|Sea Lion Kayak|
The Sea Lion was one of the first roto-molded production sea kayaks on the market. They haven’t been produced since the mid 1990s, but many of these kayaks are still around and still for sale on the used market. These may be labeled as Perception or Aquaterra brand. These are humongous sea kayaks—over 17ft. long—and weighing in at over 60 pounds! The outfitting is minimal: dual hatches, some deck bungees and usually a rudder. The seat is basic plastic, but comfortable. I added new thigh braces, new deck bungees and deck lines to my Sea Lion for about $50.
|The old style hatches on the Sea Lion still functioned perfectly|
Despite the size of this kayak, the performance is quite good. The hull is stable, yet responsive and the size means you can go for an extended trip and bring along every item you want. The Sea Lion is a bit slow to get going because of the size and weight, but once it gets up to speed, it cruises along and can handle any rough seas you encounter. The hull shape gives it decent initial stability and very good secondary stability. The cockpit is comfortable, but small enough to give you good control over the kayak. You can get a good brace with your thighs.
|I added deck lines and bungees to my Sea Lion kayak|
The best part about this kayak is that you can buy one for around $500 or less! Just make sure to check it closely for fading, cracks and damage. If it has been well cared for, then a Seal Lion will still have many good years of paddling ahead. Mine was made in the early 1990s and it looked like it just came out of the showroom!
If you want a full-sized sea kayak, but don’t have much money to spend, this might be a good a kayak for you.
This kayak fits a wide variety of paddlers. I am 5’7” and had the foot pegs on the closest setting, so I’d say 5’7” or taller.
Uses: Sea kayaking. Not good for tight spaces, creeks, marshes, etc.
See you on the water,