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The Necky Chatham 16 Kayak’s retractable skeg and full-chined hull both help with smooth tracking and less side-slipping as you paddle in a crosswind or rough coastal waters. You can drop the skeg just a few inches for light trim, or all the way when the wind is super strong (the kink-free Necky Wire resists rust and stiffening). The molded touring seat pads your bum, bow and stern hatches hold your gear, and a small day hatch stores snacks or sunscreen.

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5 5

Very Happy

I have been paddling through Townsends Inlet NJ for 10 years now. I took my maiden voyage this Sunday in strong wind ,and I can honestly say that the Chatham is a very impressive kayak . I was able to push through some very strong conditions .Istill have to get beeter acquainted with it ,but I am more than satisfied

I heard that the hatchs leak quite a bit

I heard that the hatchs leak quite a bit

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I have a 2004 fiberglass Chatham with Valley hatches and have gone kayak camping with it many times in different conditions in the Puget Sound and San Juans. I haven't had the hatches leak on me once.

Hi, how much is shipping to Vancouver...

Hi, how much is shipping to Vancouver Canada? I could not find this without actually ordering the Kayak.


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It is not so much the shipping costs you need to be aware of here but the tariffs you will be paying when it come across the border. This is a product that is sold at a few retailers in Canada, and don't forget the taxes, they get you with those as they process it also.

5 5

Guide Boat

I'm a guide and work in Prince WIlliam Sound.. we have a chatham 16 as one of our guide boats. when i first started working the hatches leaked quite a bit, but with a little time and some silicone the problem was mostly resolved. before the repair almost no one wanted to paddle the chathams (both the 16 and the 17 had the leaks) But since i've made the repairs, everyone uses the boats.
Initially it is pretty tippy, but the secondary stability- with a lean or a brace- is super tight. with the skeg the boat tracks impeccably, and is super quick. A lean turn really gets a fast response and tightens the turn radius. It is a great boat- ive had it is crazy surf, big swells, and super calm pools- and it's done the job!
The hatches are a bit tough to get things in and out of, but for the volume of the boat they're nice.
The skeg can get jammed if you slide it in some smaller rocks, but a slide up and down each side with your knife usually fixes the problem.
Overall, great boat!



This is one of our company's guide boats. We're on one of our day trips at Colombia Glacier

I'm thinking about buying a Necky Chatham...

I'm thinking about buying a Necky Chatham 16 and I have a couple of questions. First of all, I am 6 feet, 175 lbs. Is that okay for this kayak?
Secondly, if I straddle the kayak and drop my butt into the seat, is the cockpit big enough for me to get my legs in afterwards. A friend said I would have to sit on the deck behind the cockpit and use a paddle brace to stabilize the kayak while I get my legs in first and then drop my butt into the seat. Is this correct?


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I'm 6'1'' and ~200lbs with size 12 kickers and I paddle both the 16 and 17 comfortably all summer, so you should fit with no problem. The adjustably of the thigh braces is key, and paired with the seat/backband it can make a snug fit for most people.

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As for getting in, the paddle brace is usually the preferred method. from the straddle position it'll probably be a struggle to get your legs in quickly, unless of course you've been goin to it with the Bikram yoga.
Good luck!

Write your question here...I am torn between...

Write your question here...I am torn between the Eliza and the Chatum 16 composites any suggestions on the two? I know it's a tough spot to be in Michelle

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I'm 5'10" and ~165lbs. My leg length couldn't fit into the Eliza, so the Chatham it was!

4 5

Wave Rider, comfortable with high performance

4.5 Stars! This, one of the most interesting designs from Necky, is a veritable wave machine. The plastic hull is sufficient, though heavy at 60 lbs, and a lot cheaper than the composite versions. As I've discovered in several extended big lake, river and ocean trips, the unusual hull shape and somewhat cramped low volume for a touring kayak has its distinct advantages: excellent stability, good rolling capabilities, and less wind resistance. For luxury tourers, you'll have to cut down on the gear; but I can take a week-long trip in this with many more amenities than a similar backpacking jaunt, so if you tend to pack light you won't even notice (tip: put your food bag and water in front of the foot pegs in the inner cockpit for even more stability). Bulkheads, hatch covers, and a solid spray skirt will keep inner moisture down to a minimum (even in oncoming chop and wind). Your upper body will be wet from spray, but it is a small price to pay for the excellent control and bow buoyancy in steep waves. Rocker is pretty strong (it is a coastal performance boat by nature) which would suggest low efficiency and poor tracking, but I routinely average 4 knots with a relaxed low-angle stroke when touring and I rarely use the skeg. If you are comfortable with lean turns, it will spin about better than most boats on the market. I'm 5'9" and 150 lbs, and the 16-foot is an excellent fit (it could work for those a little larger, but if you are over 6 feet or 190 lbs, I would look at the 17-foot model). This is an excellent, lean, and advanced kayak for windy western lakes and rivers, the Great Lakes, and of course coastal fun. I've also found Necky to be an excellent company if there are warrantee issues, which speaks highly of them and their commitment to their customers.