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Sedna

by Boreal Design

The Sedna is one of our most versatile models. Its arched hull shape and waterline length have been designed to provide stability and predictable behavior.  The Sedna is easy to handle, requiring minimum effort to maintain a good cruising speed. These characteristics are sure to appeal to the day or weekend paddler who love to go exploring in all weather and water conditions, without having the storing inconvenience of a 17 foot kayak. Comes standard with a rudder system.

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Very nice kayak with rudder system I haven't seen in any…

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Very nice kayak with rudder system I haven't seen in any other kayak. It's very responsive and makes turning super easy. Without the rudder you just have to load the cargo in balanced way to make it track. Also it feels very solid quality and looks good. Only downside that comes to mind is cockpit that feels a bit oversized.

Love the Sedna because it maneuvers a lot like a whitewater boat…

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Love the Sedna because it maneuvers a lot like a whitewater boat but also has super speedy pick up when you need to accelerate quickly in waves or coastal waters. Good cruising speed more like a touring boat and the tracking is not nearly as bad as some people on this forum seem to think. It tracks way better than a lot of higher rocker sea kayaks I've paddled and requires only slight correction with the rudder. This quickly becomes second nature and you don't think about it. The Sedna isn't ideal for long distance days and extended trips but it is superior for exploring wavy and rocky coastlines, sea caves, playing in surf, or paddling for fun and fitness.

A great all-around boat with Canadian quality. They are tough and well put together even though they eschew the fancy stitching and designer EVA cushions that make Necky and Wildy so flashy. These are classic looking and have great lines. Love just looking at this little boat. It is my favorite and I also own a Delta 16 and a Pungo 140.

Highly maneuverable for rock gardens and surf zones. Compact and easy…

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Highly maneuverable for rock gardens and surf zones. Compact and easy to transport. Well built. An excellent day touring boat at this price point.

Fit and finish on this kayak is excellent...good build quality. I read…

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Fit and finish on this kayak is excellent...good build quality. I read some review that says it doesn't track well but I do not know why. Mine tracks true in all sorts of conditions to the point that I often don't bother with the rudder. Comfortable seat. Good all around boat for paddling in the Puget Sound

This is the first kayak I have owned. I have used Necky…

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This is the first kayak I have owned. I have used Necky kayaks at my buddies dive resort for years and was looking to buy one at a local kayak sale. When I went I could not find a Necky model that fit me as well as this Boreal Sedna. I'm 6'5" and since it was the last one left I jumped on it. I have only had it out twice but I am very happy with it especially at the price I paid about 65% of the regular price. I found it quite fast and responsive and easy to steer with the rudder. It also feels stable. Not much else to say. For the price I paid I don't think I could have done better.

Just had my Sedna for a couple of weeks. It is a…

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Just had my Sedna for a couple of weeks. It is a sleek boat and tracks and glides well in the calm bays around our island the couple of times I have had it out. It is also light enough that I can get it on and off of my van myself. Mind you I am a tall dude.

The Boreal Design Sedna is a quality plastic kayak with pretty good…

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The Boreal Design Sedna is a quality plastic kayak with pretty good performance characteristics, at least ours is. I use this boat to take friends kayaking and my wife uses it as her primary boat. Boreal Design boats used to be made in Canada but are now made in Asia by a different company. I can not vouch for these new boats but our made-in-Canada kayak features a quality fit and finish of components and rigging that give you the feeling that you're in a boat that was expertly assembled by someone who shares your passion for paddling. Workmanship and materials are top notch for a plastic kayak.

The design has good and bad points in my opinion.

First the good:
Stable. Somebody who has never kayaked before can hop in, hit the water, and feel like a natural very quickly. I have had numerous friends who do not kayak use this boat, sometimes in moderately challenging conditions with no problems. Many tour companies in my area use this boat for rookie paddlers.

Maneuverable. When using the rudder, this boat will turn on a dime compared to my other kayak. This is very beginner friendly because when my non-kayaker friends want to turn they just pivot the rudder and the boat turns. They can just use an easy straight paddle stroke and let the rudder do the work instead of trying to turn by paddle stroke. The rudder is also very useful in wind and current to keep the boat on a desired heading.

The bad:
Tracks straight poorly. Without using the rudder, the boat's natural tendency is to turn at the slightest provocation. This could be a benefit to some people but I prefer straight tracking ability over turning ability. I do not want to be constantly focusing on keeping the boat going straight. My novice kayaker friends normally can not keep the boat straight so they revert to using the rudder. In my opinion it simply turns too easily to be a practical boat for non-rudder use. That is the only place where it loses points.

I have paddled the Sedna several times as my brother owns one…

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I have paddled the Sedna several times as my brother owns one, and there are a few things I have to share. First it is a comfortable kayak to sit in, and has plenty of room for the paddler. The hatch covers are nice, but would recommend keeping a little (not too much) lube on the lip to make for easier installation. It is a very attractive kayak, but I guess that is in the eye of the beholder. It is not fast, but average for a 15 footer.

The main issue I have had with the boat is due to being a soft chined hull, it tracks terrible if not using the rudder. You almost feel that you are dog tracking, and maybe even paddling on a angle. The rudder fixes this satisfactorily, but without, it is frustrating.

This is the worst kayak that I have ever been in.…

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This is the worst kayak that I have ever been in. I have been renting kayaks for over a year now to find one that I want to buy for myself. I tried kayaking in a Sedna, but I could not get anywhere. It kept pulling to the left continually. My friend was in a different model Boreal and did not have any problem, but we had to return our rentals after only 30 minutes since I could not get anywhere on the water.