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Based on our proven Islay 14 adventure touring kayak, the Islay 14 SOT translates the same performance characteristics into a Sit-on-Top format, adding a touch more stability and accessibility as a result; perfect for newcomers to the sport, anyone with accessibility concerns, or just those who prefer a sit-on-top kayak.

Choose This Kayak For:

  • - The freedom of not being sat inside the kayak, without the usual performance compromise.
  • - A highly stable adventure touring kayak you can easily remount if necessary.
  • - A sit-on-top that doesn't overwhelm you with unnecessary features, but is suitable for mounting those you need.


Slender Bow & Stern

Slice cleanly through the water and engage for great tracking, with a vertical stern cut-off giving maximum waterline for optimal hull efficiency.

Wide, Flat Hull Mid-Section

For ample stability to be able to truly relax, with moulded channels to aid tracking and increase hull rigidity.

Swede Form

Widest point behind the paddler for stability without hindering paddle strokes.

Large Rear Storage Area

Secure, bungee retained storage of larger items such as bait boxes, coolers, or dry bags.

Toggle Handles

Used for carrying, or for keeping hold of the kayak after a swim in moving water.

High Sided Cockpit Area

Prevents waves splashing into the seating area, giving a drier ride.

Paddle Park

Store your paddle safely whilst fishing, taking photos, or just relaxing.

Cup Holder & Storage Tray

For immediate storage of drinks bottles and smaller items such as sunglasses or fishing tackle.

Scupper Holes

For automatic self-drainage of the cockpit and rear storage areas.

Moulded Carry Handles

Side mounted, solid handles for solo carrying and easier boat management during roof rack loading.

Large Bow Hatch

Water resistant storage of your picnic or camping gear, featuring a market-leading KajakSport hatch cover.

Deck Lines

Running along the perimeter for increased boat handling options, particularly during rescues.

Security Point

Attach a cable lock to secure your kayak during storage.

Available with Skudder™

Venture’s proprietary Skudder system means you can have the best of both a skeg and rudder, aiding tracking when partially deployed, and increasing manoeuvrability when deployed fully.

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AS Watersports
"This boat is a great touring sit on top, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and I’m ordering some for my tuition fleet!

Manoeuvrability - Now we are talking! This boat has something to offer which is quite rare in Sit On Top kayaks; A skeg, common in all of Ventures touring kayaks they have seen sense and introduced a skeg into their touring Sit on Tops. The Skeg enhances tracking and is particularly useful in windy conditions but also for general cruising."
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Blue Decklines
Grey Elastics

Blue Decklines
Grey Elastics

Yellow Decklines
Grey Elastics


 External Cockpit
Length Width Volume Front HatchDay HatchRear Hatch Length Width WeightPaddler Weight Range
430cm 74cm 365l tbc NA NA NA NA 30kg <136kg
Length 430cm / 14' 1"
Width 74cm / 29"
Volume 365l / 96gal (US)
Front Hatch tbc / tbc
Day Hatch NA / NA
Rear Hatch NA / NA
External Cockpit Length NA / NA
External Cockpit Width NA / NA
Weight 30kg / 66lb
Paddler Weight Range <136kg / <300lb


Aids tracking in a straight line, can be fully or partially lowered to optimise performance.

Twist Lock Footrests
Adjustable footrests come as standard on Venture Kayaks.

Aids tracking in a straight line, can be fully or partially lowered to optimise performance.

Twist Lock Footrests
Adjustable footrests come as standard on Venture Kayaks.

The Skudder® combines the simplicity of a skeg with the efficiency of an understern rudder.

Smart Track Pivot Pedals
For use with Smart Track Rudder.

Fishing Rod Holders
Flush fit fishing rod holders to turn your kayak into a fishing platform.

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