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Stellar 14' Touring Kayak (S14)

14' 3"
Length
23.6"
Width (in)
33.7–41.9
Weight (lb)
$2,050
Base MSRP

Stellar 14' Touring Kayak (S14) Options

  • Advantage

    36.4 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • Excel

    34.2 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite
  • Ultra-Woven

    33.7 lb
    Carbon Composite
  • Sport

    41.9 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • Multi-Sport

    36.4 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite

    Stellar 14' Touring Kayak (S14) Description

    Unlike other boats of this length, the S14 has the speed of a much longer boat, but beginners can feel comfortable paddling it. A large hatch in the stern allows for ample storage for day and overnight trips, while the retractable skeg in the stern helps with tracking. Its short length and light weight make it ideal for those who want a high performance boat, but are short on storage space or frequently car-top their boat.

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    Stellar 14' Touring Kayak (S14) Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • 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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    5

    I'm very happy with my…

    Submitted by: Eauboy on 10/12/2020
    I'm very happy with my Stellar S14'. I'll keep this short, since I'm not a particularly skilled or experienced paddler. I've been renting recreational kayaks like the Tsunami 140 (Wilderness Systems) for five years, paddling on the same stretch of the Potomac river after work or on the weekends. I've enjoyed the experience, but wanted to paddle a much wider variety of local rivers and lakes. I did a bunch of research, and settled on the Stellar S14. My closest retailer was Virginia Beach Paddlesports, and I was very impressed with the level of service and support. Stellar inadvertently shipped me an S14LV (low volume) version of the boat. They were, however, very understanding of the situation and let me keep the LV version until they could manufacture the correct boat. As a result, I have several months of experience with the LV, and relatively less with the S14. This review is for the S14, but references my experience with the LV. The boat does have moderate/low initial stability compared to the Tsunami 140. This was particularly evident in the LV version. "Tippy" is the word I used to describe the LV. I almost swamped the first time I took it out, and had a few other nervous moments in the first several weeks of paddling. In all cases, though, the boat righted itself quickly. I learned to trust that provided I didn't actively make things worse, the boat would quickly pop back up. This effect was less pronounced in the S14, so I'm even more confident in this boat. I wanted a lightweight boat, and got it with the S14. I'm easily able to car top it (Mini Cooper), which is crucial to routine use. At 36lbs, the S14 is easy to handle. The difference on the water is a bit trickier to quantify. Like I said, my experience mostly has been with the Tsunami 140. That relatively heavy boat sits in the water with authority, tracking well and unbothered by chop. The S14 in comparison seems to more *on* the water than *in* it. It seems to bob more, and only tracks well with the skeg partially deployed. Buuuuut, it's so light. Once you get some momentum, it does exactly what you want it to. Like another reviewer wrote, I may never use the rudder, although I'll probably play with it just so if I ever find myself in a dicey situation I'll know what to do. I'm pleased with the S14 and have no regrets. Having my own, lightweight boat has been liberating. I must have paddled a dozen different spots this year, and look forward to plenty more years on the water. Oh yeah, it's a pretty boat that gets lots of admiring looks and compliments.
    5

    Most of my kayaking is done…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/9/2020
    Most of my kayaking is done on protected saltwater bays in Southeastern Massachusetts and Southern Rhode Island, although I do like to put my kayak on a roof rack and travel to inland lakes and rivers too. I purchased a Stellar S14 a couple of years ago from Charles River Canoe & Kayak in the Boston area. They are a great kayak dealer because they have a wide selection of comparable kayaks and gladly encourage you to take them down the street and go for a test paddle in the Charles River before purchasing. I previously had a Hurricane Tampico 140S (discontinued several years ago and replaced by the Sojourn 135 and Sojourn 146 models) which is also a great kayak but made from a different polymer so the weight was 45 lbs and I wanted to get the weight down some more so the Stellar S14 at 36 lbs met the requirement while being very similar. (I also test paddled the Wilderness Systems Tsunami and Alchemy Dagger before previously selecting the Tampico 140S but they were 55 lbs each). The lighter weight makes it easier to put the Stellar S14 on a rooftop kayak carrier and to portage the kayak when necessary. The major difference between the two (other than the weight) is that 1) The hull of the Stellar S14 is a lot more rigid so it seems to ride above the waves better and has less hydrodynamic drag whereas the floor of the Tampico 140S would visibly flex while underway and has more hydrodynamic drag. 2) The stern of the Tampico 140S was like a flat paddle which made for great tracking even in stiff crosswinds whereas the Stellar S14 requires up to full skeg to track decently in a good crosswind. Both are great boats for their price range, but the price of the Stellar S14 was double the Tampico 140S. There is one more factor - Both the Tampico 140S and the Stellar S140 have round bottomed hulls so getting in and out of them is not as easy as the chined hull kayaks like the Tsunami and Dagger, but once you figure it out its not a deal-breaker. All-in-all, I am very happy with my Stellar S14!
    5

