Customer Reviews

Some reviews copied from our Facebook page or posted in, thanks to all.

 Hi Steve, I would like to thank you for a pleasant experience. Seems less of a financial exchange and more like making a new friend.
Thank you for all your help and advice. I was delighted to get home in the wind and rain  and be able to take my new Romany classic off the roof and on to my shoulder in one movement. And then balance the boat in mid air, on my arm [and my arms are not that strong] to tip the water out. That balance in the design is exactly what I hoped it would allow me to do.
Best regards

I got a Celtic cranked paddle with carbon blades from Steve to trial and loved it so much I bought it.
I had been suffering from tenosynovitis and Steve knew straight away which paddle I should try. He is so helpful and knowledgeable about anything kayaking related.
Southern Sea Kayaks comes highly recommended. Very happy customer:-)

Stephanie De Ruiter

Massive thanks to Steve for sorting me my NDK Explorer I absolutely love it!, such a friendly knowledgeable chap that really gets you sorted for what you need and will get the boat perfect for you. 
Highly recommended if your after a new boat, parts/accessories or repairs give Steve a shout!. Legend!
Cheers! Mike Parnell

When I first emailed Steve to arrange a test paddle he replied quickly and was friendly, professional and enthusiastic. We discussed which kayak would best suit my needs and before long I was paddling one of Steve’s Romany classics out to Brownsea island. Steve was very flexible about the time and date for my demo-day and was happy to let my wife come along for a paddle too.

My many questions about outfitting, handling and colours were answered with patience and enthusiasm and Steve even took the time to give us a rescue and rolling session after we’d polished off his tea and biscuits!

I’m now the proud owner of my own Romany Classic with custom fitted bucket seat which, thanks to Steve’s extensive knowledge and skill, fits me like a glove.

My wife and I are delighted to have met Steve and would not hesitate to recommend his services, whether you’re interested in a new boat or some first class coaching. We will be back down to paddle the Jurassic coast with him in the near future.

Dave Cheshire

Hi Steve,

Have today received my expedition trolley along with hand written covering note from Ronnie at KCS. Very pleased with the trolley and no problems getting wheels into rear hatch of boat.

Many thanks for your help in obtaining trolley and such a rapid and friendly service.

I hope to be able to do business with you again soon and will certainly recommend you to others.

Best wishes

Ben Wall

Great coaching from an excellent paddler - was able to give really focused advice in a great setting.

Michael Luis Garcia

Kayaks suitable for my size, amazing choice of colours, plenty of options and great build quality. Steve was able to let me demo the boat I was interested in and had lots of hints and tips on how to get the best out of it. My dream kayak built to order. Very happy!


Sue Varley

Custom 50/50 pilgrim

I bought my Romany Surf from Steve after he recommended it to me when I visited his place near Blandford. We went out for a paddle so that I could get the feel of it. Steve's knowledge and experience is second to none. He was extremely helpful and gave me the confidence to know that I was buying what was best for me. Having just spent the last week in the Scillies with my new Romany I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I love it! I couldn't be happier with the service Steve gave and the beautiful boat I have bought.


Mark Galliver

Romany Surf

I purchased a Romany Classic from Steve and can’t thank him enough for taking the time and trouble to make sure everything was a perfect fit for me. Certainly to be highly recommended, and a pleasure to deal with. Cup of tea wasn’t too shabby either! thanks 

Mark Beaumont

Romany Classic

Steve is very knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. It took me a while to decide as I was torn between the Romany classic and surf. Several visits, numerous emails and messages, testing fit, demo and final fitting of my new surf, throughout Steve's service was exceptional. Thanks for your help and patience.


Paul Brain

Romany Surf

Steve has a somewhat un- rivalled passion for sea kayaking (could say obsession really!) I have purchased THREE boats through Steve and he has always been professional, courteous and helpful. He has a wealth of knowledge in and around the Jurassic coastline should you wish to be guided by SSK, Always a pleasure to meet up and paddle with Steve and you will certainly be coming away with more than just new skills, maybe a new NDK boat!!


John Brooks

Romany Sport

Southern Sea Kayaks is small outlet for obtaining a great sea kayak and paddles etc to take your skills that little bit further and your journey in life that extra mile .
Steve Jones is very helpful and is more than happy to share his wealth of knowledge and experience to point his customers in the right direction .
I personally found Steve very helpful and nothing is too much trouble to keep me afloat .
He did a fantastic job on fitting a keel strip on my new Romany, quality ...


Richard Ballantine

Romany Classic

Steve provided excellent advice and service when I was choosing and purchasing a new Celtic pro paddle; nothing was too much trouble & and it's great having someone with that friendly expertise 'on the doorstep'. Now looking forward to trying and hopefully buying the new Romany LV Sport !


David Powell

I ordered a composite Romany Surf in Sept 2016 through Southern Sea Kayaks, great service, great boat, a pleasure to deal with. 

Couldn't recommend the dealer, the brand or the boats anymore highly. 
Demo some, place an order, and you could find your happy place too!











Rich Holt


Custom Romany Surf

I bought a Romany Sport and Steve was a great help in ensuring that I fitted the boat properly. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he has subsequent been great with advice regarding keel strips-a top man


Chris K

Romany Sport

Thanks everyone I really appreciate your comments.   SJ

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