What Owners Say About their Hurricane Kayaks
I do want to let you know that I love my Sport Hurricane kayak. I searched and looked at many kayaks and even tried one that did not last 10 minutes in the water. The 35lb sport is great for me to carry and launch at 70 years and a woman. I use it in marsh area and open water. It cuts through waves like a hot knife in butter. It is stable and comfortable. The seat has different adjustments which is good for my 6' 2" husband and me at 5' 4". We have the lemon and the lime which are great colors to be seen while on the water. We love them and so do our kids when they visit.
thanks for a good product
Yvonne and Larry B
Jeff and I bought recreational kayaks six years ago as retirement gifts to each other and set about exploring the waters of Northern Virginia. When we moved to Coastal North Carolina and joined a kayaking club, we quickly realized that we could paddle nonstop and not begin to keep up with those who had touring kayaks. Although we benefitted from the great, upper body exercise, we needed different kayaks to endure longer, saltwater marsh and blackwater adventures.
Fortunately, Emma Thomas of The Adventure Company sponsored a kayaking demo where we tried kayaks by several manufacturers. From the start, liked the "feel" of the Hurricane. Once spring arrived, we organized a demo for our kayaking group so we could narrow down our choices. Emma patiently watched as we tried each kayak that she brought. Similar to "Goldilocks and the Three Bears, " one kayak was too long, one was too short, one was too heavy and one was just r-i-g-h-t! With performance, weight and cost in mind, Jeff and I decided on the Hurricane Tampico 135L for me and the 140L for him and are very happy with our decisions! The kayaks not only perform well, but also are easy to hoist onto our roof rack and carry to launch areas. In addition, they look great both in and out of the water!! Thank you Hurricane!!
Pam and Jeff D, Bolivia, NC
"After paddling over 15 boats at a dealer demo I went home hopelessly confused. The next week my sister came in from Georgia with her new Tampico and I paddled it less than 50 feet and knew it was the boat for me. As my local dealer didn't carry Hurricanes and went all the way to Georgia and got one and it was worth every mile. Thanks for building such a wonderful kayak!"
Cathy H-South Carolina
"Our trip out to Pictured Rocks was the highlight of our paddling so far. Our Tracers were so fast and effortless to paddle that we had to wait over and over again for everyone to catch up. But with scenery like we saw it was just another bonus on the day. Hats off to you guys….we shopped a lot of kayaks before finally buying the Tracers and not only are they great in the water; the price was fair."
Ryan and Amy- Ohio
"Thanks for the catalog and advice. I did go out and buy the Phoenix and you were right, it is so light and easy to load and carry that I am paddling more since I don't need any help. As soon as I get them printed I'll send you pictures of the heron rookery I snuck right in on. The Phoenix is very easy for me to control."
"We took paddling classes last month and the school used a lot of your boats. We were smitten and bought two Santee XL models the very next day. We would have written you earlier to tell you how much we like the kayaks but we're just having too much fun! We ended up getting more stuff loaded in the dry hatch for our little "expeditions" than we thought. Our neighbor is kicking himself for buying the heavy tank he got and keeps trying hard to get us to swap him for one of ours. Fat chance."
"I don't often send emails to manufactures that aren't concerning problems with their products so this is rare for me. Last weekend I bought two Tampico XLs for my wife and me only because the dealer was so high on them (and told me I could bring them back in 30 days for a refund). Your boats are simply amazing. We live right on a lake and have been out in all kinds of weather this week and loved every minute. As far as I can we've got everything going for us that we wanted in a composite but at half the price."
Jeff and Kylie-New York
"You have absolutely done it. This yak is definitely the finest FISHING YAK out there. For me a yak has to be a yak first and then if it fishes well, so much the better. As you know I have tried out, paddled and sold almost all of the name brands out there. This new boat is a yak fisking DREAM. My complaint with so many "Fishing Yaks" is that they are really just barges whose primary function is to make a novice paddler feel very stable. Many of the most popular models just do not paddle at all. A yak with incredible initial stability most likely is a dog. Hard to paddle and hell to turn. This yak paddles well. I do not go off shore often so the 14 foot length is perfect for me on the flats. I did purposely test it in 4 foot seas and 15+ knot winds at Cedar Key and it handled superbly. The hull is rockered and flared. (Swede Form) Good inital stability and excellent secondary stability. I cannot stand in it, but then I have trouble standing in my den. A younger thinner version of me could stand easily. The Trilon hull is supposed to hold up very well. The similar materials from Perception, etc have done very well in the Florida sun and on our oyster bars. The hull design, material and strength make this yak glide. I noticed immediately that you get more glide for your stroke than you are probably used to. It fishes very well. Have had reds, jacks, snook, spanish and trout on my fly rod. Very responsive when I wanted to reposition to fight the fish. The cockpit is big and uncluttered. All this for well under a $1,000. The Trilon material is as tough as advertised and tricked out mine weighs in at 56 lbs."
My wife and I have been considering getting into recreational kayaking for a number of months. Someone on a forum recommended taking lessons before diving in too deep. So...We finally decided to take a class yesterday with Bruce Clevenger at Quiet World Sports training center in Jackson, MI. Jackson is a couple of hours from our place in Northern Indiana. We left early yesterday and drove up for the class. It was a cloudy, dreary day, and a 10-15 mph breeze came up about noon. Most of the kayaks Quiet World supplied were Hurricanes. My wife spent the day in a Santee 116. She loved it and had a ball all day long. It was great to watch her smiling with the confidence that as a beginner she could do make it go where and when she wanted it to. She'd paddle over by me every now and then and quietly say, "I really like this one" and then paddle off. I spent most of the day struggling to control a flat bottomed roto-molded kayak and was fairly discouraged thinking I just wasn't getting it. At the end of the day she asked me to try the Santee. It took me less than a minute to figure out why she'd been so happy. Even on my first day out, I was in control of where it was going all the time even on a windy day on a fairly large lake. I loved it too and I was quickly thinking, "I'm getting one of these!" This rainy, dreary kind of day was an awesome experience for both of us. Thanks to Hurricane Aquasports! We're hooked on kayaking. Back at Quiet World we asked if there were any for sale, but the stock they use for classes had already been sold and will be picked up in September. They did provide everyone with a list of dealers in lower Michigan, so now we are off on a search for two of our own. We can't say enough about Bruce as an instructor and the Santee 116 that helped make learning more like "child's play." Thanks so much for opening the door to a wonderful new world!
Jay and Joanna Winter-Indiana
I've had my Hurricane Santee XL for about 8 yrs. and love it! My only complaint is that I don't get to use it enough due to time limitations. The picture shows me and my dog, Roxy (a pug who needs to wear her life jacket), enjoying a trip in Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area in Deleware. I often recommend your product to anyone looking for a kayak. Thanks for contributing to one of my favorite things to do...