Wilderness Systems Piccolo :suggestions

I currently have a WS Piccolo but don’t quite fit the “child/petite adult size” profile anymore. I really like how the Piccolo handles both mild rivers and some open water conditions.I also like the 12-13 ft length and lighter weight so I can lift it myself. Any suggestions out there for something similar but just a bit larger?


– Last Updated: Sep-21-09 8:19 PM EST –

Not knowing how small you are, and assuming you want something simple and light, here are a couple of possibilties:

WS Tchaika (used-discontinued)
Perception Tribute 12
Hurricane Santee 135S
WS Tsunami SP

WS Piccolo
Thanks for the response! I looked at the Tsunami SP and it’s geared towards 60-120 lbs. I’m 5’5" and about 150lbs. So I looked at the Tsunami 120. However I can’t seem to find out the depth of the cockpit.

from the WS website

– Last Updated: Sep-21-09 11:15 PM EST –

Specs on the 120 Tsunami

Length: 12' / 366 cm
Width: 25.5" / 65 cm
Max Capacity: 275 lbs. / 125 kg
Deck Height: 15.25" / 39 cm
Weight: 50 lbs. / 23 kg
Cockpit Length: 35" / 89 cm
Cockpit Width: 18.5" / 47 cm

Deck height is their way of saying 'cockpit depth'

For the same weight the 135 might well be worth a look, a little thinner and a little longer.

Look at a Perception Sonoma 13.5
no longer made, so will have to look used but a good boat that may fit your needs.


– Last Updated: Sep-22-09 2:18 PM EST –

You're in the "smaller paddler" realm. Given your height, and your enjoyment of the 20" wide Piccolo, you'll find that many boats will be too wide or too deep for you to paddle comfortably and efficiently.

You're going to have a hard time matching the weight of the sub-40-pound Piccolo without spending money, building, or getting lucky on the used market.

If you like to build things, a Pygmy Arctic Tern 14 would be a great project.

The CD Suka is a neat boat for small folks.

A used Impex Mystic might be a good fit.

I'd certainly go for the Tsunami 135 over the 120. The new Dagger Alchemy 14S might also work.

Agree with above
You’re not so far off my size, just a bit bigger. And as the boat gets a bit longer you can slide it on and off your car - you no longer have to lift it as long as you get a small cart to handle car-to-water.