when on an even keel and agile performer when heeled up on edge. The front deck hatch is positively handy for quick to grab items and the C-30 seating is seriously comfortable and customizable.
The ultimate expedition platform, the Cetus features a shallow ‘V’ hull and large, rounded chines smoothly transitioning in to a slender bow and stern, allowing it to track well and cover distance comfortably, but also swing around nimbly on edge, all whilst being remarkably stable no matter what the ocean throws at you; if you’ve ever wondered how your favourite sea kayaking photographer gets such crisp shots whilst on the water, the answer is probably a Cetus.
The hull performance of the Cetus only improves as you load it up, with its 4 hatch configuration enabling the versatile and balanced distribution of gear; pairing this with unparalleled outfitting comfort makes the Cetus the perfect boat in which to discover and fully appreciate the unique environments sea kayaking has to offer, rounding out the day in the tranquillity of a remote camping spot, and having the range and capacity to do it all over again the day after, and for several weeks after that, depending on your ambitions.
- Length = 18’3″
- Width = 22.5″
- Weight = 51lbs.