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Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 Touring Kayak Red-w/ Rudder, One Size


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The Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 Touring Kayak fuses recreational boat stability with touring boat outfitting and speed. The Tsunami is a high-performance light-touring boat that is stable enough for beginners to get their feet wet with enough advanced features to please the experienced day-tripper. The multi-chine construction provides a super-stable ride and the V hull ensures phenomenal tracking. The Tsunami 145 has the deck rigging and storage capabilities of a sea kayak. The 145's stern and bow hatches allow you to load the boat with plenty of gear and supplies for the day. Since the devastating Tsunami of 2004, Wilderness Systems is donating a portion of every Tsunami sold to the AmeriCares Humanitarian Fund which helps victims of natural disasters rebuild their lives.

Product Features
  • Hull Material: Gen2 high-density polyethylene
  • Length: 14ft 6in
  • Width: 24.5in
  • Cockpit Dimensions: 36 x 20in (91 x 50cm)
  • Weight: 56lbs
  • Maximum Load: 500lbs
  • Skeg: Yes
  • Rudder: No
  • Recommended Use: Touring, recreational
  • Paddler Skill: Beginner to advanced
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 59.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B002C8V9SA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric B. Norris on June 20, 2012
I am 5' 11" 240 lbs. This matters because kayak fit is very personal. I was looking for a first decked kayak after paddling inflatables and SOTs for a few years, and there are a lot more kayaks made for skinny guys than big guys. I bought a Tsunami 145 as my first decked kayak and I'm glad I did.

The Tsunami 145 is often looked down upon by advanced paddlers, but if you are new to kayaking it is a great boat to start with. Why? It's STABLE. It's stable sitting in the water going nowhere, it's stable on edge, it's stable in swells. It is sized for big guys. It is not the fastest boat out there, but if you are used to paddling a SOT or an inflatable, it is superluminal. The first time I had it out on one of my favorite local reservoirs I could not believe how efficient it was compared to my tandem SOT.

Also great for photography because it is so stable.

It is also COMFORTABLE. The seat in the 145 might be the most comfortable kayak seat out there. It is the most comfortable one I've sat in, and I can paddle it for 10+ miles or so, 4+ hours, and still be OK. However, the seat back, though REALLY comfortable and adjustable, becomes a real pain once you start doing wet exits and reentries. It flops forward when you are trying to slither back in after a T-rescue or paddle-float reentry. I have the seat back of mine tied back with a bungee cord, but I have yet to test a re-entry in the water. You can swap out the seat back in the T145 for the backband that is used in the Tsunami 165, Tsunami 175, and Zephyrs, but the backband is NOWHERE NEAR as comfortable for paddling. HOWEVER, kayak rentry after a wet exit is much easier with the backband. You can just slide right over it. I have the backband kit and will be converting mine soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Bare on April 26, 2012
I purchased this boat from a local retailer, not Amazon. Mine came with a steering rudder system, which to me, makes this boat even that much better. Three compartments, the back two share the same space. I am impressed with the weight, or lack of it. I used to throw it on the top of my pick-up bed trailer when camping, then moved to the top of my roll bars on my Jeep Wrangler. Now, it rides on my Honda CR-V, atop of an inexpensive ($29.99) Foam & Straps carrier I purchased from a local retailer.

It tracks well, but with the rudder, using the included foot pegs, I can paddle left side, then right side in a steady rythum and trim my direction with my feet. Makes for an even upper-body workout and even though you're only traveling between 5-8 miles per hour, seems like you're doing much faster.

I've owned this for four years now and this will be the first year I move from Slow rivers and lakes to Monterey Bay to get a bit closer to the sealions and otters.

I'm a big guy, currently 6'-0" at 260 lbs., gaining 40 over the past few years. I still fit inside with no problem, but getting out in deeper water has proved difficult without getting soaked. I've never rolled it, nor do I have a skirt to do so. So, if it tips over it will swamp.

I am happy with the contruction of this kayak, and it has held it's shape very well. I hang this in my garage from the rafters with a very thick, soft rope, wrapped around the hull at the front and back, in an upright position. When I carry it on my car, I carry it upright and only use tension straps across the top, in front and behind the cockpit. I do not tie down the front or back to the car like I used to do, because when I would arive, I would notice a slight bend in the boat.
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