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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

 

Customer Reviews
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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4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (11)
  • Easy in/out (10)
  • Easy to paddle (8)
  • Good maneuverability (7)
  • Comfortable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

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

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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

    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!

     
    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

    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.

    (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

    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

    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

    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

      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 West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-on-top Kayak, Orange/yellow:

        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 West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-on-top Kayak, Lime/blue:

        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 West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-on-top Kayak, Orange/yellow:

        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 West Marine Abaco 13.5 Sit-on-top Kayak, Lime/blue:

        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.

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