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Sleek, stable, and every so often, speedy.
Roomy and stable on the water, the Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Kayak boasts a spacious cockpit and extra length needed for paddlers who shop in the big-and-tall section of the clothing store. The longest-limbed member of the Pungo family, this 14-foot honey of a boat offers fore and aft Orbix storage hatches for an overnighter on the island in the lake or as many camera lenses as you can carry around. Whether you're a polished paddler or an evolving 'yakker, this boat offers a smooth, predictable ride across the lake or down a mellow, lazy river.
The Pungo 140 bears a strikingly similar profile to its smaller siblings; all have a modified V running down the center of the hull, sharp chines, and flared (or bellowed) sides resembling keels on a canoe. As such, the Pungo 140 has the same superb initial and secondary stability as its smaller kin, and it has the same tracking abilities across flat water. Just like a birthmark might differentiate identical twins, the distinguishing feature of the Pungo 140 (other than the obvious additional length) is a skinnier waist than its shorter brethren. With only 28 inches through the widest part of this boat, veteran paddlers will be able to get it cruising.
The Phase 3 AirPro seat supports your back and thighs and adjusts in several dimensions with a simple tug or two. The SlideLock footbrace system holds your feet steady, while thigh and knee pads protect your legs from the jolts of the road. Even though the cockpit dimensions might seem like the entryway to a mega-mansion, you can still fit a spray skirt over it if you're afraid of melting. The Kayak Konsole comes off when you're toting bulky items, and you still have bow and stern hatches to store extra gear or beer.
- Polyethylene hull material
- Fishform, flat hull
- Large cockpit
- Phase 3 AirPro seat
- Thigh and knee padding
- SlideLock foot brace system
- Bow and stern Orbix hatches
- Bow and stern bulkheads
- Fore and aft bungee deck rigging
- Kayak Konsole
- Fore and aft carry handles
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- Q & A
Best boat for a big person
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I live on the Gulf Coast of FL and bought myself a Pungo 14 for Christmas then took it down to Everglades NP and the Keys for a week and played w/ my new toy
The boat tracks like it's on rails
I'm 6'2 " 275 lbs and getting in and out of the boat is easy But I did find that adjusting my foot rests while sitting inside the boat is not as easy as advertised .maybe it's time to use a Thighmaster ...or give up cycling
The seats are awesome as spending 9 hours in mine proved
The boat will float full of water and occupied
Here on the Gulf we have narrow inlets separating our barrier beaches with dredged channels and on big tides the water just hauls ashes through them and when you add wind to that sometimes you wind up with surprisingly big waves
If you have the skills to deal with those conditions the Pungo 14 will allow you to safely negotiate them
We also have a lot of shallow water here which means short and tall waves and I don't think twice about taking them bow on or turning my stern into them and getting a push onto the shore
For easy of carrying and loading I did add two carrying handles perpendicular to the hull and just fore and aft of the cockpit rims
and I did add a pair of Yak Clips for carrying an extra paddle
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 6'5" and did a great amount of research before buying the Pungo. Many of the reviews that I found pointed to the fact that it was stable and could handle big guys. I can tell you that it is very stable and it is the perfect size for a good paddle trip! Lots of room for my legs stretched out and very smooth. It tracks quite well, but at the same time is difficult to turn on a dime... Then again, you can't have it all when paddling a 14' boat!