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WEST MARINE Abaco 9.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak

This compact, easy-to-store and transport 9'6" kayak makes getting out onto the water a cinch. Lightweight, with comfortable carry handles, you can be ready to paddle at the drop of a hat! The hull design is fun for flat-water or surf, and fits a large range of paddler sizes. Features include a molded-in foot brace system, molded-in side carry handles, and a deluxe deck rigging system.

  • Application: Recreation
  • 9'6"L x 32"W
  • Hull Material: Polyethylene
  • Hull Construction: Roto-molded
  • Molded-in seat (padded & adjustable seats are available as an accessory option)
  • Weight: 45lb.
  • Maximum Weight/Persons: 250lb./1
  • Warranty: Three-year limited
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Abaco 9.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak, Yellow/Orange 12972436 93526234
In stock online.

$359.99

Abaco 9.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak, Lime/Blue 14296040 93526304
In stock online.

$359.99

Product Description

This compact, easy-to-store and transport 9'6" kayak makes getting out onto the water a cinch. Lightweight, with comfortable carry handles, you can be ready to paddle at the drop of a hat! The hull design is fun for flat-water or surf, and fits a large range of paddler sizes. Features include a molded-in foot brace system, molded-in side carry handles, and a deluxe deck rigging system.

  • Application: Recreation
  • 9'6"L x 32"W
  • Hull Material: Polyethylene
  • Hull Construction: Roto-molded
  • Molded-in seat (padded & adjustable seats are available as an accessory option)
  • Weight: 45lb.
  • Maximum Weight/Persons: 250lb./1
  • Warranty: Three-year limited

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4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy in/out (8)
  • Stable (7)
  • Comfortable (6)
  • Easy to lift (6)
  • Easy to paddle (5)

Cons

  • Slow (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Day trip (5)
  • Flat waters (5)
  • Ocean swells (5)
  • Rivers (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (6)

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5.0

Small Kayak Goes Everywhere!

By Mike

from Santa Cruz

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy Entry & Exit
  • Easy To Lift
  • Easy to Paddle
  • Good Maneuverability
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

      I bought this as an extra kayak for friends and family. Know this...a longer kayak moves faster and stays straight with less adjustments to you paddle strokes, however this kayak is great. It is still faster than a SUP and is stable in the ocean. The advantage is easy transport and storage.

       
      5.0

      Lack of cup holder is an EASY fix..

      By Love to paddle!

      from San Pedro, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Easy Entry & Exit
      • Easy To Lift
      • Easy to Paddle
      • Good Maneuverability
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips
        • Kayak Camping
        • Ocean Swells

        Attention Pam, re your wish that this kayak had molded cup holder.. I bought for my Abaco single and my double kayaks, the http://www.westmarine.com/buy/ronstan--drink-holder-white--14084032 also from West Marine. Just peel off back and put in place. Totally solves drink holder problem! Great product to go on a great kayak!

         
        4.0

        Perception Abaco Kayak

        By Dances with Dogs

        from Lithia Springs GA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Day Trips
          • Flat Waters

          This is my first kayak. I've rented before, mostly Ocean kayaks, 13.5. The tracking is not quite as easy, but it's a 9.5, so I didn't really expect it to be. It's easy to load & unload, and I'm not as strong as I used to be! Getting another one, so I can take a friend!

           
          4.0

          Love it!

          By Pam

          from Western NY

          About Me Beginner

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy Entry & Exit
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • Day Trips
          • Flat Waters
          • Ocean Swells
          • Rivers

          I got this kayak to help me rehab after shoulder surgery. It has helped my recovery amazingly. I love it so much that several of my friends have purchased one now and I bought a second for my husband or friends to use to come along. We have a larger boat and both kayaks are secured along side it in the slip,so the weight isn't such an issue for us and my friend considers it part of the overall workout. I like the ease of getting in and out of the sit on top. A molded in cup holder would be a much appreciated addition.

