17' 2"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Isle au Haut Options

  • 44 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • 40 lb
    Carbon Composite

    Isle au Haut Description

    The Isle Au Haut boasts lots of speed while maintaining a nice level of stability for a comfortable paddle. Designed for acceleration and glide, the Isle Au Haut is a terrific choice for someone looking for power and efficiency on both day trips and longer expeditions. This sleek and sexy sea kayak is a great choice for everything from a quick evening paddle to a multi-day tour through the Deer Isle Archipelago, where it's namesake sits prominently in the distance.

    Isle au Haut Specs and Features

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

    Additional Attributes

    • Reflective Deck Line
    • Fiberglass Bucket Seat
    • Recessed Deck Fittings
    • Keyhole Cockpit
    • Retractable skeg
    • Rubber Hatches
    • Optional Add-Ons: Full keel strip & Skid plates

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    Isle au Haut Reviews

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    We learned how to paddle in…

    Submitted by: paddler547377 on 8/27/2019

    We learned how to paddle in the waters off of Deer isle-Stonington, and have had a love affair with Isle au Haut for decades. We began with Wilderness System Cape Horns, moved up to plastic Tsunamis, and then graduated to composite Tsunamis, all with rudders. We were initially attracted to the Lincoln IAH’s due to their delightfully light weight, and purchased a pair last Fall. We just returned from 2 weeks in Stonington, paddling 100 miles. In a word, the Isle au Haut’s performed brilliantly in all manner of conditions, from stiff winds, choppy seas, to waters as calm as a pond. Superlative glide and responsiveness. The hard chine takes a little getting used to, but once you learn to trust it, no worries. Five-star rating, HIGHLY recommended. The Lincoln Isle au Haut’s are worthy of their name. Ellen and Alan Gintzler, Burlington VT


    I'm starting my second…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/16/2018

    I'm starting my second season with an Isle au Haut, and I am in heaven. I paddle nearly every day out and around Vinalhaven, in Penobscot Bay, and this boat earns its name. In calm conditions it glides quickly and responds very nimbly. In heavy swells (yesterday off Heron Light) she feels very light but (once you learn to trust it) very stable through the rise and fall. Last week I took her through some breakers crashing over a ledge on a rising tide, and what a thrill. Like riding a butterfly in the wind. Managed to rip everything off the deck (water bottle, cell phone sack, etc.) in one large wave that crashed over my head, but the boat just cut right through and stayed on track. No regrets.


    After many false starts, I…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/5/2018

    After many false starts, I did not find my perfect boat until LC&K redesigned the Isle au Haut with a slightly larger cockpit and improved seat. I am just now getting to know this boat, and so far I am very happy with my purchase. It is light, tracks well, and the seat is comfortable (no more back stiffness after kayaking!). I have bought and sold three previous boats. . . this one is my keeper. Previous issues, for me, included excessive weather cocking (Borealis Ellesmere), leg numbness (Necky Eliza), and seat issues (P&H). I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a light, sea-worthy boat.


    I purchased a used, older…

    Submitted by: paddler237194 on 11/7/2016

    I purchased a used, older style kevlar Lincoln Isle Au Haut, it was heavily used (abused) as a demo boat and by a Main coast kayak guide. It had several gel coat cracks as well as cracking of the hull/deck tape/seam. Kevlar is a very light weight material but is also flexible. The gel coat cracks were in the hull adjacent to the hatches. The kajaksport hatches are very stiff to put on if not treated w/303 lubricant. It appears that w/repeated forcing on of the stiff hatch covers the hull was flexed creating the gel cracks.

    After purchasing the boat I consulted w/Lincoln, I reinforced the hull and deck w/fiberglass, I also had the gel coat and hull tape repaired. The boat is still very light but it is now stiffer. I would caution anyone purchasing a kevlar only boat for this reason.

    I am 5'9" 170lbs the Isle Au Haut fits snug, I have done 4 day camping trips, careful packing is essential. The hull has very little rocker, this makes for good tracking but slow turning - I would not recommend this boat for rough water or surfing where a more rocketed hull and fuller bow would be necessary. It also has a fair amount of weather helm, paddling in a cross wind is tiring requiring the use of the skeg. The bow could use more volume as it tends to submerge when surfing or in a following sea.

    The New Isle Au Haut has a different deck and cock pit design, Lincoln has also added options for carbon etc for construction which would improve the strength. This is a good boat for coastal day and weekend touring. Lincoln makes a high quality kayak that is light and durable.


