15' 7"
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Pelican 15.5 Description

The PELICAN 15.5 canoe is designed to be durable, stable and is great for multi-purpose activities like fishing, camping, or to enjoy a day trip with the family. All of our boats have been thoughtfully designed with the most convenient and comfortable features to suit each paddler’s specific needs. The outdoors is now within your reach with the perfect boat waiting for you.

Pelican 15.5 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo, Tandem
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Patented Ram-X material is known for its high resistance to impacts and will make your canoe last through time
  • Three comfortable molded bench seats
  • Three vertical flush mount rod holders to keep your hands free when necessary
  • Shorter than an expedition canoe and with two carrying handles, the Pelican 15.5 is easier to handle

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Pelican 15.5 Reviews

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Had the best time with my…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/24/2020
Had the best time with my daughter out on the lake. She was able to catch her limit and mine.when pulling up on shore all the kids around came to see her get out so of corse I had her take the fish. Never seen a little Kid-O so happy. 15 years latter still one of the best memories I have . I’ve been crippled for 13 years but I’m moving now and have three more little ones that are about to start whole new adventures with me and my beautiful wife! I finally have my own fishing team and never have to worry about having someone to go with. I do need one more canoe though! I will be connecting them!works great with a mini Kota just clamp it to the side you don’t need any kind of mount..

Canoe has a design flaw with…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/9/2020
Canoe has a design flaw with the way the seats attach to the sides. They are only held in place by a very thin fold of plastic that fails over time. Be prepared to order replacement seats, and center supports - because the replacement seats are a slightly different height - in the future (about $70 for each seat). Unfortunately this is a very common problem and replacement seats are all but impossible to locate online, even from Pelican. Too bad, because it has otherwise been a good canoe.

Rolls over very easily, the…

Submitted by: paddler800833 on 6/17/2020
Rolls over very easily, the seats have a high center of gravity. If you sit on the bottom it’s great but you get a wet ass.

Not recommended: You will be…

Submitted by: paddler779528 on 5/21/2020
Not recommended: You will be stuck with a canoe with poorly engineered seats that will completely break-off at the 90º fold just below where the seats bolt to the hull on each side. My rear seat snapped off at that bend. This seems to be a planned defect as the company has failed to take responsibility and issue a recall to fix this design failure. Instead, Pelican wants to sell its customers new seats and cone supports, which cost $40 per replacement seat, $23 for a new cone support, plus $30 for shipping. A $93.00 fix.

I enjoy the leg room and…

Submitted by: hcranert on 8/1/2019

I enjoy the leg room and storage on it. I would prefer a better back support and seat but it is still comfortable. Easy to maneuver.


Very smooth ride

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/30/2018

Very smooth ride


Nice kayak for leisure…

Submitted by: georgewilliams426 on 6/18/2018

Nice kayak for leisure kayaking.


Nice easy paddle and durable…

Submitted by: paddler438731 on 6/11/2018

Nice easy paddle and durable canoe for scouting type rough use. But after several years of use we are having seat failures. The way the molded seats attach to the canoe is very cheaply made and over time this attachment 'tab' breaks off. If pelican would come up with a better way of making the seats I'd give these a 5 star rating.


I own 2 Pelican canoes I…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/1/2015
I own 2 Pelican canoes I bought from Academy in Texas. Very good for my use. Light weight durable and easy to handle, tough enough to take the rocky river and creeks we go in here. Grand kids love going in them. Priced for easy buy.

Me and my canoe companions…

Submitted by: Bubbalo81 on 8/6/2015
Me and my canoe companions together plus accessories weight about 600 lbs and it floats us very good.However the canoe itself weighs a bit and not so easy to carry. Overall i do like/enjoy the Pelican 15.5

I bought one of these…

Submitted by: paddler236251 on 6/4/2015
I bought one of these recently after having hired one. I have also been on Old Town's (Scout and Discovery) and Venture Prospector. It is a very good canoe in a number of key respects. It is stable and tracks quite well. A few reviews I saw felt it was tippy. Relative to a ferry yes, relative to peers no. Compromise is speed. Relative to peers it is a little slower. Maneuverability is good. Weight is a little heavier than peers but material is too for bash resistance. For one or for two or for up to 2 adults and 2 younger children it is good.

