Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish Inflatable Kayak Review

Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish Inflatable Kayak Review

Fishing Kayak Review of Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish Inflatable Kayak

Is it a kayak or canoe?  It’s a blend of the two. Sevylor developed this style kayak over 30-years ago and it became known as the “Marlboro Rewards Canoe”.  (And, one of the buyers on Amazon tells of his decision to purchase this one for his kids because he had that early one and it lasted years!)

 

Product Features:

  • Weight capacity 360-pounds
  • Inflated dimensions – 10-feet 4” x 3-feet 1”
  • 21 gauge PVC with Airtight System
  • 2 Adjustable, Inflatable seats
  • Netted spray/splash cover bow and stern
  • Double Lock valve system with two locking points for inflate/deflate
  • Carry bag approximately 24” x 35”

Why Product Features Are Important

When it comes to fancy features, this one has absolutely none of them!  This Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish kayak is purely bare bones!  But at the low, low price, who cares?  You can afford to buy the extras you want and still come in under budget!

Weigh Capacity:  The 360-pound weight capacity doesn’t give you a lot of room to add more than one small person and a 30-pounds of stuff.  You’ll have to make this a main consideration before you purchase and use a kayak – whether inflatable or otherwise.

The average weight of snacks, drinks, rods, tackle and other standard gear is approximately 55-pounds for a 4-hour excursion – so trim it down and enjoy!

Inflated Dimensions:

The interior dimensions dictate two things: the exterior dimensions and how much room you have to move around.  The exterior width of a kayak is important to maintaining the balance of your yak keeping it in the upright position when swells, waves or wind are coming at you sideways.

The interior width will mean that you are either very comfortable or feel squished after a few hours on the water where every move becomes a battle.

This Sevylor hunt and fish kayak is proportionally right to maintain balance and not dump you into the drink but not wide enough for many adults to sit for hours without feeling like they are surrounded by a straight jacket.

Fabrication:

This Sevylor fishing kayak is made with the strongest PVC fiber material of any in our list. The fact that it has a history of surviving hunting and fishing trips for more than three decades plenty of raves from its users is quite an astonishing testimonial!

It is the first inflatable kayak that set the standards for inflatables on the open market.  Sevylor was the first to design and use multiple chambers (aka tubes) and the Airtight System that keeps you afloat if one tube should be compromised.

Seats:

The seats are comfortable enough if you are on the slender side.  And the backrest is adjusted by the distance of the foot that holds it in place.  If you want to lean back further, you can but if you like sitting straight up, that too is possible.

Unlike other inflatables, you can position the seats at any point in the kayak. This means more leg room for the tallest person and you can center the seat if you go it alone.

Accessories:

When it comes to “accessories”, they are few at best. So, if you’re buying a fishing kayak based on how much is included, you’ll pass over this one without a second look. But, maybe, you should stop and think it through!

Double Threaded Valves are preinstalled with a double locking point to make sure that you can inflate and deflate the kayak and seats easily without losing air before you close it up.

 Netted Splash Cover for Bow and Stern is one of the three features that no other fishing kayak includes. What this does is reduce the amount of spray or splash from the waves as you plow through the water. It also helps keep underbrush from snagging and puncturing your yak as you paddle closer to those hard to reach fishing spots.

Carry Bag is included and because it measures only 24”x35”, you can toss it into the trunk or back seat of a Mini and still have room. The bag itself is large enough to hold the deflated yak, a life jacket and the air pump.

What Real Users Like:

  1. Quality construction
  2. Price
  3. Versatility of type of use due to shape, balance and construction
  4. Easy for men, women and children to handle and carry without help

 

What Real Users Complain About:

  1. No Air Pump
  2. No Paddles

Is This Fishing Kayak for You?

If you are looking for a kayak that you can toss in the back of your car or truck so you are ready to hit the water on a whim, this is the one. If you want a yak that every member of the family can enjoy while you’re out camping in the summer and don’t want to look like you’re one of the Beverly Hillbillies moving to the country, this is it.

Weighing only 19-pounds inflated and handles on the bow and stern so you can drag it up on shore or into the water without wrestling it to the ground, this Sevylor Tahiti Hunt and Fish inflatable kayak is one to put on the top of your list.

This is made for those who want a light-weight option for use on lakes, ponds and rivers for fishing in those areas where boats just can’t get to. Now, it is advisable to spend the $10 for the skeg made for this model so that you don’t end up spinning in the wind and can scoot around in rapid moving waters and winds.

You will need to buy paddles, a skeg, air pump and repair kit to make sure that you are ready to go right away. Consider kits with rod holders and D-ring kits so that you have options for fishing.