           
          2.0

          slow as a slug

          By LhasaLover

          from Long Island, N.Y.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy Entry & Exit
          • Easy To Lift
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Difficult to Paddle
          • Heavy
          • Poor Tracking
          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • Flat Waters

          I have a sit in kayak I use in Montauk Lake which is stable, fast and comfortable....the hull is smooth.....this kayak has a very rough bottom like a 36 piece of sand paper. My kayak has a hull like glass, same company, made a couple years ago...this new kayak is stable but doesn't track well and is a slug.....so slow...very disappointed....maybe we will wax it or sand it smooth....we would return it but have used it once and scratched it on the dock.....

           
          4.0

          simple, fun, sturdy

          By Chris

          from Riverbank, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Ocean Swells

              I bought this kayak a year ago and decided to really put it through its paces before reviewing. I must say im very pleased over all. I wanted a simple, reasonably light kayak for mostly playing around but an occasional overnight trip. This yak fits the bill. Its a little slow for a long trek with gear, but it gets me to my camp a couple miles away pretty easily. If you overload it, it will plow water, but that is to be expected. It is stable enough to stand up in and it handles chop and swells very well, although you will get a bit wet. By giving up some length and speed, you gain ease of transport and storage, which was important for me. I will be buying a matching one next month for my wife. Finally, adding a seat is a MUST. Now that I have one, I wouldn't use it without one.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent for beginners and advanced

              By Bob

              from Smith Point, NY

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Easy Entry & Exit
              • Easy To Lift
              • Easy to Paddle
              • Good Maneuverability
              • Stable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Abaco 9.5 Sit On Top Kayak, Lime/Blue:

                  Light, maneuverable and easy to paddle. This is our second one.

                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  a good, stable, basic sit-on-top

                  By Tony Gibbs

                  from Loreto Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy Entry & Exit
                  • Easy To Lift
                  • Easy to Paddle
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                  • Poor Tracking
                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                  • Day Trips
                  • Flat Waters
                  • Ocean Swells
                  • Rivers

                  Comments about West Marine Abaco 9.5 Sit-on-top Kayak, Yellow/orange:

                  My wife and I were looking for basic, simple, sturdy craft for day trips in the Sea of Cortez, where we live. The Abaco 9.5 met all our important requirements, though two of them barely fit on our Nissan Sentra's roof. The 9.5 is nearly perfect for us, since speed and directional stability aren't major issues. It absolutely requires the optional seats, and the Scupper Pup cart works very well.

                  (34 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great sit on top for under $500

                  By uprootedtraveler

                  from Berkshires/Cape Cod

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Easy Entry & Exit
                  • Extremely stable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about West Marine Abaco 9.5 Sit-on-top Kayak, Yellow/orange:

                  I bought this kayak while recovering from severely fractured foot. I have now used it 4-6 times a week in every weather condition in fresh and saltwater, for about 3 months. I chose a sit on top because it was easy to get into. Despite the website, this kayak is heavy, but is solidly build out of really heavy duty plastic. In calm fresh water it glides decently through the water, but feels heavy and "pushes" water in salt water chop. The drainage holes are HUGE and all over the kayak, causing water to shoot up like little geysers in chop...so you constantly get wet (more of a colder weather issue). The deck rigging is great, but after adding several more eyelets it is far more usefull. I love the cargo area in the rear which is large enough to carry even a 5-gallon bucket securely with room to spare. After several fishing trips, I've noticed rods securely fit in the rear (actually any) drainage holes. While paddling I usually stuff the rod(s) under the bow/ stern deck bungees to eliminate drag. Eventually I'd like to add a couple after market rod holders, but drainage holes work almost as well. This kayak needs seat...I have yet to get one though. Also the kayak anchor kit from west marine is a must for fishing. In summary, the abaco 9.5 is an extremely well built fishing kayak without the usual fishing add ons...

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