Basically it perms average to good in everything apart from straight line speed. The new one I have is a win windriver. The quality of gunwales, seats and fittings seems much better than the older models - although the the design is the same.

Time will tell if I have any issues of seat cracking but it looks unlikely. The plastic is quite thick and the seats rest on the floor. Unlike some earlier models it is now easy to paddle kneeling and perched on the seat (you can put your feet under the seats as there is just a central seat support). The seats are a good height and the range of positions you can choose is good for different conditions and moving about on longer trips.

The hull hardly flexes at all compared to other boats I tried and the metal poles in the recessed keel grove adds strength and means small water in the boat does not get you wet. I would say as a compromise boat it is great. Go longer for major touring or shorter for maneuverability (single handed).

One boat for a range of uses though and I give it 10 out of 10.


I owned my Pelican 15.5 for 3…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/1/2015
I owned my Pelican 15.5 for 3 years. For a shorter tandem/three person canoe I thought it tracked well but moved slow. The plastic is soft, by the end of the three years the first layer was gone on the high points Bow and Stern. It is a decent entry level canoe but is overpriced if you pay retail. I bought mine clearance as a display model. I did enjoy how tuff and flexible it is on rivers. The class 3's on the Skykomish at Big Eddy were no problem for this canoe but the Coleman never made it past after 3 attempts. It misshapes allot in the sun, when it cooled the bottom was warped. Fun, family and fishing canoe, great on medium rivers that are not too fast. Had fun on the river as the salmon were spawning. I would rather get a used Old Town Discovery for another $100.

Not the best but certainly a…

Submitted by: paddler235450 on 2/27/2014
Not the best but certainly a good boat. The Pelican 15.5 is the first canoe I have ever owned. I have used canoes my whole life, I am 44, but this is the first one I have actually purchased and I got it used from a Boy Scout troop which was disbanding.

When I got the Pelican my daughter was a teen, living at home and I had a 75 pound Chocolate Lab who went with me everywhere. My daughter is now 23 and in the Coast Guard, she plays with slightly larger boats, and my dog died Christmas Eve so it is just me.

This is a bit of a big boat for one person. I cannot haul it in the bed of my truck and it is a challenge to get it over the roof of my truck and secured by myself so I am getting a kayak. That said, I am keeping the Pelican, for when family visit or my daughter is home, because it is an excellent canoe for what it is intended.

It tracks well, is easy to paddle, hauls a good payload, is stable and will take a beating from a load of teenagers. My one problem is the same as everyone else, the seats. I am a disabled vet with metal pins in my leg, I have gained a bit of weight... I'm fat, 'nuff said. These seats did not cut it. The thin strip of plastic, between the mounting strip and the seat, tore completely off on the rear seat, dumping me, rather unceremoniously, on my butt while taking a trip down the James River. The middle seat is headed that way.

I have found that stainless steel corner brackets, the long ones, some self tapping screws a few nuts and bolts (with silicon seal) and a little work with a drill can make the broken seats quite solid again. I also painted my brackets and screw/bolt heads to match the seats/canoe hull.

The one caution I will give, as to the use of this boat is this, it is wide enough that you need to be careful in your load plan. I often use the canoe as a "base boat" for a group of friends with kayaks and smaller canoes. We put a good sized cooler, bait, maybe a couple of tackle boxes, lunches, and assorted other stuff into the 15.5 footer. If I am not careful in the loading, I will wind up tipped to one side or the other and the thing will track in a circle. I also had to watch my dog for the same reason. 75 pounds of Lab, switching from starboard to port, can really mess up the balance of the canoe.

