There are certain products in this world that just flat nail it when it comes to meeting the publics expectations. The Santee 116 Sport offers outstanding stability without sacrificing the ability to turn easily and track well. The Swede-form design, coupled with the crisp entry lines of the Santee 116 Sport bow, make this kayak more efficient than other kayaks in its class. This means you will cruise the rivers, backwaters and lakes with less effort, while still feeling stable and comfortable. The Santee 116 has front and rear hatches with sealed bulkheads for superior floatation and convenient storage for your day tripping. With an impressive 17 inches longer in the opening than the original Santee 116, you can put fly rod tubes, tripods and other outdoor tools of play in the cockpit with you. Even the right dog can ride in there, too. More impressive is that the Santee 116 Sport weighs in at a scant 35 lbs - that's probably less than the backpack you carry with you on hiking trips! Ideal use for the Santee 116 Sport is day touring in quiet coastal waters and larger lakes and is a pleasure to paddle.
AireStream Seat and Thigh Pads
Twist Loc Footbrace System
Deck Storage for dry bag & gear
Shipping Location Note: This item is available for shipment by freight to the lower 48 United States. It cannot be shipped to APO, FPO, PO BOX, Hawaii, or Alaska.
The Santee 116 has met and exceeded our expectations (we purchased two). We were looking for lightweight kayaks that were easily transportable and moved well through the water. These achieved both. At 37 pounds, I can lift and lower this myself to and from the racks at the top of a mini-van. The lightweight also makes it possible to carry them (two at a time with another person) from parking lots down to otherwise difficult landings. In the water, it performs like a gem. Tracks great and paddles well. The generous cockpit allows for plenty of yourself and other items you might want to carry on. I am 6'1" and 190. It sits a little low in the water but no problems with that unless the waves really kick up. This isn't for large, choppy lakes but it meets our needs on the smaller bodies of water we were aiming for. Very pleasing to the eye as well...we get compliments on them all the time.
I am small and needed a kayak that I could lift to my car roof rack by myself. This is it! I can carry it alone easily. I love how straight it tracks and maneuvers. The opening is large for easy entering and exiting. I really like how the seat front can be cleated, so it angles up and supports my thighs with my knees bent. There is also a strap to keep the seat back folded down when transporting it upside down. There are two nice waterproof compartments, but they are hard to access when on the water.
Wife loves the boat. Easy in and out, plenty light to load and unload alone. Stable and paddles well. She is faster and more willing to take on the windy days where the waves are capping and the water is kicking up.
If weight is on your mind and could be in the future then the Santee is a great boat for you. Hurricane uses trylon material that is super light weight and still very durable. It also is a little faster through the water then plastic boats. The boat is also very stable with its teardrop shape. Great for beginners or heavy set people. With its sealed bulk heads in the back and front you have some storage and don't have to worry about your boat sinking if you flip over by mistake. The cockpit is also very open for ease to get in and out. Great light weight kayak for the price.
Q: Will the kayak be stable in very large tidal lakes? I would be using it in Gippsland Victoria, Australia. I am also keen to find a kayak unlikely to roll! which is unlikely to require me to roll in!
Asked : Feb 17, 2016
By : Annie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A: The Hurricane Santee 116 is a great kayak but is geared towards flat water kayaking in smaller, calmer lakes. You will want to go with a longer kayak or possibly a sit on top depending on your preference. I recommend taking a look at the kayak buying guide found on this site.
Answered : Feb 22, 2016
By : Christopher
Q: I'm in the market for my first kayak after moving to a smaller inland lake and my research landed me on the Hurricane Santee 116. I wanted to find out about options such as bungees to hold paddle as well as water bottle holder? I am planning on leisurely yaking with friends on lake and possibly a river trip or two--so if you have other recommendations for a 50 something woman, I would appreciate it!
Asked : Jan 21, 2016
By : LDHighland, Highland, MI
A: The Santee 116 is a great kayak for what you are describing as this is geared towards the recreational paddler. The Santee is an easy going kayak but with the smooth ABS plastic you get a smooth ride in the water. The Santee does come equipped with a paddle holder which is found to the left of the cockpit. Although we don't stock it, we can order for you the Hurricane Santee sport console which sets on the top of the cockpit held on by a bungee for easy removal, and offers a water bottle holder, a couple trays for storage and a dry storage area great for snacks. Give Customer Service a call at 888-271-7500 and they will be happy to help. The Santee is a great kayak, and one of my favorite leisure kayaks, and I've paddled a lot of kayaks!
Answered : Jan 22, 2016
By : Christopher
Q: Hi, I am in Sydney Australia and was wondering if Hurricane Santee 116 is an appropriate choice for harbour areas and bay water which can sometimes be a bit rough.
Asked : Mar 09, 2014
By : Kayvan, Sydney, Australia