12' 6"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Quoddy Light Options

  • 28 lb
    Carbon Composite
  • 33 lb
    Fiberglass Composite

    Quoddy Light Description

    This beautiful new addition to the Lincoln line-up is perfect for the everyday paddler who prefers a kayak that is a bit smaller, fits a small paddler nicely and is easy to handle. This boat is as bold as its namesake is a lighthouse that sits on the edge of Maine, facing out to Canada. It's their smallest day touring kayak which allows for playful turns and stealthy maneuvers all the while offering superior stability. All this means that the Quoddy is a great boat for beginners to experts. It's the perfect companion for day paddles in fair weather.

    Quoddy Light Specs and Features

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

    Additional Attributes

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

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    Quoddy Light Reviews

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    I have had my Lincoln Quoddy…

    Submitted by: baferri on 3/6/2024

    I have had my Lincoln Quoddy Light for 3 years and I just love it. We actually have two of these boats in the family. I am 5'1" and about 145 lbs and mostly paddle on lakes. I can easily paddle my favorite 3 lake trek (about 6 miles) and still have enough steam at the end to carry my boat out of the water, get it on my car, etc. It has a perfect blend of stability, maneuverability, and speed. It is a dream on flat water and I handles rough waters with confidence. Its also a beautiful boat in and out of the water. I like the extended key-hole cockpit for ease of getting in and out or stretching my legs a bit and the shape of hull sheds water nicely. The bulkhead storage is ample for my needs and although it is a hard fiberglass seat, i find it super supportive and comfortable. Foot pedals are easy to adjust and its super light, which i appreciate (I think it is around 33 lbs). I almost went for a cheaper boat and was so glad I was able to test out this boat before I made my final decision--I knew it was my boat the minute I gave it a spin. I know I'll have it for a good long time and would buy another one in a heartbeat. My only frustration is that it had a bit of crazing around the bulkhead storage compartment--the company offered to fix it but getting there is a bit inconvenient and I believe it is just cosmetic, so I haven't taken them up on it.


    Last year I purchased a new…

    Submitted by: paddler2699923 on 12/27/2023

    Last year I purchased a new Quoddy Lite from Lincoln Canoe & Kayak. It was my second. I purchased the first one some 25 years ago. That boat, though the paint is faded and it looks a bit shabby, is still going strong.

    The new one is a carbon composite, which I opted to pay the extra cost for because I am an aging kayaker and it is extremely light weight. I picked it up from the factory, then in Mass, and drove it home, shrink-wrapped, to New Jersey. A week or so after I had unwrapped it and hung it in my garage, I noticed a break in the gel coat on the top side of the kayak. I sent pictures to Marc, the owner of Lincoln; he initially said he would have someone pick it up and bring it back to the factory for repair, he then proceeded to ghost me.

    I thought it was only cosmetic. But then this season, the kayak began taking on water. It actually developed a split in the seam, possibly occurring when I used one of those roller set-ups available at some docks to help kayakers come ashore. When I first sent Marc the pictures, he suggested it had taken a severe blow. It had not!

    At any rate, the co is now in southern Maine. I had to incur the cost of driving the kayak up there and staying overnight to get it repaired. The boat maker, Ben, told me he had added extra layers of reinforcement but also said that carbon kayaks are generally quite fragile--which caused me to question why this model is touted on the Lincoln website as being ideal for the everyday kayaker, going on rivers, streams, lakes, etc.

    I do love the kayak itself. It is lightweight, tracks very well and is easy to handle. That said, Lincoln did not live up to my expectation of a company that makes terrific (and very expensive) kayaks. More than one kayak dealer I have since spoken to said they no longer carry Lincoln kayaks because the quality of their work has declined in recent years.

    I noted a lot of reviews raving about the Quoddy Lite on your web site, but it's worth noting that most were written some years ago. I would give my old Quoddy Light five stars, this one obviously not so much.


