Maybe your right arm is stronger than your left; maybe your body tilts east when you really wanna go west; or maybe your personal gyroscope hasn’t worked since the '90s. Whatever the case, the inability to paddle your recreational kayak in a straight line makes your experience on the water, well, challenging. Not to worry. That problem is solved with the Santee 116, a rec kayak that’s easy to paddle in a straight line! The Swede form design makes it simple (and fun and rewarding and spirit-lifting) to get from point A to point B . . . without wandering to all points in-between. You can toss enough gear in the ample rear hatch for a serious day trip, hit a river or lake or coastal inlet, and cut a smooth steady trail across the water. As a bonus, you won’t tear a rotator cuff putting the 116 on your roof rack because it tips the scales at a svelte 38 pounds. (Spoiler alert ― the Santee 116 won’t fight you when you paddle. It’ll work with you, so you’ll end up having a blast.)
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Recently got to test paddle the Santee 116 lightweight boat. I genuinely loved it ...it almost slid thru the water by itself. As senior citizen , I was looking for a light weight boat. Yes... the water was calm that day ...but it is a calm water boat in my opinion. seat was comfortable for the time I spent in it. If $ 's were not a subject, I'd add this boat to the fleet or 1 of the other Hurricane boats.
As a 65 year old paddler, I can't say enough good things about the Santee 116 Sport which I've had now for about two years. First of all, it's a beautiful and well-made boat. I chose the bright orange on white for high visibility since I often paddle alone on North Carolina's lakes, rivers and coastal waterways. The second best feature is the weight, coming in at 39 lbs., it allows me to easily raise it on to my RAV4 as well as haul it to my put in spot. Another key feature that is very important in selecting a boat is how this recreational kayak tracks for its size - very impressive. I also have a Necky 13 and the Santee 116 tracks just about as well. An over-sized cockpit allows me to easily enter and exit as well as set up my camera on a tripod for wildlife photography. I can also take along a grandchild with plenty of space for both of us. It has all the other features you would expect such as sufficient decking bungee, excellent dry storage, a paddle holder, and an attached metal security bar to run a cable through to lock it up if needed. Kayaking should be fun and something you look forward to. I’ve had five different make and model kayaks over the past fifteen years and right now, this is my top boat. As a senior citizen, the Santee 116 Sport by Hurricane is truly an incentive to get out and explore the great outdoors. I fully expect it will serve me well on into my 70's. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me is the lack of a drainage plug and the foot braces sometimes give way in the locked position.
The Santee is quite fast and tracks well even in somewhat turbulent coastal water. Furthermore, the customer service at Hurricane is outstanding. When my girlfriend's Santee was badly cracked during transportation, she received a lengthy email with detailed instructions on options for doing the repair.
The kayak's weight is due to the use of Trylon for it's construction. Repair required special preparation and materials and it was all detailed for us. They offered free material and parts. I'm so glad that I purchased a Hurricane.
My only complaint is the high back seat back. It makes self rescues and recoveries more difficult and is also uncomfortable for me. Fortunately the seat back is removable without modification and was easily replaced with a NRS backband. The toe room is tight. If you have feet larger than size 11 you will be bare-footing.
It was very stable and very well manufactured. And light. But it did not track well for any of us, and that aspect was very frustrating. This year we traded the kayak for a Hurricane Tampico 135L and that is a much more satisfactory boat. For the first time, my wife feels that she can actually control the boat and is enjoying our trips together, rather than always complaining about the tracking of the boat.
It does really well. I can track straight in it, and it does pretty well in all the environments I have had it in. I do wish it had a little more seat to it though.