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WEST MARINE Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks

These kayaks have a combination of features that deliver best-in-class performance, comfort and value. Tri-Hull with Fish-Form profile combines both stability and speed in a design that is easy to paddle for anyone in the family, yet still offers outstanding functionality for fishing or as a solo trekker. Roomy cockpit can easily accommodate two adults plus a child or dog. Includes 8" hull access deck plate storage amidships, ample molded-in cup holders, trays for all your gear, and full shock cord deck rigging at both bow and stern. Molded-in carrying handles provide easy portage.

  • Application: Recreation/Fishing
  • 13'6"L x 34"W
  • Hull Material: Polyethylene
  • Hull Construction: Roto-molded
  • Hull Shape: Tri-Hull/Fish-Form
  • Two molded-in seats
  • Weight: 74lb.
  • Maximum Weight/Persons: 550lb./2
  • Warranty: Three-year limited

 

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Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak, Orange/Yellow 14192504 25825
In stock online.

$529.99

Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak, Lime/Blue 14296065 93528304
In stock online.

$529.99

Product Description

These kayaks have a combination of features that deliver best-in-class performance, comfort and value. Tri-Hull with Fish-Form profile combines both stability and speed in a design that is easy to paddle for anyone in the family, yet still offers outstanding functionality for fishing or as a solo trekker. Roomy cockpit can easily accommodate two adults plus a child or dog. Includes 8" hull access deck plate storage amidships, ample molded-in cup holders, trays for all your gear, and full shock cord deck rigging at both bow and stern. Molded-in carrying handles provide easy portage.

  • Application: Recreation/Fishing
  • 13'6"L x 34"W
  • Hull Material: Polyethylene
  • Hull Construction: Roto-molded
  • Hull Shape: Tri-Hull/Fish-Form
  • Two molded-in seats
  • Weight: 74lb.
  • Maximum Weight/Persons: 550lb./2
  • Warranty: Three-year limited

 

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West MarineAbaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy in/out (15)
  • Stable (14)
  • Comfortable (11)
  • Easy to paddle (11)
  • Good maneuverability (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)

Best Uses

  • Flat waters (13)
  • Day trip (12)
  • Kayak camping (6)
  • Ocean swells (6)
  • Rivers (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (7), Advanced (6), Beginner (3)

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5.0

Great Tandem Kayak for the Family

By Bobby B

from Long Island, NY

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy Entry & Exit
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day Trips
    • Flat Waters
    • Kayak Camping

    Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

    My 10 year old son and I enjoyed our first trip out on the Abaco and landed 3 fish. We both had a blast and can't wait for Mom to have a go! For the price, this kayak is a great value.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love my new boat

    By Andy

    from Buford ga

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy Entry & Exit

    Cons

    • Difficult to Paddle
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Flat Waters

    Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

    Love my boat

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great for the price I

    By old kayaker

    from Venice Florida

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • better than I expected
    • Comfortable
    • Easy Entry & Exit
    • Easy to Paddle
    • Good Maneuverability
    • Stable

    Cons

    • mine came with no storage
    • Not Enough Storage

    Best Uses

    • Day Trips
    • Flat Waters
    • Ocean Swells

    Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

    For an inexpensive tandom, it's a very good choice.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Smooth and stable on the water

    By Ed

    from South Carolina

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy Entry & Exit
    • Easy to Paddle
    • Good Maneuverability
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • Flat Waters

      Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

      Easy to use on a lake with normal waves from powerboats. Good visibility to other boats.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better than a prowler for fishing!

      By Nightmare on Fish Street

      from Clearwater, FL

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Easy to Paddle

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • Flat Waters
      • Ocean Swells

      Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

      I needed to buy a fishing kayak for fishing in the gulf, and in the Tampa Bay intercoastal waters. I went in to West Marine to get a Prowler kayak. But when I saw the Abaco, I realized that it was essentially the same size and width, but had way more room inside - I find all that space for inner hull storage to be a waste of real estate for a fishing kayak. This thing has almost the entire length of the 13.5 foot deck available for use to the fisherman. The only modifications that I had to do was add two rod holders, a seat, a paddle holder and an anchor troley. Now it's a better fishing kayak than a prowler, or any other fishing kayak that comes with half the hull sealed off and useless. It also carries over 500 lbs of cargo! Again - beats most other fishing kayaks of this class in weight capacity alone.

      I have taken this out fishing in Tampa Bay and the intercoastal waters, and find it to be really stable, moves fast enough for my liking, and can carry me (250lbs) plus all my fishing stuff comfortably. With all that weight, the water still doesn't even come up the scupper holes. My butt was completely dry and so was the deck.