    Four years ago I…

    Submitted by: Gib on 9/4/2019

    Four years ago I transitioned from whitewater to flatwater kayaking, (Turning 60 can do that to you.) I scoured the internet and found a used Lincoln Quoddy Light in excellent condition in a neighboring state. It's a dream. First off, at 12'6" and under 35lbs (fiberglass construction), it's easy for me to car top to our local lakes here in central WV. Once on the water, it's even better. The hull is an asymmetric design with a slightly pronounced keel throughout its length, so it cuts the water like a warm knife thru butter - straight and true. Thanks to the soft chine and 25" beam, it's very stable - I have to work to tip it. This all adds up to a smooth, stable, relatively fast boat. The seat is not adjustable, but it and the backband are comfortable. And the thigh braces and foot pegs lock you in for a responsive feel - enough so that I'm learning to edge-turn... pretty cool for an old guy! With front and rear bulkheads and storage hatches, there's plenty of space for an overnighter. I'm no expert, but I think the Quoddy Light would be stable and predictable enough, in the right hands, to venture onto much bigger water, like the Chesapeake Bay, or Pamlico Sound.


    Purchased from the…

    Submitted by: Peter_S on 2/15/2018

    Purchased from the manufacturer a lightly used Quoddy Light back in October of 2017. I was only able to get out on the water 6 or 7 times before it got too cold but am dreaming of getting back on the water!

    First stroke of the paddle and I knew I had made the right purchase. The Quoddy Light paddles effortlessly and is extremely light, as previous reviewers have commented. I like to say that it is deceptively light, I can lift it with one hand! I have no problem lifting this boat over my head to put it on my truck racks.

    Adjusting the foot pegs is a simple twist and pull/push on a graduated rail inside the cockpit. The padded backrest is also fully adjustable to your comfort. The fit and finish of all Lincoln kayaks is impeccable, they are truly beautiful boats. You can expect to get a lot of questions and comments, Oooing and Ahhhing about your kayak, especially as you breeze pass other (slower) paddlers! I visited the manufacturing facility and was able to meet the owner (Marc Bourgoin, great guy) and witness the production process, ingenious and very cool! Well worth the trip if you live in New England.

    I am planning/looking forward to some overnight trips on Cape Cod this Spring. The Quoddy light has ample storage for my gear. I am really aching to get back on the water in this incredible Kayak!


    Lincoln Quoddy Light Kayak -- Why I love It

    Submitted by: John-Hall on 5/26/2017

    I just bought my third Lincoln Kayak, a Quoddy Light Carbon. Here's why. Lincoln boats are nicely designed, very lightweight, and won't bust your bank account. I want a kayak with a snug fit for efficient paddling, light enough to carry easily alone, including getting it on and off the car unassisted, on the shorter side so it can be easily stored and transported without catching too much wind on the car top, and handsomely styled.

    I've had my Lincolns out in big waves and even done some surfing. Now I'm 69 years old and that's why I chose the Quoddy Carbon. I can carry this 29 lb. kayak on my shoulder for a considerable distance to launch, and I can easily carry it, alone, out of the water even when it has gear in the storage compartments, so I can go back and help my wife with her Quoddy Light. People we see often compliment me on our kayaks and ask about them.

    If you are looking for a lightweight, stable boat, with styling and for a reasonable price, this Lincoln model is the way to go. Their longer touring boats are great too. Note: Most of our paddling is done in Midcoast Maine -- Muscongus Bay out of Bremen, Merchants Row out of Stonington, etc.


    Lincoln has redesigned the…

    Submitted by: lindasue on 6/6/2016
    Lincoln has redesigned the Quoddy Lite to be a lower volume boat, so it rides lower in the water, making it more stable in windy conditions. A skeg can be added, which really adds to tracking ease. This is important to me, given that the boat and myself are lightweights!

