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.
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A layer of Carbon Fiber is an ideal material to make your boat quicker and more responsive and it's at least 12-15% lighter than the standard layup.
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 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!
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.
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.
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...
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!