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Puffin Saranac Description

Pakboats offers the convenience features of the Puffin Saranac, but in an even lighter package. And it even offers a deck option with two cockpits that can support spray skirts. The new Saranac hull and deck fabrics are very attractive and give the kayak a sporty new look. Optional Saranac decks offer one or two cockpits, making this kayak as versatile as it is good looking. Leave the decks behind for fishing convenience. Use the double deck for a day trip with a friend, or take the solo deck for a couple of weeks of camping. The Saranac will take it all in stride.

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Puffin Saranac Specs and Features

  • Structure: Folding
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Tandem
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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Puffin Saranac Reviews

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It's a versatile boat than…

Submitted by: paddler276076 on 5/21/2020
It's a versatile boat than paddles well. I own 3 kayaks (one rigid, one inflatable, and one folding - the Saranac), 2 canoes, and a few sailboats. The Saranac is versatile, light, and enjoyable to paddle. It is well made and has proven to be very rugged and durable. We have used this as a double, un-decked kayak and as a single decked or un-decked kayak. It moves along well, keeping up with hard-shell kayaks of similar length. It does well in lake waves up to 2 feet, with a single paddler not getting wet (with the desk and spray skirt on). In winds and when used as a double having the skeg is a big help. But clearly this boat has its limits on how rough things can get. It is very light weight for its length, which makes it easy to carry. We have traveled by car with it folded into it's carry bag, or assembled and on the rack on the roof. We have also flown with it as checked baggage. Assembly takes some practice to get the time down - it usually takes me around 20 minutes. Its light weight, portability, versatility to handle 1 or 2 people, and the enjoyment of paddling it make it a boat that gets used often. But if you plan to assemble and disassemble it regularly, please do practice that.

Its a great boat. Portability…

Submitted by: paddler417310 on 6/11/2018

Its a great boat. Portability is outstanding. Assembly is goid agter a few times. Very stable. I love paddling without either of the decks . I have the tandem and solo decks. I would recommend the removable skeg. Very durable. I ues it on southern lake michigan in waves and flat. Gun boat.


Great kayak/open boat which…

Submitted by: paddler417310 on 2/12/2018

Great kayak/open boat which is the configuration i like. Open. It came with a solo and double deck. Great for rivers, stable in moderate open water. Even more stable full of rain water. I got caught in a flash rain storm on lake MI. WIth a wall on the shore side. The wind was so strong initially it turned me around. Got turned around paddled into it. Once i reached an area with beach i had 4-6 inches of rain inside. Still paddled great.


I received the new Puffin…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/29/2012
I received the new Puffin Saranac 15ft with PolyUrethan hull and l have so far taken it on three trips. One on the Chesapeake Bay where I live the other two along the Blackstone river, near Lincoln, RI and Narrow River, Narragansett, RI . It offers great flexibility since it's very easy to change between a single to a double kayak. It's amazingly lightweight (just 27 pounds) and everything including, deck, seats, pump and sprayskirt fit in one bag.

This new version of the Saranac comes with 2 skegs which mounts under the stern which offers pretty decent tracking. It's very easy to assemble the kayak. It takes me only 20 minutes to assemble and less to dissemble. The kayak is very stable and feels very sturdy. For a big person like me (210 pounds and over 6 feet) it's easy to get in and out. The only downside is that the seat is not the most comfortable that I've used. I'm pretty picky though when it comes to seat comfort and will probably cut out some material and make my own adjusted back support.

The conclusion is that this is a great kayak for both shorter and longer tours. The price is also right so you cannot really go wrong with this one.