    I have done a lot of kayaking…

    Submitted by: BruceMcC on 7/8/2015
    I have done a lot of kayaking over the years but have often been quite frustrated by the poor performance of most plastic recreational boats. In the 1970's and 1980's I had a fiberglass white water kayak that I loved. The down side on that boat was that it didn't track well in flat water (naturally). About 8 or 9 years ago I had the pleasure of paddling a Lincoln Quoddy Light that my brother bought. It was a dream, it tracks beautifully and yet turns easily.

    Last summer I finally found a place to buy Lincoln kayaks and got a Quoddy Light LV (glass/composite). I love it. It is stable, responsive, but turns on a dime. It is also pretty light, so it is easy to put on and take off my roof rack. I wouldn't do class V white water in it but I am getting too old for that anyway. It doesn't have a lot of storage space but more than enough for day trips.
    Great boat.


    Love the ease of carrying…

    Submitted by: charlottea on 9/18/2014
    Love the ease of carrying this light weight boat, however, over the years the seat has become so uncomfortable that within 10 minutes in the boat my back starts to ache and my legs start to go numb. I am not alone in this as my friend has the same boat and is having same experience

    Male, 5'10" @ 150lbs, 5+ years of paddling and sales experience Pros:…

    Submitted by: paddler234780 on 9/19/2012
    Male, 5'10" @ 150lbs, 5+ years of paddling and sales experience

    Pros: lightweight construction, predictable primary and final stability, comfortable seat outfitting, maneuverable, tracks well for a shorter craft, Made in USA

    Cons: Lacks static deck lines, smaller cockpit runs on the smaller size

    Review: The Quoddy Light's performance is reminiscent of a much longer kayak. It tracks well for a 12'6" craft and does not shy away from agile, clean, and predicable turns. Its overall stability is forgiving and allows for an enjoyable paddling experience for...

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    My wife and I are experienced…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/24/2005
    My wife and I are experienced sailors but new to kayaking, and have lusted after kayaks for many years. After researching and trying out a bunch of different kayaks over the course of two months -- plastic, composite, sit-on-top, decked, recreational, touring, ocean, singles, tandems, short, long -- we settled on the Lincoln Quoddy. We could not be more delighted with our decision!

    First, let me point out that we got the fiberglass composite model -- no Kevlar in ours -- which brought the price down to US$1100 and the weight up to 35 pounds. This is still a good 20 pounds lighter than plastic models like the Pongo, and for us was a good balance of cost versus weight. Would we like the Kevlar model? Sure, but for us the 5-7 pound difference was not as important as the $1000.

    Having said this, our Quoddies are still light boats, and this light weight is hugely important. The boat is very responsive and easy to paddle for hours at a time, and it's no problem hoisting the boats on to the roof racks on our car at the end of the day. My kids also love to paddle the boats, and I'm sure a big part of this is that they are able to do so easily because of the weight. Moreover, because of the fore and aft bulkheads and the light weight, if you swamp the boat, it's still easy to right and drain, even in the water. The boat is also very stiff -- stiffer than the plastic boats we tried -- so more of the energy you expend paddling goes into forward motion. It's just a pleasure to paddle!

    It terms of hull shape, the boats do quite well in 1-2 foot chop and swells, and are easy to paddle against decent headwinds of 20 knots or so. I haven't surfed the boats on to a beach, but working through waves away from shore is no problem. We haven't pushed them extremely hard, but neither have we babied them, and the boats thus far don't seem to suffer any performance or handling problems in terms of inshore, coastal, or lake environments. Another aspect of the hull shape is the comparatively narrow beam compared to most of the plastic boats we looked at in this class. This not only makes the boat easy to paddle and provides for good tracking, but it also makes things easier on my back. Specifically, I had back surgery last year, and I found that wider boats required me to bend sideways more to reach a good paddling angle. For me, paddling the Quoddy is a very comfortable reach.

    Finally, the boats appear to be well made both inside and out, and we have gotten many compliments on how pretty they are in their matching Lincoln teal color!


