I’ve accumulated quite a collection of sea kayaks over the years. In my shed, I currently have sea kayaks manufactured by KajakSport, Valley, NDK, P&H, Seaward, Current Designs, Boreal Design, and Dagger. I really like the Sirocco. It would only be considered tippy by someone without any sea kayaking experience. If you’re fine in any other performance sea kayak, you will be fine in the Sirocco. It is a fairly stable kayak as far as performance sea kayaks are concerned.
And I would qualify it as a performance sea kayak. As your skills improve, you will perform better in the Sirocco. It’s a solid design for challenging conditions. With a little luck, you will eventually appreciate the heck out of its secondary stability. It would almost be a shame if you didn’t. If the fit is good, you’re not going to find a better all-around sea kayak. Just different. I would consider it a good permanent template to establish a point of reference for comparing any other sea kayak you try over the years.
I’m one that really appreciates very different sea kayaks for what they offer me. I feel like a lot of folks get “stuck in a rut”, meaning they tune into a single kayak’s performance, and then when a different kayak’s characteristics trip them up in a brief encounter, it’s because that kayak is “overall” inferior. I have a few that have been known to trip people up, like Seaward’s Nigel Foster Legend, or P&H’s Bahiya. I really enjoy those kayaks.
The Sirocco is not like that. There isn’t really anything there to trip a person up. And yet it isn’t a boring ride at all. I still remember my first impression. Exceptional glide for a kayak that is so easily maneuverable. It’s not a race boat. But it’s not sluggish like some of the other kayaks that can keep up with it’s maneuverability. That’s what makes it such a good reference kayak. A great kayak to get to know intimately if it’s a comfortable fit. And it’s a very respectable kayak to get “stuck in a rut” with, because you’re going to get excellent performance out of it.
The build quality is certainly there in the Current Designs kayaks that I own. And they’ve taken great care of me on the 2 occasions that I’ve had a service request. So I’d give a thumbs up to a Sirocco.