It’s time to do a kayak review for the Current Designs Storm GT 17′. This is a polyethylene sea kayak produced by Current Designs.
The specs and dimensions are as follows:
- Length: 17′
- Width: 24″
- Depth: 14″
- Cockpit length: 32″
- Cockpit width: 16.5″
- Weight: 63lbs
Current Designs GT Storm at Cape Flattery
The Storm GT retails for $1,549, which is comparable to similar models made by competitors. I purchased my kayak second hand… This was my first sea kayak and it has been a superb all around kayak fishing vessel. I have used the Storm GT on class III rapids of the Sol Duc River searching for steelhead, to calm days on lakes in eastern Washington catching bass or cutthroat trout, to the rugged Pacific Ocean near Cape Flattery hammering lingcod or rockfish.
The Storm GT allows the paddler to cover a lot of distance due to the efficiency of the hull design. At 24″ wide with a rudder, this kayak does handle rough water as good as any sea kayak. This summer one of the times we were crossing from Cape Flattery to Tatoosh Island the current was moving fast. In strong current the rudder helps direct my boat properly and the Storm GT kayak cuts across the water very well. For surf launches this kayak is quick and therefore has advantages in passing through the surf zone swiftly. The bow has a slight rocker so that the kayak performs better under surf conditions. This kayak has allowed me to cover great distances on the local lakes so I can spend more time fishing where the fish congregate instead of traveling slowly with a sit on top kayak. If I had to buy one kayak for all of my fishing, it would be this Current Designs Storm GT.
The rudder seems to be made of a durable plastic and is operated by foot pedals. I have not had any concern during the last seven months with respect to the rudder’s durability. The rudder works great and I wouldn’t have a sea kayak without one. The rudder sees use on every journey.
The seat is very comfortable due to adequate padding and also provides the perfect amount of lower back support in just the right spot. The cockpit is roomy and easy to get into or out of. I use a Snap Dragon spray skirt and store a pelican box with a battery for my fish finder in front of my feet. Behind the seat I used Marine Goop to install my transducer. I drilled a hole in front of the cockpit to run the cables for the fish finder which is mounted from a RAM arm.
Storage space inside the hull is roomy. I have done overnight camping trips at Cape Flattery and stored tents, cooking and eating utensils and stoves, food, fresh water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, jackets, sweaters, etc inside of this kayak. The Storm GT seems to perform better when loaded; it just takes a little longer to get it moving in the water when heavy. The deck in front allows me to tie down two or three fishing poles and run another pole in trolling mode from a Yakattack Zooka Tube. Behind my seat I placed two RAM mounts and typically use one for a fishing net and the other to hold a camera when filming. There is adequate bunjee for storage on the deck and my favorite tie downs are made by Nite-Ize. Normally I utilize Nite-Ize tie downs in order to lash down a fishing pole to a RAM base. The fishing pole tips are place into two pieces of pipe tubing (foam) which is tied to the carry handle on the bow. Sometimes I attach a home made PVC rack to the rear of the hull when fishing salt water, in order to hold many fish.
Current Designs Storm GT kayak at Lake Sammamish with two of my best friends
Current Designs Storm GT kayak at Potholes Reservoir
Current Designs Storm GT kayak on the Sol Duc River
Current Designs Storm GT kayak at Banks Lake
This is a great kayak fishing machine and I highly recommend the Current Designs Storm GT.