This recreational kayak ups the ante on the industry-changing Santee 126 by adding an oversized cockpit, and it does so without sacrificing one iota of performance. In other words, you can still track like you’re on rails, still carve turns, still have more fun than should be legal in most states. The 126 Sport gives you room for fishing gear, photography equipment, and camping gear too ― whatever you need. The cockpit is a spacious 55 x 24 inches, and 55 x 24 = a whole lot of comfort.
Available with a sport console: $1,199
Read and submit reviews for the Santee 126 Sport.
I bought this boat after I had hip replacement surgery 3 years ago. Previously I was paddling my beloved 17 ft wood kayak I had built 10 years previously. The cockpit on the wooden kayak was 29.6 inches bu just under 16 inches making it dangerous to enter. The Hurricane has a 50 something long cockpit which is too large but I have the "Dashboard" which reduces the length by 15 inches. The boat tracts extremely well dur to the flexible hull which inverts to provide a stabilizing channel. While it won't set any speed records the kayak is easy to get going despite the somewhat teardrop hull. At 75 I will be able to paddle for many more years to come.
For a small and large cockpit kayak this is a great product. The hull design makes it almost as fast as a kayak at least 2 feet longer. Its beamy enough so that it rides waves well, yet low enough to the water so as not to get caught up in the wind. Turns well and with little effort. Secondary stability is amazing. If going out in chop you should have a half cockpit cover to keep some of the water out.
I would highly recommend this kayak to anyone who wants light, strong and quick as a primary or secondary boat.
Yes, the Santee Sport is much lighter than similar kayaks, but the hull is very weak, and great care must be used entering and exiting the boat. Within the first two months the latch on the rear hatch broke, and the bolts that hold the seat in place pulled through the plastic seat frame AS I WAS TRYING TO CROSS A CHOPPY LAKE! It is a very attractive looking boat, but the quality is just not there.
I purchased a Santee 126 Sport brand new in 2016. I selected this model for the wide open cockpit it offers and the lightweight construction. Purchased the optional Sport Console for keeping additional items and handy water bottle holder. Like the Gear Trac that came with it where I mounted a Yak Attack paddle holder when I need to put it away to take a quick photo.
The only 2 negatives I have is the sides flex too much when gripping making an exit. Improvement is need there for reinforcement. The other is the seat back which should of be higher for better support. The later models now have a seat back to my understanding.
Nicely balanced and never felt it would tip over on me. Love the Mango color.
Bought in Spring 2016. I've had it down in the Florida Keys and I've had it out in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Mostly use it for local day trips to small lakes and local rivers in Illinois. Light weight was the key for me. Getting to old to to put a 70+ lb canoe or kayak on the roof of my SUV alone. Large cockpit entry makes it easy to get in and out. Comfy seat makes longer paddles comfortable. Haven't tried it yet but I think I can get enough lightweight camping gear in it for a 3-4 day trip. Paddles well. Very stable, I've done a lot of fishing from it and haven't come close to tipping it yet. Very pleased with
Have had this yak for a month and put many miles on it. Overall it is one of the nicest light-weight boats (39 lbs.) I have ever paddled. It is very stable. My 16-foot kayak is only a little bit faster than this boat. Fit and finish are second to none.The larger cockpit makes for easy entry/exits as well as having items readily at hand. Setting foot pegs is so easy, I often adjust while paddling to give my back and seat a rest. Seat is contoured and has several adjustments for bottom and back. Be nice to have a cockpit specific cover as the seal 7.0 is a bit too big and therefore does not sit very well and hook is on wrong end. This is a superior product and easy to put on car. Great price for a great kayak!
Now, I won't say "you get what you pay for", or the hull material is "flimsy", this is a nice boat but also a "delicate" boat.....I saw one that had a long crack along the cockpit cowling perhaps from someone putting all their weight on it getting in or out, (I heard the company has taken steps to address this issue though, and not a good idea to sit on a boat made of thin material anyway).
Bottom line this is a really nice light weight and economically priced boat that should last a good many years if you handle it with care...maybe don't sit on the cockpit flaring full weight to get in or out for example, I've seen other boats too that would not stand up to that, to be fair.
I plan on doing some ocean paddling , and if water comes in the bow as some mentioned, will get a "half" skirt, and "presto", a sea kayak.....what the heck, before the kayak boom, people would be out there in open canoes. Oh, love the padded carrying handles, easy on the palms.
So, the only "con" is I'd like the material to be stiffer, but that would also mean a stiffer price, and there are enough things to like about the boat to make me happy with my purchase.
Is the kayak perfect, well no. If you are in large waves the large cockpit will take some water on. I have other kayaks for large waves and believe the Santee is a good rec kayak.