The Grand Illusion's arrival brings the ability to have a touring kayak with play boat characteristics and performance for the larger framed kayaker or an expedition paddler. An actual performance kayak for camping, expeditions with an extra bonus of performing well for larger paddlers!
New Kayak design takes years of development and testing.
Reg Lake, explorer, inventor and one of the original developers of Kayaking Sport in the USA helped Sterling with the testing of this design. It took about a year for completion of this model. Our intent was to build a kayak that would carry an average paddler and a very large payload or a very large paddler and an average payload. Goal--create a kayak with very secure stability while retaining the sportiness, speed, quick response to edge turns and agility of our other models . If you like sporty, the Grand Illusion is sporty enough to surf Forwards and Backwards! Input from our customers tell us goals accomplished!
-front hatch round 10 in -dayhatch round 8 in -rear hatch lid oval 17-5/8 x 12-7/8 in
Reg Lake smooth as always demonstrates the tracking ability of the Grand Illusion's central skeg
Spencer Jones in the Grand Illusion @ Skookumchuck Narrows, BC
Strong-Lite lay-ups are a proprietary lay-up which delivers: Kayaks 10% to 25% lighter than competitors. Eco friendly bagging of quality materials produces optimum strength to weight. These two combined create unequalled strength and lightweights!
Radiused cockpit combing for lay-back rolls, cockpit is ergonomic and has added thigh braces
Large Sea Dog High Performance Hatches 10" forward, 8" day hatch, 17-5/8" x 12-7/8" oval rear hatch
Recessed deck fittings
Internally attached foot braces-no leaking
2 Lightweight beveled bulkheads and an "L" shaped dayhatch to increase space in rear compartment.
Proprietary inside/outside seam joint
Paddle float arrangement
Joe Greenley Custom seats -custom comfort
Sea Dog quick adjust pedals
Perimeter ropes and bungee's
Proprietary designed and built skeg " Skeel" (aft central retractable skeg with kink free cable design)
Water safety inspection before leaving the shop
Options: Custom bulkhead placement fiberglass wear strip custom gelcoat design options bulkhead in lieu of foot pedals
DEMOS AVAILABLE @ STERLING KAYAKS
Address: 5421 Guide Meridian Unit D Bellingham, WA 98226