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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
Ships when available.

$499.99

Abaco 13.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak, Lime/Blue 14296065 93528304
Ships when available.

$499.99

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 Kayaks
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (9)
  • Easy in/out (8)
  • Easy to paddle (8)
  • Comfortable (6)
  • Good maneuverability (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Flat waters (8)
  • Day trip (7)
  • Kayak camping (5)
  • Rivers (5)
  • Ocean swells (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (5), Casual/ recreational (3)

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(4 of 4 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 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!

(4 of 4 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 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.

 
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 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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome fishing platform

By Ray Borbon

from Kirkland,WA

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Lift
  • Easy to Paddle
  • Good Maneuverability
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day Trips
    • Flat Waters
    • Kayak Camping

    Comments about West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayaks:

    I have owned about five kayaks and fished in salt and fresh water from every one of them including a 17 foot sea kayak, two sit on tops and even a Nucanoe Frontier 12...

    The Abaco was on sale about a month ago in the local store for a screaming deal at 329. I picked it up and put on two Yakattack Geartrac 90 tracks to place rod holders for trolling. I put in two seats made by Surf to Summit and that was it.

    My daughter and I fish a lot from the kayaks and this thing tracks pretty good for being a two seated kayak and without having a rudder. I usually paddle alone and my daughter hangs out. We have enough room to store a few drinks, snacks and jackets. I put the fishing net in the back but I'll probably get a Ram mount for it in the future.

    Anyway we just spent two days fishing in central Washington and this thing performed perfectly. You can't get a better deal on a good two seated kayak made by Perception. It has the West Marine logo on it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awsome

    By happy dad

    from Key West, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy Entry & Exit
    • Easy to Paddle
    • Good Maneuverability
    • Stable
    • Well Laid Out

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • Flat Waters
      • Kayak Camping
      • Rivers

      Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayaks:

      I bought this kayak so I can take my 5yr old fishing with me. It has way exceeded my expectations. Yes, it big because it is a multi person kayak, and it's a little difficult to put on top of a car yourself. It tracks straight, and maneuvers way better than I expected for being so big. Even with just me paddling from the back. Another thing I like about it is the layout. I had all these plans to put fishing rod holders on it, but all the scupper holes are in a perfect spot were you could put your rods and not be in the way of paddling. Most sit in kayaks that I've been in, the water level comes up and gets me wet, but even with myself, my wife, and 5year old in it I stay dry. The only thing I would change about this kayak if I were West Marine would be to add paddle holders.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Big and stable !

      By JB

      from Bainbridge Island, WA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Easy to Paddle
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Flat Waters

      Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayaks:

      The Abaco 13.5 is a polyethylene molded sit-on-top kayak. The underwater tri-form hull and 32" width makes for a very stable platform. It also means this is a big unit that needs 2 people to carry for launch/recovery. Paddles and tracks well and especially like the unique seat arrangement that has a center pad for use when only 1 paddler is onboard. I suggest the sit-on seat/backrest is a worthwhile option ;-)

      Service and delivery comments:

      The size & weight of the unit requires road shipment. It was delivered from South Carolina and came with just a plastic bag covering. This had ripped in transit & almost resulted in the loss of the enclosed shipping waybill & user documentation. The lack of protective packaging also meant the hull arrive with scratches (not enough to cause return).

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great boat...

      By Captain Eric

      from St Petersburg florida

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips

      Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayaks:

      Own several of these for our electric kayak rental business. High and dry tracks well and has tons of room.....really great price.....

      (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayak

      By The Skipper

      from Michigan

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Easy to Paddle
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Not Enough Storage
      • Poor Tracking

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips
      • Flat Waters
      • Kayak Camping
      • Rivers

      Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayaks:

      This Kayak is big, stable & heavy. Its roomy enough for two adults(fore & aft) or with an adult sitting in the middle of two children.

      The feature that sold me was being able to paddle solo, by moving the seat to the middle.
      You can also move both seats to the front & rear position for a nice two person Kayak. Seats sold separately.

      Paddling solo, the kayak does not track as straight as some other Kayak I have used. WIth two paddlers the extra weight seems to help. Not a big deal either way.

      Service and delivery comments:

      I used the ship to store method, & it was a bit confusing. Online it said that my Kayak was on its way, but my pickup store told me that it was on backorder.

      The kayak arrived later than expected. It also had several very deep gouges in the plastic.
      Only cosmetic damage, but not the way you want your brand new kayak to arrive. If it were an in store purchase I would have wanted another one.

      I don't think I will be using the ship to store method in the future, its better to be able to inspect your purchase before you pay for it.

      (22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This was the best purchase I made!!!!

      By Frankie & Marisol

      from San Juan Puerto Rico

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Easy To Lift
      • Easy to Paddle
      • Good Maneuverability
      • Me And My Wife Love It
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Abaco 13.5 Sit On Top Kayaks:

        This Kayak was a great buy we always rented and was never as happy as we were when we took it out on the water. Great maneuverability and it can handle some tough waves. the service we got at West Marine was awesome and very professional. We thank you for all your help.

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