Skimmer 116

11' 6"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Skimmer 116 Description

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. Hurricane solved that problem 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.)

Skimmer 116 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Bulkheads, ABS Plastic, Bow & Stern: Provide positive flotation
  • Hatches: 5.5” Bow Bulkhead & 10” Stern provide storage compartment access
  • Bow & Stern Deck Bungee: Provide storage for dry bag & gear
  • Paddle Holder: Secures paddle to deck
  • Security Bar: Cable lock your boat to the car or in storage
  • Outfitting: AireStream seat and foam thigh pads
  • Twist loc footbrace system: Easy adjustment from seated position
  • Luggage Grab Handle, Bow & Stern: Comfortable grip when carrying kayak during portage

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Skimmer 116 Reviews

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ok but the foot rests at 90…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/24/2021
ok but the foot rests at 90 degrees did the designer ever sit in one ?? your feet are at around 40 degrees

My Hurricane 116 skimmer is a…

Submitted by: angelfishes on 7/29/2020
My Hurricane 116 skimmer is a dream to launch and paddle ! At 42 pounds it slips thru the water with ease .I mostly Kayak fish ,occasional bird watching . In my part of Florida ,there's lot's of great water to paddle . The milk crate area behind the seat is good access for my gear . Front sealed hatch is waterproof ,as well as the small hatch at the seat .I'm 5'7" and feel very comfortable ,with adjustable foot rests. The adjustable seat back is wonderful ,but I added a Summit seat for longer days . Overall a good lightweight and well made kayak !

Light weight sot with a…

Submitted by: paddler776829 on 7/13/2020
Light weight sot with a framed seat that turns easily and is a joy to load and unload. I use it as a fishing kayak by adding a yak crate with 4 rod holders to the tank well. Great platform for a smaller person. At under 40 pounds, it’s easy to lift into the truck bed for transporting.

Nice lightweight (under 50…

Submitted by: johnmadill on 4/30/2020
Nice lightweight (under 50 pounds) sit-on-top. The hard plastic allows for finer lines than any polyethylene boat. I test paddled the ultimate version with a removable seat and bigger front hatch. The seat was comfortable but raised the center of gravity. So i opted for the standard model with a regular kayak seat on the floor of the hull. Puts your body more in touch with the boat. The seat back is nicely shaped to your back and is ventilated. Very comfortable on the showroom floor. But when you put on a standard life jacket the foam slab on the back of your life jacket instantly nullifies those seat back qualities. I suggest you invest in one of newer jacket models without a back. Then the seat is VERY comfortable. The only two things i would quibble about is the cupholder which is too far forward and the paddle keeper bungee which is on the left side and to the rear, not very easy to access for righthanded paddlers. Pretty colors and shiny finish, very attractive boat!

This very light kayak has…

Submitted by: Terrylou58 on 9/6/2019

This very light kayak has been a treasure. It maneuvers well and is very stable. It has ample storage, both dry and bungee. Getting it on top of my car is a breeze since it only weighs 42 pounds. A great kayak for ocean, lake or river use.


My Hurricane 116 has been a…

Submitted by: jaybojames1 on 8/1/2019

My Hurricane 116 has been a happy purchase. I was looking for a lightweight SOT kayak after struggling to car-top with a heavy tandem kayak. My Skimmer 116 is easy to move from the rack to the car top (a Subaru Outback) and get secured for transport. The boat has been enjoyable on the water as well. The seat is more comfy than the typical kayak, with better back support. The kayak is particularly nimble and fast for a sit-on-top, and tracks well. The only downsides are the lightweight trade-offs. First, the kayak does take some getting used too as it is a bit more tippy than the typical 10-12 pounds heavier 11-12 foot SOT. Second is the obvious cost difference; I did have to pay up a bit for the higher quality and lightweight construction. Overall I am happy with the purchase though. Ease of use has improved greatly for me, in terms of going from the garage to the water with less hassle and risk of injury manipulating a boat on my own. The only thing I wish I could do differently is buy the 128 rather than the 116, as longer would be a little better for larger guy like myself.


This kayak has been…

Submitted by: Terrylou58 on 6/11/2019

This kayak has been wonderful. It maneuvers easily, is comfortable for long ventures and because it's a sit-on-top it's nice and cool for these hot days in Florida. I also use it for fishing and it's nice and stable. Because it weighs only 42 pounds it's very easy for me to put it on top of my car.


My wife and I have had our…

Submitted by: Mitchlz on 8/2/2018

My wife and I have had our Skimmer 116s for a couple of months now and absolutely love them. As an older paddler with a bad back, weight was critical and the Skimmer hasn't disappointed--I can singlehandedly load ours without pain and my wife is eager to take them out on her own, as well, because she can easily handle them. The standard seat is quite comfortable, too.

Pun intended, but it only takes a few strokes and you're up to speed and skimming along nicely. Very stable. Other boaters and paddlers regularly tell us how nice they look both in and out of the water. Build quality is excellent and the finish differentiates them from almost any other yak out there. Absolutely satisfied with the purchase.

Thanks to the Backpackers Shop for special ordering the 116s for us when they only had the larger versions in stock.


I bought a Hurricane Skimmer…

Submitted by: angelfishes on 5/19/2016
I bought a Hurricane Skimmer 116. The cyber Green and White color is very attractive for my Florida paddling. I mainly was looking for a lighter sit on top kayak. With the 48 lbs, it's a pure pleasure to paddle and load on my car roof rack! Some nice features ,such as the front hatch and small water prove at the seat are handy. The soft seat contours well to my back, for the days adventure. No doubt this kayak was a good investment!

After trying many kayaks, I…

Submitted by: Sklepley on 9/9/2014
After trying many kayaks, I settled on purchasing the Hurricane Skimmer 116. At 42 lbs, this little beauty is perfect for me. I am a 55 year old female who loves the outdoors. I wanted a yak light enough that I could handle by myself, yet stable enough to fish from. I can car top it easily, carry to the beach or lake with little effort, and secure a milk crate on the back deck with my fishing gear. It glides easily through the water and I love the way it handles.

The seat provides all day paddling comfort. As a woman looking for a kayak, this one is a great fit for me. It also has a 300 lb. weight limit, unlike other lighter kayaks, so sharing it with my husband loaded up with cooler and fishing gear is not a problem.