Choosing a Pinguino Sport: The Pinguino Sport's cockpit will fit a wide range of Adult size paddlers. Paddlers hoping to find a bit more space in the cockpit, compared to an average touring kayak, will be pleased. Paddlers with long legs and larger shoe sizes will be especially appreciative of the 13" deck height. Use her on open saltwater coastlines, bays, lakes, and meandering rivers. An excellent choice for fishing and photography. Though the Pinguino Sport is a recreational kayak at heart, she has the soul of a sea kayak, so don't be afraid to take her out in the surf (check out Canoe & Kayak's review of the Pinguino Sport as a surf boat). The Pinguino Sport's size also makes her an excellent choice for stowing on the deck of a larger boat for day paddling from a "mothership".
Our first recreational kayak design, the Pinguino Sport is a great choice for paddlers who want the quickness, lightweight, and joy of paddling a Pygmy, but prefer a roomier cockpit, and high initial stability. It’s larger cockpit and greater stability make it a perfect choice for fishing, photography, bird watching, or a relaxing day on the water. Penguin is Spanish for Penguin and, like the penguin, the Pinguino's short and broad appearance belies its grace, quickness and agility on the water.
Design Features: The Pinguino offers our multi-chine hull design, to maximize efficiency and stability, with a raked stern and swede form shape, it is a unique design in the Pygmy line up. The Pinguino's shorter length and lightweight make cartooning and carrying to the water a cinch. The Pinguino accelerates quickly, and is nearly effortless to hold at cruising speeds. It tracks solidly, but thanks to its shorter length is quick to turn. The Pygmy four panel deck design, with recess rear cockpit, brings the sheer of the boat down and in, so even with a 25.5" beam, the Pinguino is still comfortable to paddle, even for those with a steeper paddle stroke. The standard cockpit opening for the Pinguino is 19"x36", and for those wanting to outfit the boat for more extreme paddling, hip pads and key hole knee braces are available. The Pinguino Sport can also be ordered with a 17"x33" cockpit opening for smaller paddlers.
A Fun Design for all Levels of Paddler: The Pinguino Sport took its maiden voyage at the 2008 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, where paddlers of all skill levels were able to give it a try. Feedback was excited and positive, it was obvious from the smiles that the Pinguino Sport was loved by everyone who paddled her. For those who like the high initial stability of the Pinguino Sport, but would like more room for touring, be sure to checkout the Pinguino 145.
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