Reviews for Pelican 15.5 Canoe by Pelican International
Based On: 6 Reviews
07-29-2013Submitted by: crash127
It's a good boat has a lot of flex to it. The bar in it moves over time. I would buy again... only if it was on sale.
07-25-2013Submitted by: canoeman123abc
I bought this canoe 5 months ago and I could not be happier that I did. Well made, tracks well and is only 80 lbs. My girlfriend and I love it. I had read a few reviews that said most people had problems with the seats but that is not the case here. Bass Pro Shops put it together and they did a great job! I would buy this product again and I tell all my friends what a great canoe this is.
09-28-2012Submitted by: rb56
ok i gave a review on my 15.5 (see below) and i still love the boat, but i hate prefab stuff. i had the rear seat break loose and contacted pelican. they sent me a new seat under warranty and got it yesterday. i am still exhausted from putting that darn thing in. the good thing was the redesign of the seat as it bolts to the inside of the boat was an improvement,but still it looks weak. they put flanges on the corners of the seat. when i removed the old seat and put the new down in place it was 4 inches too narrow. i guess it had spread some. i bolted one side then stood the canoe on it's side. with my son's help, to push down on the side and line the holes up was one ugly wrestling match. we finally got both bolts in and secure. i know proper tools such as a pipe clamp would've helped but shouldn't require a special tool. as long as the seat holds...ok. as they put the holes on the corners of the seat it's just a small tab that looks like it could break easily. plus the seat is different from the others and looks odd. i knocked them down a little on my rating but...if you use it, things happen.
09-20-2012Submitted by: rb56
I was looking at kayaks at Academy Sports, actually for exercise after congestive heart failure when I saw this canoe. What swayed me was at times having someone with me and the price. Academy's price on the Pelican 15.5 was at least $200 less than anywhere at $279. I was totally new to canoes and was wanting it to fish the banks at the landings.
I have been very pleased with it and had a lot of fun adding on to it and fishing from it. I made a transom and added a minnkota c2 trolling motor, a hummingbird depth finder and other small add ons. As for the Pelican 15.5 canoe itself, it's Ram-X like Coleman and, other than the seats, I see no problems. The seats however on the sides have a tab that folds up and bolts to the canoe. between the seat and tab is just a thin strip of plastic. what makes this bad is they don't secure the pedestal to the floor and it can move just enough to cause a tear in the thin plastic. in 3 mo. my seat was torn completely lose and I'm avg. build at 6', 185. I've ordered a new seat under warranty and added small 1 1/2 in. L's from the pedestal to the floor. there is a tube in the bottom so i didn't put a hole in the bottom.
Other than that, for the money I love the boat.
09-12-2012Submitted by: rb56
I'm new to canoes and bought my first this past spring, a Pelican 15.5. I knew little about any but it appeared to be a quality product, but the seats are a disappointment to me. on the end of the seat is an ear that bolts to the side of the boat. the seat is molded plastic and the ear is connected to the seat by a thin strip which isn't 1/16 of an inch thick and has some flex to it. the pedestal though isn't secured to anything and sit on the front edge and the pedestal moves back on the floor. sit on the back edge and it moves to the front. what happened to mine was on the edge of the ear it was so thin it started to tear. i have taken metal L's used for shelves and put one in front and rear of each pedestal, that prevents the bottom from moving which keeps the tear from starting. it should have been secured to start with.
07-14-2011Submitted by: depot7254
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I've had a Pelican 15.5 for a couple of years now and it is great. I keep it down by the lake and use it a couple of times a week in season. I have brought it for three day excursion on the DE River, paddling in ME and the ADKS.
It's stable, I can paddle freely, fish and even bring my wife and 2 year son on it. I put Gander Mt seats with backs over the molded seats, it carries a good amount of gear and is maneuverable. I recommend it for anyone with a family or anyone who is using it for lakes and calmer rivers.
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