    This Stellar S-14 (Advantage…

    Submitted by: paddler578955 on 1/15/2020

    This Stellar S-14 (Advantage layup) kayak is my first made of fiberglass/composite. I'd previously owned/paddled an Ocean Kayak rotomolded boat and an Eddyline Sandpiper. The Stellar is my favorite of the three by far. Here's why... First, this boat is light enough for me to place on my vehicle and paddle 3-7 times per week. Weighing in at just 36 lbs., I can easily transport it on my Toyota Landcruiser (Hullevator rack) or Honda Accord (Yakima/Thule SUP Taxi rack). Second, the combination of lightness and stiffness makes it a very nimble, responsive, and quick boat. With the drop-down skeg all the way up, the boat is quite playful; with it all the way down it tracks straight, even in wind and waves. Positioned in between, you can fine tune the skeg depth to get the best of both characteristics. And while this kayak comes pre-fitted for a rudder, I doubt that I'll ever need one. Now for aesthetics: this is a very beautiful kayak. The fit and finish is excellent. And so far the gelcoat appears to be quite durable. Mine is brilliant red, with grey accent stripe down the middle. Now for two caveats: The boat is a bit narrow, at 23 1/2", so for some it may feel unstable when getting into and out of the boat, especially at a dock. But once you are settled down into the cockpit, and start to paddle, the stability of the boat is excellent. Because of the materials used in its construction, it is not ideal to launch or retrieve from gravely shallows, unless you don't mind scratching the slick hull. I do mind, so when I launch from a bank, I do so in water deep enough to float the boat with our the hull scraping the bottom. I paddle in lakes and coastal bays. For those environments, this boat is completely satisfying: easy to transport, fast, lively, and a whole lot of fun. Note: I originally posted this review anonymously, but wanted to edit slightly. Sorry for the duplication...

    5

    This Stellar S-14 (Advantage…

    Submitted by: paddler578157 on 1/13/2020

    This Stellar S-14 (Advantage layup) kayak is my first made of fiberglass/composite. I'd previously owned/paddled an Ocean Kayak rotomolded boat and an Eddyline Sandpiper. The Stellar is my favorite of the three by far. Here's why... First, this boat is light enough for me to place on my vehicle and paddle 3-7 times per week. Weighing in at just 36 lbs., I can easily transport it on my Toyota Landcruiser (Hullevator rack) or Honda Accord (Yakima/Thule SUP Taxi rack). Second, the combination of lightness and stiffness makes it a very nimble, responsive, and quick boat. With the drop-down skeg all the way up, the boat is quite playful; with it all the way down it tracks straight, even in mid and waves. Positioned in between, you can fine tune the skeg depth to get the best of both characteristics. And while this kayak comes pre-fitted for a rudder, I doubt that I'll ever need one. Now for aesthetics: this is a very beautiful kayak. The fit and finish is excellent. And so far the gelcoat appears to be quite durable. Mine is brilliant red, with grey accent stripe down the middle. Now for two caveats: The boat is a bit narrow, at 23 1/2", so for some it may feel unstable when getting into and out of the boat, especially at a dock. But once you are settled down into the cockpit, and start to paddle, the stability of the boat is excellent.
    Because of the materials used in its construction, it is not ideal to launch or retrieve from gravely shallows, unless you don't mind scratching the slick hull. I do mind, so when I launch from a bank, I do so in water deep enough to float the boat with our the hull contacting the bottom. I paddle in lakes and coastal bays. For those environments, this boat is completely satisfying: easy to transport, fast, lively, and a whole lot of fun.