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.)
Read and submit reviews for the Skimmer 116.
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 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 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 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.
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.