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Description

A little speed, a little stability, and a lot of fun.

The Necky Manitou 13 Kayak combines the speed and efficiency of a touring kayak with the stability of a dedicated recreational boat. You get comfortable seating, plenty of storage, and an easy-handling boat that's ideal for novice or intermediate paddlers. The Manitou 13 Kayak easily takes on close-to-shore exploration at the ocean, a blustery day trip on the lake, or an afternoon meandering along a slow-moving river.

  • Polyethylene hull is highly durable and resistant to fading
  • ACS seating system features an easy-to-use adjustment system so you can dial in the backrest height, thigh support, lumber support, and backrest angle for maximum comfort
  • Seat material feels soft, drains water quickly, and uses a channeled texture that improves airflow between the seat and your butt and back
  • Cockpit Support Track footbrace system uses padded pedals (great for bare feet), and the pedals can be adjusted along a track to accommodate a wide range of leg lengths
  • Quick Seal hatch cover has a unique gasket that forms a tight seal so your stern storage area stays dry
  • Cross Lock Buckle system uses a single quick-release buckle to tension four straps that keep the hatch cover securely in place
  • Bungee-cord paddle keepers give you secure storage for your paddle so you can go hands-free when you need to
  • Bow and stern carry handles make it easy to unload this boat from a vehicle and load it into the water

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4 5

One of my all-time favorites

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, about me. I'm a female, about 5'7" tall and... uh, heavy-ish. I've been paddling for about 10 years and I have owned over 30 kayaks, and demo'ed many more. I bought a Necky Manitou 13 when they first came out. I probably paddled this boat more than any other I've owned. At just under 13' long and about 24.5 wide and guessing 45 pounds, it was easy enough for me to transport and carry around for short distances.
It's a great length because it's long enough to paddle all but the biggest water (I say that because the 13 version has no bow hatch, thus no floatation unless you put it in there) and yet it's short enough to paddle easy rivers. It tracks reasonably straight without a rudder, yet is maneuverable when you need it to be. At 24.5" wide, it's one of the narrower recreational kayaks on the market, which makes it faster than most, and yet it is still very stable. It's comfortable too, although I admit I'm not picky and I've never had a kayak that I thought was really uncomfortable. Necky plastic is good enough (certainly adequate) and workmanship is good. There are stronger plastics but they usually weigh more too, so it's a trade-off. Only one critique of this boat (and they may have corrected this on later versions) the rear hatch on my boat was neoprene with a plastic cover. The neoprene was really difficult to get onto the hatch rim. After talking with some "industry insiders" I was told this was a molding flaw... the hatch rim wasn't made properly and everybody complains about that particular hatch. (Again, I've used lots and lots of hatches over the years... never had one that hard to deal with.) But again, mine was one of the very early models. If you are interested in this boat, I'd advise you to do some research and find out if that problem has been resolved. And when you demo the boat, play with the hatch cover a bit and see if it's hard for you to manage. If not, grab it - it's a great all-around kayak.

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I was just reading the description of the current Necky Manitou 13 and I see that the rear hatch HAS been re-designed. Sorry, I should have seen that before. In that case, I'd probably rate this kayak with 5 stars.