The look, speed and agility is wonderful. It is a bit tight…
The look, speed and agility is wonderful. It is a bit tight in the cockpit for gear, but has a very dry hold in the stern. It has all the bungi straps you could want. The only serious problem I found it there is no strength on the deck, to help you get out of the kayak. The hull is also very susceptible to cracking, because it is so thin. Hurricane Corp customer service is the best. I seriously damaged the hull, and they sent me a new boat without me asking.
I have had my Santee 116 for at least 5 years.…
I have had my Santee 116 for at least 5 years. I bought it when there were fewer lightweight kayaks on the market. As a smaller woman I have liked the weight of it. My only complaint is that it doesn't track as well as I would like. I have put it on and off my vehicle numerous times, even in a single day, and had it drop accidentally more than once and it hasn't broken. This year I took it into the BWCA on the east end where there are rocky portages and landings. We took it over 14 portages on the way in and the same portages on the way out. I encountered waves on a larger lake, but with a spray skirt I stayed dry from the lake. With 18" waves I was making little headway but turned in the shelter of an island into a slightly quieter part of the lake paddling where I needed to camp for the night. It survived the trip just fine. I'm looking for another kayak only because I now have a dog I want to bring in my kayak and it won't fit in the cockpit. Among the kayaks that top my list is the Santee 126 Sport. I'm hoping it is as durable as my 116.
I was looking for a light weight recreational kayak for use mostly…
I was looking for a light weight recreational kayak for use mostly on lakes. The Santee 116 is made of Tryon which needs a bit more attention than the standard kayak but the smooth surface glides thru water like butter - or faster. The Santee 116 tracks exceedingly well. I love the paddle holder and the ease of adjusting the foot rests. This model has a very adjustable seat - the absolute most comfortable kayak seat I've ever had the pleasure to use. Besides all this, the Santee 116 in neon green is gorgeous!
The Santee 116 is my first Kayak. I purchased it at the…
The Santee 116 is my first Kayak. I purchased it at the recommendation of a friend. I was a little bit skeptical of a kayak that weighed less than 40lbs but I fell in love with the fit and finish and the light weight was a plus. I couldn't be more pleased.
The Santee is quite fast and tracks well even in somewhat turbulent coastal water. Furthermore, the customer service at Hurricane is outstanding. When my girlfriend's Santee was badly cracked during transportation, she received a lengthy email with detailed instructions on options for doing the repair.
The kayak's weight is due to the use of Trylon for it's construction. Repair required special preparation and materials and it was all detailed for us. They offered free material and parts. I'm so glad that I purchased a Hurricane.
This my second Santee 116. I love the boat, I…
This my second Santee 116. I love the boat, I used it year round in the Mass. Ocean. BUT, the boat it too delicate. It tends to flex, or buckle every time I enter or exit. They also crack very easy. Hurricane corp is the best. They replaced my first boat, due to the hull broke open, without me even asking. It is just too flimsy. Other than that, I love it.
I picked up an older (2009) Santee 116 a few months ago…
I picked up an older (2009) Santee 116 a few months ago for $300. It is a great little boat for exploring the creeks, marshes and cypress swamps around Wilmington NC. The light weight and short length makes it easy to get on and off the truck rack. It tracks well and is very easy to maneuver. The cockpit is smaller on the older models so I am able to use the spray skirts from my other boats(Seals 2.2)
My only complaint is the high back seat back. It makes self rescues and recoveries more difficult and is also uncomfortable for me. Fortunately the seat back is removable without modification and was easily replaced with a NRS backband. The toe room is tight. If you have feet larger than size 11 you will be bare-footing.
I had the Santee 116 kayak for quite a few years and…
I had the Santee 116 kayak for quite a few years and loved it, it was comfortable and easy to handle, had to give it up because it was to hard to get in and out at the age of 72, got a cheap model with a long cockpit, should have got the 116 sport model instead. Still promote Santee.
I purchased my Hurricane Santee 116 last year after borrowing my sister's…
I purchased my Hurricane Santee 116 last year after borrowing my sister's. With Hurricane's composite material, it is the lightest weight kayak I could fined of its class. It glides through the water, has comfortable rigging, a large storage area, and plenty of room inside for me. Additionally, it is one of the best looking boats on the water. I always get compliments. I love my Santee and recommend it to everyone who wants a roomy, lightweight flat water boat.
I've had my Santee 16 for a few years and it has…
I've had my Santee 16 for a few years and it has become our "go to" kayak. It's such a stable, sturdy and lightweight kayak. It's width makes it less tippy and therefore perfect for the novice paddler. It tracks straight and I can almost keep up with my husband in his Santee 135. I find it great for checking out the quiet coves with my camera.
Recreational kayaks must compromise between tracking and maneuverability. The other compromise is…
Recreational kayaks must compromise between tracking and maneuverability. The other compromise is between speed and stability. The Santee does all of these things remarkably well. It is also light, stiff and beautiful as well as durable. If you don't love this boat after you've paddled it, you just need to learn to paddle.
My wife owned this boat as her first kayak for two seasons…
My wife owned this boat as her first kayak for two seasons. Light weight and being able to get the boat on and off the car were high on her list of criterion for selecting this boat. Actual experience with the boat, which was used by myself occasionally, a teenage daughter, and my wife, was mixed.
It was very stable and very well manufactured. And light. But it did not track well for any of us, and that aspect was very frustrating. This year we traded the kayak for a Hurricane Tampico 135L and that is a much more satisfactory boat. For the first time, my wife feels that she can actually control the boat and is enjoying our trips together, rather than always complaining about the tracking of the boat.
Just picked up a used Hurricane Santee and could not be happier…
Just picked up a used Hurricane Santee and could not be happier with the boat. The boat looks great and is light as a feather. The trylon material it is made of looks like a fiberglass boat. The boat is as stable as a rock and tracks very well too. The storage in the bow and stern are very handy and very uncommon on a boat this size. Love the boat and looking forward to paddling it more.
I enjoy the few times I have been out immensely. My…
I enjoy the few times I have been out immensely. My experience is limited though, so I can't really give a review versus owning another kayak.
It does really well. I can track straight in it, and it does pretty well in all the environments I have had it in. I do wish it had a little more seat to it though.