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.
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.