    I have been paddling for 3…

    Submitted by: 2bfree on 2/9/2004
    I have been paddling for 3 full years now. I purchased the Quoddy Lite the beginning of last season (2003). I went from a heavy 50 lb touring kayak with a large cockpit to the Lincoln Touring with a small cockpit. I wanted something lighter that I could manuever myself ,if I had to, and also something that I could learn to play around with and have some fun. Maybe learn to roll! (I'm not quite as young as I used to be). The Quoddy Lite I purchased is made of kevlar and fiberglass and has a small, 17" cockpit. It's overall length is 12' 6" long. It didn't take too long before I fell in love with it. One problem that I had adjusting was getting in and out of the kayak with out dumping it! I still have and occassional swim without planniing on it. The Kayak is quite easy to maneuver and is fast. I think the Quoddy Lite is a good kayak and I would recommend it. I decided to try and kayak over a beaver damn while fighting a strong courant. After quite a while of fighting with the courant, I WON! If I had been in my old kayak, I never would have had the muscle power to do it. I was so proud of myself. I am out state and the sales staff made the the whole purchase go quite smoothly. If I had any questions, they were there to answer and mailed items to my home if I needed anything. I met the gentlemen who made my kayak and he is quite interesting and dedicated to his profession. Good Luck to eveyone who is purchising kayaks this year, it is a great hobby.

    My husband and I purchased…

    Submitted by: paddler229279 on 6/11/2001
    My husband and I purchased the Quoddy Lite in the spring time of 2000. I have been kayaking for 12 years and let me tell you this kayak is top of the line for quality. No matter if your in rough or calm waters it performs like no other... It is extremely light and very durable. This kayak is excellent beginners up to the pros. It is very fast and I found very comfortable. I have three teenage children abd they also enjoy using the boat. I paid twenty-three hundred for mine which is surprisingly cheap for what you get out of it. I plan to buy three more kayaks at Christmas time for my children and my husband. The Quoddy Lite is a DREAM COME TRUE!

    I had heard of the Quoddy…

    Submitted by: paddler229014 on 11/30/2000
    I had heard of the Quoddy long before I paddled it. I finally got a chance this September. I had to have it! I paddle mostly on the Westport River in Massachusetts. I have been out in considerable winds, perhaps twenty knots, and found the boat a dream. It tracked very well into strong headwinds, and was so easy on me, that when I got to my put in spot, I just kept on paddling! I had a power boat pass me putting out a good wake. The driver stopped and yelled out an apollogy. I smiled answering "No problem!" I enjoyed it, even my passenger, a Pekinese dog, didn't seem to mind. I don't know if it is just my weak posture, but my only criticism is of the back rest. I haven't found a comfortable setting for it yet. I will work it out though. I have a deep yearning to be paddling in this boat! In fact I wish I had another for guests!

    We bought our Quoddy Lites…

    Submitted by: paddler228343 on 12/14/1999
    We bought our Quoddy Lites late in the season so we only had a chance to try them out twice at about three hours each time. As soon as my paddle took it's first scoop through the water, I knew this boat could move. It tracks beautifully and is very fast. I love the weight of 30 lbs. and also find the seat and back band very comfortable, once you have it adjusted just for you. This kayak is a keeper and I look forward to many years of use. Can't wait for spring now.

    Excellent boat for exploring…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/3/1999
    Excellent boat for exploring quiet water. It is agile and speedy for its size. It tracks true, though I have not experienced anything more than moderate wind conditions. At only 30 lbs., comprised of glass and kevlar, what more can I say about ease of car-topping and portaging. With a beam of 25", this boat is in a different class than beamier boats of this length like the Pungo It encourages the development of sea kayaking skills to appreciate its full potential. My only negative with this boat is that the standard backband becomes really uncomfortable after about 30 minutes of paddling and I had to get a seat upgrade. All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoy paddling this boat -- as does my 12 year old daughter.