    I own several other hulls,…

    Submitted by: paddler236961 on 7/19/2016
    I own several other hulls, rock garden plastics, surfskis, and a rowing shell and have been looking for a high end light sea kayak for touring that would be stable, fast, and easier to load than the heavy plastic boats. I’ve been through a long list of possible boats and finally tried an Isle au Haute up at Newbury kayak. I was sold in the first five minutes. The staff at Newbury commented that it was the shortest test paddle they had ever seen. The boat is stable, fast, tracked well, and very responsive. This is my go to boat now. I’ve been taking it out in progressively rougher conditions and find the boat a pleasure to paddle adding a few more hours and many more miles to my typical morning outings. My only regret is that I didn’t make this purchase sooner.

    Due to back surgeries, and…

    Submitted by: MartinRachels on 7/8/2015
    Due to back surgeries, and being last when paddling with younger friends I decided I wanted a lighter kayak with less rocker and more waterline than what I already owned. I read the previous reviews about the Isle Au Haut that talked about easily loads / unloads onto a vehicle and ease of carrying it. All comments were quite true. Tracking and stability is excellent. I had tried other Lincolns and decided on this model in Kevlar Light at 38 pounds because of great fit for my body size. I am very happy with both design and quality in manufacturing the kayak.

    The Isle au Haut in Kevlar is…

    Submitted by: paddler209503 on 7/16/2010
    The Isle au Haut in Kevlar is a joy to paddle. I am 73 years old and came in second in my category in a 6 mile race in the Adirondack Lakes of New York. I can easily carry/load and unload the kayak on to my car. I have gotten a top speed of 7.2 miles per hour (GPS maximum speed) on a flat lake. The tracking is excellent and a slight bit of skeg handles most wind conditions. I purchased the boat for workouts and fast trips. I am 5'8" and 160 pounds and the cockpit seems to agree with me. I definitely recommend the Isle au Haut for the senior paddler who wants to cover distance in comfort.

    I am a Master Maine Guide for…

    Submitted by: heronsflight on 1/21/2004
    I am a Master Maine Guide for Sea Kayaking and work alone, with an outfitter, and race besides. I have owned a kevlar Isle au Haut for over two years. I honestly can say that I use it over most of my other boats or those that I have access to (Wilderness Systems, Current Designs, Hurricane).

    It is easy to carry especially after a long paddle when you are tired. It follows a line easily and performs well whether using a regular touring paddle, a wing paddle, a bentshaft paddle, or a greenland style. The chines make it very stable (great for rescues of others). I don't weigh very much, yet I find that it tracks well regardless of wind, wave, and other conditions even without a rudder or skeg. Before I have to deal with weathercocking, others have lowered their rudders or deployed their skegs.

    I have raced in it and found that it wasn't quite as fast as some of the 15' boats, and without a rudder very difficult to turn a quick hard hairpin turn needed sometimes in racing.

    I would prefer to have a few of the extras found on the Eggamoggin (day hatch and special cockpit storage). My biggest complaint comes in the back band/rest assembly. It just doesn't work as installed or even changed. I would suggest that the rear of the coaming be lowered to allow easier greenland style rolls and to change the backband/rest to a different model and installation.


    I had heard from a local…

    Submitted by: bnystrom on 5/22/2001
    I had heard from a local paddler that the Isle au Haut was a nice boat, but I was skeptical due to Lincoln's somewhat stodgy reputation. While working at a boat demo recently, I had the chance to jump into one and it was a real revelation. This is a NICE boat! It's stable, yet feels good on edge. It tracks well, but carves leaned turns nicely. It's roomy, comfortable and the thigh braces are well placed. It's also lighter than most comparably priced boats, due to its glass/Kevlar layup.

    After bouncing around in it in 1-3' chop and 15-20 knot winds, I was left with the impression that this is a very capable sea kayak. Since my time in the boat was limited, I cannot speak to it's durability but I haven't heard of any problems with Lincoln boats. If I were in the market for a new boat, I would definitely give the Isle au Haut serious consideration. I'd say that it compares very favorably with the CD Gulfstream, which is a similar design. The only reason I'm only rating it an 8 is that I haven't spent enough time in it to give it a thorough test.

    BTW, I also paddled the Eggimoggin briefly and it felt quite similar, but it has much higher volume.

    For reference, I paddle a Nordkapp HM and also own a Walden Passage and a CD Slipstream (my girlfriend's boat). I've paddled at least 30 other models of sea kayak, mainly glass and wood designs.