This industry-shaking sit on top was designed with two words in mind ― performance and lightweight. With its low seat-pan and intelligent outfitting, you become one with the boat and the water. You don’t just sit on it, you paddle it, and with a touring style hull and lightweight Trylon construction, you glide across the surface. The Skimmer 128 features a generous bow hatch, a pair of day hatches, and an optional rudder, so it's ready for just about any adventure you can imagine. Finally, a sit-on-top that offers performance and style in perfect balance.
Available in Rudder Ready ($1,249) or With Rudder ($1,499)
Read and submit reviews for the Skimmer 128.
Overall I've been very happy with the boat. I've had it for about a month now and put at least 4 miles a week on it. Hurricane's niche is lightweight, and they certainly deliver.
I'm 6'2", 200lb and can easily maintain a 4mph pace all day in light conditions. To go much faster though, I really have to put a lot of effort in, with minimal results in return. The boat tracks well, is easy to steer and is very stable. I can stand up without any difficulty.
In rough conditions (2ft waves and winds of 8-12) the boat still handles well, but requires some maintenance to keep on track. White caps are the limit for this hull. In 4ft+, with waves every 4-8 seconds the boat has almost no stability as there isn't enough hull in the water to maintain balance.
If you're looking for a well made, lightweight recreational kayak that is easy to use and just plain enjoyable, you'll love the Skimmer 128.
This boat shines when in motion. It really, truly glides over the water. Amazing control. Soft interaction with water. It maneuvers on a dime. Very easy to paddle in the wind and chop. The only issue I have is that it is tippy. It's not a boat that you kick back in. You really wanna be in motion all the time. They advertise as a touring boat. So, no false advertising here. It is not a boat that you go out and kick back in due to it's tippy'ness.
I have kicked my legs over the sides of the boat, which helps a bit when sitting in one spot. I also notice when I put my paddle on my lap and hold on to the handles, it helps when not in motion. I'm wondering if knee straps may be the answer to keeping this boat from being tippy while not in motion.
I'm still keeping this boat. It is lightweight. Beautiful. Easy to handle. Absolutely wonderful in motion on any lake, big or small.
A sit on top cannot compare with the feeling of being one with your boat that a snug sit inside kayak provides, and the Skimmer is no exception. It is wider, rides higher and catches more wind than a sit inside, even though I weigh about 170 lbs. But the trade off is that I can now paddle for hours without pain.
A huge bonus is that, magically, the Skimmer tracks better for me than any previous boat--even my QCC. I used to need to take frequent corrective strokes. Unless the wind is very strong, I track straight and true in the Skimmer. I can also lift and carry it short distances. It is beautiful with a glassy finish that suction cups stick to well (compass, etc), the ABS like material is tougher than you would expect, the Skimmer has a lot of dry and wet storage, and is a great boat to take our 10 lb. dog out--he is a bow rider and there is room for us both in the cockpit. I do use some anti skid material for him to get a grip, though. My 225+ lb. husband paddles my Skimmer 128 with no problem. He is thinking of getting a Skimmer 14 for himself.
Pros: great tracking, maneuverable, light and fast paddling, fantastically comfortable and adjustable seat, roomy, stable, a lot of storage, light weight, beautiful.
Cons: extra buoyancy means it rides high, wish it was narrower and the seat well was lower, needs a decent cup holder or spot to attach a carabiner.
Otherwise, a great boat!
It is just a personal preference, but since I often have to boat up the evening before a paddle to get an early start, and since I live in Florida, it would have been better for me to have a removal seat that wouldn't get rained on during the night. The seat itself is very comfortable and adjustable, and I don't doubt I'm in the minority about that feature.
Other SOTs that I have paddled (Tarpon 100, Hurricane Phoenix 120, Perception Tribe 9.5 and Perception Tribe 11.5) don't come close to the performance and beauty of this boat.