Most lightweight 16' touring Kayaks ?

Just curious, what are the most lightweight kayaks on the market for this length ?

What style & volume?

– Last Updated: Nov-20-14 2:24 PM EST –

In the ones I carry at my Showroom, Brit Style, 3 hatch w/ skeg = 35lbs.

SOF & other styles, I'm sure others will weigh in.

A lot is going to depend on the terrain you plan on paddling, they type of performance you want from the kayak and your size.

See you on the water,
The River Connection, Inc.
Hyde Park, NY

super light 16 footers
Feathercraft Wisper @ 37 lbs.

Pakboat Quest 155 @ 32 lbs.

Cape Falcon West Greenland skin-on-frame @ 26 lbs.

Epic 16X Ultra is 35 lbs.

warren Light Craft
15.5 feet in length 28 lbs.

I wan’t to try one of those.

4K $ for the Epic 16X Ultra.

What about other more wallet-friendly boats (2K$ or less) ?

5K$ for this one.

Dagger Meridian Kevlar

– Last Updated: Nov-20-14 10:56 PM EST –

Cheap and light-ish at 41lb, the last one sold on eBay for $670 with a $200 opening bid, after no one bought it off pNet for $500...

The hand-built strip wooden kayaks can be very light (even the plywood ones can be quite light), if the builder is skilled.

Light & new = $$$.

Stellar is also making some light constructions for a bit less than the competition.

I’ve seen used under $2k.
I got mine for less. Mine is the 41 lb construction.

Under $2000
The Quest is $1600 (though they recently sold a couple of demos cheaper.) You can have a skin on frame built for you by Cape Falcon for $2000 or make one yourself in one of his guided classes in a week for $1400. I bought a similar one for $900 (plus $100 for the ferry ticket across Lake Michigan to pick it up in Milwaukee.)

Feathercrafts are costly, but they can be found used. I only paid $2200 for mine.

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– Last Updated: Nov-21-14 7:14 AM EST –

Or at least that sort of ratio.

In the New composite realm;
Feature for feature/ size for size
Cheaper = heavier
Lighter = more expensive

For reference, what were you expecting composite prices to be?

If $2k is the budget, composite used is what you're going to be looking at.

See you on the water,
The River Connection, Inc.
Hyde Park, NY