Extremely versatile Puffins
Puffin kayaks can adapt to your needs in ways that other kayaks do not. If you go fishing or are not as agile as you once were, you can leave your Puffin open like a sit-on-top. Add a deck when you want more protection. Drive your Puffin to the water packed in the trunk or assembled on top of your car. It is easy to assemble and at 20 pounds (29 pounds for the 2-person Saranac), the Puffin is light enough for almost anybody to handle. The excellent Puffin seats are easily configured for one or two persons - seat brackets are even pre-installed to put the bow seat extra far forward for a small child.Click here to see how some owners like their Puffins.
Structurally, Puffins are a blend of aluminum frame and inflatable construction. Dual-cell inflatable tubes on each side between the skin and the frame provide skin tension and ample secure flotation in case of a capsize. An internal aluminum frame gives the hull efficient lines that could not be achieved with inflatable structure alone. Another advantage of the Puffin's hybrid design is the weight. Similar size inflatable kayaks typically weigh 50% more. More details on Puffin design here.
In 2014 Puffins got the first major upgrade in several years. The ends are reshaped to give the Puffins a more eye-catching, contemporary look. End caps are integrated with the skin to improve the seal of the optional decks to the hull. Gunwales of the new Puffins are tensioned to add stiffness to the hull. Best of all, the fine tuning has resulted in longer and faster Puffins with almost no wait gain - and the new Puffin seat is the most comfortable kayak seat available!
Optional decks on the new Puffins get covered by the permanent end caps, completely protecting the deck seals from water splashing over the ends. Both ends of the decks can be opened to provide unrestricted access for loading and unloading, and permanent deck rigging is installed to secure items that need to be carried on top of the deck.
Puffin Saco. With its 12.5 ft length, the Saco offers good paddling performance. It tracks well and easily keeps pace with other kayaks of similar size. Very light 20 pound weight makes it much more responsive than similar plastic kayaks, weighing more than twice as much.The Saco can carry camping gear for a few days, and it is a delightful kayak if you just want to go exploring for the day.
Puffin Saranac. 15.5 ft in length, the Saranac offers the versatility to carry two people on day trips or a solo paddler with a couple of weeks' worth of camping gear. Whether with one or two paddlers, the Saranac's dual (removable) skegs make it track as if it is on rails. Use it without a deck to go fishing or with a deck for more protection. You can even chose between a solo and a double deck. It is no surprise that the Saranac's versatility has made it the most popular Puffin ever.
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Puffin Saco (approved by the North American Fishing Club)
The Saco has a conveninent open hull that will not get in the way of your fishing and an optional deck with a cockpit large enough to make it easy to get in and out. The 12 ft length and efficient shape makes the Puffin Saco easy to paddle, yet its packed size is incredibly compact and its weight is only 20 pounds. The Saco has a very functional self supporting deck with a large cockpit that makes it easy to get in andout of the boat.
|Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 10:05|