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True love is possible.
Tired of looking through the used kayak classified sections looking for that perfect paddling partner? Others have come close but just don't seem to be able to fill your needs? Meet your new paddling soulmate, the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 Kayak. This sleek boat feeds your need for stability at high speeds, carries your cargo without complaint, and best of all, fits your slightly above-average frame perfectly. Though you can't marry a boat, you'll enjoy a long and fruitful union with this enchanting siren of the seas (or lakes or ponds).
The Tsunami 145 is a mere 6 inches longer and a scant 0.5 inches wider than the Tsunami 140, but otherwise it sports the same touring hull design and outfitting as the other Tsunami family members. Semi-rigid roto-molded polyethylene takes on a moderate V for the hull and works outward to multi-chined sides. Angles to the deck create walls to give your new boat initial and secondary stability that most 50-year marriages lack. Tweak the Phase 3 AirPro Tour seat for a finely tuned fit on every outing, and adjust the SlideLock foot brace system for the right bracing power. Three hatches with domed covers buoy your watercraft, in addition to swallowing enough gear for a week exploring a chain of lakes. Bungee deck rigging uses reflective static line to ensure that you can be seen on evening or early-morning tours. A paddle holder lets you go hands-free when those orcas are just begging to have their pictures taken.
- Roto-molded polyethylene
- Symmetrical, flat hull
- Large cockpit
- Adjustable, padded thigh braces
- SlideLock foot brace system
- Phase 3 AirPro Tour seat
- Rudder-ready (sold separately)
- Bow, midship, and stern hatches
- Bow and midship bulkheads
- Bungee deck rigging with reflective static line
- Paddle holder
- Soft-touch fore and aft carrying handles
- Item #WIL001Z
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I don't own this kayak. Me and My brother rented these kayaks for a five day, 107 mile paddle down the Apalachicola River. I think this is a great beginners touring kayak, the seat was amazingly comfortable and the storage was adequate for five days with decent backpacking gear. The kayak was very stable for a touring kayak but that also takes away from the speed. While this kayak is fast there are definitely faster ones. These kayaks were used and I did notice that a small amount of water got into the hatches. I do agree with another reviewer about wishing the two hatches in the back were separated but that is a small complaint. I will probably opt for a longer faster boat when we do the trip again but if you are looking for a good comfortable kayak with moderate speed for a short paddle trip this would be a good option.
sporty touring boat
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a sporty, but really stable touring boat. The slight V-bottom makes it fast and the chines give it a confident feel, even for beginners. It tracks well, turns fairly easily and is fast. The upturned, narrow bow cuts waves well and the cockpit stays dry in rough water. The cockpit is fairly tight to limit unnecessary movement and the seat is comfortable. I generally paddle a Necky Manitou 14 and bought the Tsunami for family and friends to use. The Tsunami is faster, but I prefer the narrower fit, and snappier performance of the Necky for myself. The only glaring fault I notice is the lack of bulkhead between the day hatch and the rear hatch, which makes the day hatch less useful. C'mon WS what would it cost to do it right? On the other hand, there is rigging for a rudder, which seems completely unnecessary to me, and I would gladly trade for the bulkhead.
The Perfect Storm
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I received my Tsunami 145 a few weeks back, and I truly love this kayak. It is very easy to paddle, tracks great, and the Phase 3 Airpro seat is amazing. It has plenty of room for the gear I carry on day or weekend trips and room for a little more. It is difficult to say anything negative about the 145. I would have liked for the midship hatch to have been separate from the stern hatch though. A separate compartment would allow for the quick access to phones, maps, a GPS etc. This is not a gripe about the boat, just a thought. Overall, the Tsunami 145 is perfect for a 6' 2'' 240 lb. big boy like me. Thanks Wilderness Systems and Back Country, I imagine fun for years in this kayak.