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Eclipse 116 DLX Reviews
I loved the Pelican…
I loved the Pelican International Eclipse, it's versatile and easy to maneuver on the water. The storage area isn't huge but it's usable for anyone that is out for the afternoon. This boat does track well and provides some wonderful comfort where some other boats do not.
We purchased 2 Eclipse 116DLX…
When these 11'6" sit-on-tops…
Anyway, they got constant use during our lake-front vacation by my wife, two boys (ages 10 and 13) and I (6'2" 225 lbs). We were completely delighted with their rugged construction and performance. They were stable and tracked well - once we got acclimated to them. With adjustable footrests and backrest they were comfortable too. The kids were able to dump them horsing around but they had to work at it. According to my GPS I could easily maintain a 4MPH speed.
I'll probably get a bigger paddle but other family members were happy with the one included. Although rated at 350 lb capacity the scuppers won't completely drain the cockpit at more than about 225 lbs load.
Even at the regular price this is a great value for the casual kayaker.
I recently bought the Pelican…
I have had it out numerous times in canals, rivers and the ocean. This is a very stable kayak with good speed. It tracks well in calm waters, but only fair in slightly windy or tidal currents. The paddle was too short and substandard. I replaced it with a 230cm Harmony and got much better performance. Also the standard model Eclipse does not come with dry storage hatches. It has locations for a large forward hatch and rear small dry bag hatch. I opted to buy a forward hatch and install it myself.
This kayak has standard adjustable foot pads and a back rest that work well. The seat well does not have scupper holes and it stays dry. This kayak also handled small ocean swells well with very little splash coming over the bow.
All in all with about $125 in upgrades for a new paddle and storage hatch, this is a nice, comfortable and affordable beginners kayak. I bought it as my second kayak. My first kayak is an Islander Makai, its a great little kayak, but not as stable as I would like for my 6 foot 200# frame.