I was first aware that RTM were releasing a new fishing kayak when they included a small image of the Rytmo ("right-mo" or "rit-mo" depending on how you pronounce it) in their 2016 catalogue earlier in the year. The photo was of poor resolution but enough to see that this kayak had the potential to be very interesting. A quick message to one of the guys at RTM in France and soon enough i had the CAD designs of the new kayak and was sworn to radio silence until they officially released it. The designs looked incredible!
The Rytmo looked to be the love-child from a romantic hook-up between the Tempo and Abaco. The hull looked to be near identical to that of the Tempo, one of the fastest plastic fishing kayaks currently available on the market and the deck had several features taken from the Abaco and included a few new ones too.
I needed this kayak! Prototype hulls were created in May, full production started mid-June and mine arrived into the UK at the start of July. I was very excited to see this kayak in the flesh and i was not disappointed. Here she is fresh out of the bag, a RTM Rytmo Angler in Grey Storm....
RTM Rytmo Angler
Length: 4.56m / 14ft 10in
Width: 72cm / 28.3in
Height: 34cm / 13.3"
Weight: 29kg / 63.9lbs
Max. Capacity: 180kg / 396lbs
RTM Tempo Angler
Length: 4.5m / 14ft 8in
Width: 67cm / 26.4in
Height: 34cm / 13.3"
Weight: 24kg / 53lbs
Max. Capacity: 170kg / 375lbs
- 1 Large Bow Hatch with Gear Bucket
- 1 Centre Storage Hatch
- 1 Centre Round Rubber Hatch
- 1 Large Tankwell Storage Area
- 2 Flush Mount Rod Holders
- 1 Adjustable Rod Holder
- 2 Slide Tracks
- 2 Footwell Rubber Storage Pockets
- 1 Buoyancy Foam Block Kit
- 1 Drain Plug
- 2 Paddle Keepers
- 2 Vertical Pole Clamps
- 4 Scupper Holes
- 4 Carry Handles
- Vario Footrests
- Deck Line and Tankwell Bungee
- Optional Rudder
- Optional Premium 'Deck Chair' Seat
A drain plug is sensibly located right at the nose. Further back is a soft touch rubber webbing handle. RTM Fishing decals also feature.
A decent sized rectangular hatch is up first and has a hard polycarbonate lid that hinges at the bow end. A small webbing clip keeps the hatch lid tight against its seal when closed. The excess webbing from this strap is kept tight against the hatch via a little retaining clip - this stops the strap hanging loose and rattling against a car roof in transport (there is nothing worse!) - a superb little addition! The centre hatch lid is going to make a great surface to mount a fish finder and other accessories.
Hull Design and Construction
As previously mentioned, the main hull of the Rytmo closely follows that of the Tempo with the deck taking features from the Abaco. The sharp bow and stern will see the Rytmo push well through messy conditions, just like the Tempo, although this will be tested soon when i get on the water. The hull has a moderate amount of rocker too.
A standard seat simply clips onto the D-rings fore and aft of the seating area, as shown below with a RTM Luxe seat. This is the seat i use in the Tempo and find it very comfortable for my paddling style, so will be using this as the main seat in the Rytmo.
Its very comfortable, actually its super comfortable!! It certainly raises your centre of gravity on the kayak though, which feels strange to me having always used standard seats. I'm sure it wont take long to get used to. I probably wont be taking this seat when paddling on the open sea but i can see its uses for comfort when fishing at anchor in calm conditions in estuaries and rivers when you often have to sit and wait long periods for bites, and where comfort would be very welcome!
The deck layout seems to be well thought-out. The centre hatch is a very welcome sight, as is the rectangular section in the tank well for a crate. The option to fit a rudder is great and will appeal to some. I've never owned a kayak with a rudder so it will be interesting to see how it affects paddling performance. Build quality and construction is top notch too.
So far i'm very impressed. I'm now looking forward to rigging it for fishing and getting it on the water for its first paddle. There will be follow up blog posts with photos and videos soon!
How much and where to buy?
The RTM Rytmo Angler is available to buy through Cornwall Canoes, an authorised RTM stockist. You can check out the Rytmo on their website by clicking here. The first stock of the Rytmo Angler arrives into the UK in Early August!