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Isle au Haut

by Lincoln Canoe and Kayak

The Isle Au Haut boasts lots of speed while maintaining a nice level of stability for a comfortable paddle. Designed for acceleration and glide, the Isle Au Haut is a terrific choice for someone looking for power and efficiency on both day trips and longer expeditions. This sleek and sexy sea kayak is a great choice for everything from a quick evening paddle to a multi-day tour through the Deer Isle Archipelago, where it's namesake sits prominently in the distance. 

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I purchased a used, older style kevlar Lincoln Isle Au Haut, it…

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I purchased a used, older style kevlar Lincoln Isle Au Haut, it was heavily used (abused) as a demo boat and by a Main coast kayak guide. It had several gel coat cracks as well as cracking of the hull/deck tape/seam. Kevlar is a very light weight material but is also flexible. The gel coat cracks were in the hull adjacent to the hatches. The kajaksport hatches are very stiff to put on if not treated w/303 lubricant. It appears that w/repeated forcing on of the stiff hatch covers the hull was flexed creating the gel cracks.

After purchasing the boat I consulted w/Lincoln, I reinforced the hull and deck w/fiberglass, I also had the gel coat and hull tape repaired. The boat is still very light but it is now stiffer. I would caution anyone purchasing a kevlar only boat for this reason.

I am 5'9" 170lbs the Isle Au Haut fits snug, I have done 4 day camping trips, careful packing is essential. The hull has very little rocker, this makes for good tracking but slow turning - I would not recommend this boat for rough water or surfing where a more rocketed hull and fuller bow would be necessary. It also has a fair amount of weather helm, paddling in a cross wind is tiring requiring the use of the skeg. The bow could use more volume as it tends to submerge when surfing or in a following sea.

The New Isle Au Haut has a different deck and cock pit design, Lincoln has also added options for carbon etc for construction which would improve the strength. This is a good boat for coastal day and weekend touring. Lincoln makes a high quality kayak that is light and durable.

I own several other hulls, rock garden plastics, surfskis, and a rowing…

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I own several other hulls, rock garden plastics, surfskis, and a rowing shell and have been looking for a high end light sea kayak for touring that would be stable, fast, and easier to load than the heavy plastic boats. I’ve been through a long list of possible boats and finally tried an Isle au Haute up at Newbury kayak. I was sold in the first five minutes. The staff at Newbury commented that it was the shortest test paddle they had ever seen. The boat is stable, fast, tracked well, and very responsive. This is my go to boat now. I’ve been taking it out in progressively rougher conditions and find the boat a pleasure to paddle adding a few more hours and many more miles to my typical morning outings. My only regret is that I didn’t make this purchase sooner.

Due to back surgeries, and being last when paddling with younger friends…

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Due to back surgeries, and being last when paddling with younger friends I decided I wanted a lighter kayak with less rocker and more waterline than what I already owned. I read the previous reviews about the Isle Au Haut that talked about easily loads / unloads onto a vehicle and ease of carrying it. All comments were quite true. Tracking and stability is excellent. I had tried other Lincolns and decided on this model in Kevlar Light at 38 pounds because of great fit for my body size. I am very happy with both design and quality in manufacturing the kayak.

The Isle au Haut in Kevlar is a joy to paddle.…

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The Isle au Haut in Kevlar is a joy to paddle. I am 73 years old and came in second in my category in a 6 mile race in the Adirondack Lakes of New York. I can easily carry/load and unload the kayak on to my car. I have gotten a top speed of 7.2 miles per hour (GPS maximum speed) on a flat lake. The tracking is excellent and a slight bit of skeg handles most wind conditions. I purchased the boat for workouts and fast trips. I am 5'8" and 160 pounds and the cockpit seems to agree with me. I definitely recommend the Isle au Haut for the senior paddler who wants to cover distance in comfort.

I am a Master Maine Guide for Sea Kayaking and work alone…

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I am a Master Maine Guide for Sea Kayaking and work alone, with an outfitter, and race besides. I have owned a kevlar Isle au Haut for over two years. I honestly can say that I use it over most of my other boats or those that I have access to (Wilderness Systems, Current Designs, Hurricane).

It is easy to carry especially after a long paddle when you are tired. It follows a line easily and performs well whether using a regular touring paddle, a wing paddle, a bentshaft paddle, or a greenland style. The chines make it very stable (great for rescues of others). I don't weigh very much, yet I find that it tracks well regardless of wind, wave, and other conditions even without a rudder or skeg. Before I have to deal with weathercocking, others have lowered their rudders or deployed their skegs.

I have raced in it and found that it wasn't quite as fast as some of the 15' boats, and without a rudder very difficult to turn a quick hard hairpin turn needed sometimes in racing.

I would prefer to have a few of the extras found on the Eggamoggin (day hatch and special cockpit storage). My biggest complaint comes in the back band/rest assembly. It just doesn't work as installed or even changed. I would suggest that the rear of the coaming be lowered to allow easier greenland style rolls and to change the backband/rest to a different model and installation.

I had heard from a local paddler that the Isle au Haut…

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I had heard from a local paddler that the Isle au Haut was a nice boat, but I was skeptical due to Lincoln's somewhat stodgy reputation. While working at a boat demo recently, I had the chance to jump into one and it was a real revelation. This is a NICE boat! It's stable, yet feels good on edge. It tracks well, but carves leaned turns nicely. It's roomy, comfortable and the thigh braces are well placed. It's also lighter than most comparably priced boats, due to its glass/Kevlar layup.

After bouncing around in it in 1-3' chop and 15-20 knot winds, I was left with the impression that this is a very capable sea kayak. Since my time in the boat was limited, I cannot speak to it's durability but I haven't heard of any problems with Lincoln boats. If I were in the market for a new boat, I would definitely give the Isle au Haut serious consideration. I'd say that it compares very favorably with the CD Gulfstream, which is a similar design. The only reason I'm only rating it an 8 is that I haven't spent enough time in it to give it a thorough test.

BTW, I also paddled the Eggimoggin briefly and it felt quite similar, but it has much higher volume.

For reference, I paddle a Nordkapp HM and also own a Walden Passage and a CD Slipstream (my girlfriend's boat). I've paddled at least 30 other models of sea kayak, mainly glass and wood designs.