      I can also convert this back to a tandem kayak by moving my seat back (I sit in the middle seat in fishing mode) and adding a front seat for my kids. So it's a tandem yak, and a really awesome fishing yak for less than the price of a Prowler!

      The only thing that sucks is how heavy this thing is. It feels to be about 100 lbs. I'm a big guy and can put this on top of my mini van by myself, but it's no easy feat and requires a lot of strength and balance! Also, in fresh water, this thing is the equivalent of paddling a refrigerator filled with rocks. It's SLOW. But in salt water (because of the difference in bouyancy) it floats high, and cuts through the water quickly.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great value!

      By Lance On Cloud Nine

      from Anna Maria Island Florida

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Good Maneuverability
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • We Use It As A Tender For

        Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

        we use as a tender to a sailboat. It tracks straight when being towed. Feels very durable. We received excellent service from Ross and his crew at Sarasota West Marine!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good kayak

        By Joey

        from Orange Beach, AL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips

        Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

        We do enjoy this SOT tandem kayak. We purchased an extension for the trailer hitch on our truck and transport it using the bed of our truck with the extension.

        Our biggest complaint is the plastic cover for the 8" hull access and storage area. IT GETS STUCK because it is so easily cross-threaded!!! We have had to get a screwdriver to remove the entire cover to get to our storage bag AND truck keys. (HINT: Be sure to carry a Phillips screwdriver with you if you intend to use the storage area!) We are actually planning to ONLY replace the frame and forget about putting the cover back on -- we don't kayak in rough waters, so we're not concerned about water coming into the compartment.

        We would like to see West Marine carry a better access storage cover.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very stable, great price, 2 thumbs up!

        By Tiny Lee

        from Branford, CT

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Easy to Paddle
        • Good Maneuverability
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips
        • Flat Waters
        • Ocean Swells
        • Rivers

        Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

        I've been a recreational kayaker for a few years and could NOT pass up this deal. BTW, I have a replaced hip and 2 replaced knees, but this ride-on-top was very comfortable and easy to handle on the water on my first solo ride.
        I was worried that the pre-formed/fixed foot slots would be a problem (instead of having adjustable foot pedals), but they were also very comfortable and I fit in them nicely.
        The built-in scuppers work very well too - it's nice that I will never have to bail this one!
        This kayak took the waves very nicely on the Long Island Sound (while I accompanied my wife on her stand-up paddleboard) and I can't wait to use it to go fishing as well. Love the fact that its weight capacity can handle two 250 pound adults AND 50 pounds of gear if necessary. This is going to be BIG FUN for a BIG guy - yeah, baby!
        So what if it weighs a few pounds... so do I!
        I do like the idea I read in another review about upgrading those plastic gunwale fixtures/loops with stainless steel ones because the OEM ones break a little too easily. Everything else seems fantastic. Hope this helps!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great kayak

        By BB

        from Myrtle Beach

        About Me Beginner

        Pros

        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Easy to Paddle
        • Good Maneuverability
        • Lots of room
        • Lots of storage space
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips
        • Flat Waters
        • Kayak Camping
        • Ocean Swells
        • Rivers

        Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

        My friend and I bought this kayak to take out for long day trips. We had not seen it in person before purchasing it and were surprised to find that it had scupper holes in the bottom and did not come with anything to plug them up. We decided to try it without the plugs. On our first trip we went out in salt water marshes to practice. The scupper holes were not a problem at all they were actually very helpful when the dog fell overboard and completely soaked the kayak. All the water was able to drain out. As far as the stability of the kayak we were shocked.The two of us and the dog were sitting on the side of the kayak and we could not flip it. We then tried standing and rocking it to see if it would flip and we couldn't. It was also easy for us to maneuver through the narrower parts of the marsh. It does weight about 70lbs but my friend and I (too women with minimal upper body strength) were able to get it on top the the truck with out extensive difficulty. We comfortable fit two women over 5'8'' and a 45lb boxer and could have probably fit the two of us and a shorter adult. The only thing negative is that I can assume it would be uncomfortable without kayak seats Over all it was an excellent choice and when we bought it we got a $100 mail in rebate for a west marine gift card.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great 2.5 person SOT value

        By Scupper

        from Marlborough, CT

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Easy to Paddle
        • Good Maneuverability
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Weak Eyelets Break Easily

        Best Uses

        • Flat Waters
        • Ocean Swells

        Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayaks:

        Have many kayaks, needed a more pet friendly open SOT at a reasonable price. This is a bargin Confluence model. Because it the 2.5 person design it keeps you dry in light waves, the trade off is weather cocking. Replace the eyelets with stainless because the OEMs are fragile. Overall great value.

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