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Reviews for Abaco 13.5 Kayak by West Marine


Rated: 9.5/10 Based On: 2 Reviews

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04-28-2014
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Rating: 9 of 10

     In comparing this West Marine offering to other SOTs designed to accommodate 2.5 people, this seemed to be identical to the Perception Tribe also manufactured by Confluence, but at a lower price point.

Pros: eight scuppers (trial and error Ocean Kayak small plugs optional) that work well, without keeping the occupants wet, heavy but sturdy and very stable tri-hull supports 550lbs. functional center seat position allows good control as solo paddler, and most can sit cross legged if optional back rest/seat is not used. Good handle locations for portage. Storage: small center screw type compartment, bungee cords front and rear with well on stern.

Cons: heavy, weather cocking, not available from other than from West Marine in CT

A great value SOT that makes for a versatile rec kayak.

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04-16-2014
Submitted by: scupperSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     This appears to be identical in all but color to the Perception Tribe. Purchased for as a rec. kayak for people with small children or dogs, this versatile voluminous 2.5 person sit-on-top kayak is very functional, paddles very well. Price on sale made this a great buy.

Pros: molded seating for tandem or solo use, bungee front and rear, built in comfortable side and end T style carry handles, strong shell without the worry oil can deformation, functional scuppers, tracks well even in light winds, value, accommodates any seating system,small center storage chamber. Very stable, surf suitable.

Cons: heavy but justified by capacity of up to 550lbs.

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