Having said that, The Pelican handles anything we have thrown at it including being way overloaded.
I like it.


It's a good boat has a lot of…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/29/2013
It's a good boat has a lot of flex to it. The bar in it moves over time. I would buy again... only if it was on sale.

I bought this canoe 5 months…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/25/2013
I bought this canoe 5 months ago and I could not be happier that I did. Well made, tracks well and is only 80 lbs. My girlfriend and I love it. I had read a few reviews that said most people had problems with the seats but that is not the case here. Bass Pro Shops put it together and they did a great job! I would buy this product again and I tell all my friends what a great canoe this is.

ok i gave a review on my 15.5…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/28/2012
ok i gave a review on my 15.5 (see below) and i still love the boat, but i hate prefab stuff. i had the rear seat break loose and contacted pelican. they sent me a new seat under warranty and got it yesterday. i am still exhausted from putting that darn thing in. the good thing was the redesign of the seat as it bolts to the inside of the boat was an improvement,but still it looks weak. they put flanges on the corners of the seat. when i removed the old seat and put the new down in place it was 4 inches too narrow. i guess it had spread some. i bolted one side then stood the canoe on it's side. with my son's help, to push down on the side and line the holes up was one ugly wrestling match. we finally got both bolts in and secure. i know proper tools such as a pipe clamp would've helped but shouldn't require a special tool. as long as the seat holds...ok. as they put the holes on the corners of the seat it's just a small tab that looks like it could break easily. plus the seat is different from the others and looks odd. i knocked them down a little on my rating but...if you use it, things happen.

I was looking at kayaks at…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/20/2012
I was looking at kayaks at Academy Sports, actually for exercise after congestive heart failure when I saw this canoe. What swayed me was at times having someone with me and the price. Academy's price on the Pelican 15.5 was at least $200 less than anywhere at $279. I was totally new to canoes and was wanting it to fish the banks at the landings.

I have been very pleased with it and had a lot of fun adding on to it and fishing from it. I made a transom and added a minnkota c2 trolling motor, a hummingbird depth finder and other small add ons. As for the Pelican 15.5 canoe itself, it's Ram-X like Coleman and, other than the seats, I see no problems. The seats however on the sides have a tab that folds up and bolts to the canoe. between the seat and tab is just a thin strip of plastic. what makes this bad is they don't secure the pedestal to the floor and it can move just enough to cause a tear in the thin plastic. in 3 mo. my seat was torn completely lose and I'm avg. build at 6', 185. I've ordered a new seat under warranty and added small 1 1/2 in. L's from the pedestal to the floor. there is a tube in the bottom so i didn't put a hole in the bottom.
Other than that, for the money I love the boat.


I'm new to canoes and bought…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/12/2012
I'm new to canoes and bought my first this past spring, a Pelican 15.5. I knew little about any but it appeared to be a quality product, but the seats are a disappointment to me. on the end of the seat is an ear that bolts to the side of the boat. the seat is molded plastic and the ear is connected to the seat by a thin strip which isn't 1/16 of an inch thick and has some flex to it. the pedestal though isn't secured to anything and sit on the front edge and the pedestal moves back on the floor. sit on the back edge and it moves to the front. what happened to mine was on the edge of the ear it was so thin it started to tear. i have taken metal L's used for shelves and put one in front and rear of each pedestal, that prevents the bottom from moving which keeps the tear from starting. it should have been secured to start with.

I've had a Pelican 15.5 for a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/14/2011
I've had a Pelican 15.5 for a couple of years now and it is great. I keep it down by the lake and use it a couple of times a week in season. I have brought it for three day excursion on the DE River, paddling in ME and the ADKS.

It's stable, I can paddle freely, fish and even bring my wife and 2 year son on it. I put Gander Mt seats with backs over the molded seats, it carries a good amount of gear and is maneuverable. I recommend it for anyone with a family or anyone who is using it for lakes and calmer rivers.