Don’t be fooled by the low price of the Sevylor Tahiti Classic Kayak – this is a quality inflatable kayak that can carry up to 400 pounds, yet weighs only 25 pounds deflated.
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A Look at the Kayak
The Sevylor Tahiti Classic kayak is a two-person inflatable canoe that is distinctive for its bright yellow color. (It also comes in a more rugged-looking, hunting/fishing green & tan color.) Produced since 1963, this PVC hulled kayak is the oldest model of the Sevylor line. It’s self-bailing kayak, has a pronounced rocker, yet is tough enough to have been taken down the entire length of the Amazon River — twice.
- Tubular I-beam floor
- PVC laminate material
- Boston Valves
- Bow & Stern spray skirts
- Self-bailing drain hole
- 2 inflatable seats w/back support
- Sevylor Skeg – $18 (a fin that hooks on the rear bottom of the boat)
- 92” kayak paddle ($30 and up)
- Air pump ($15 – $30)
Pros and Cons
|Dimensions||10’7″ x 2′ 7″|
|Inflation time||8 minutes|
Easy to inflate and deflate – easy to carry and store – lasts for 10-15 years if taken care of – fun for family – comfortable seats.
Sevylor Tahiti Classic Kayaks can be punctured if you ram into sticks and sharp rocks (but here’s a pro: patches will hold for years, good as new) – and lastly, it’s a shame the skeg is sold separately. It should be standard equipment because without it, the Tahiti Classic is hard to track (paddle in a straight line).
What Reviewers Say
In order to have a more enjoyable experience on the water, and to get the best performance out of this Sevylor, it is important to pay attention to inflatable kayak reviews. Yes, they have been universal in praise of the Sevylor Tahiti Classic but the best thing is that reviewers pass along tips that are particular to this model. For example, the Tahiti Classic has two Boston valves and one regular valve. You should use a pump that will have adapters for both types of valves, otherwise, you’ll be stuck inflating the floor by mouth. Also, almost every review will recommend the use of a skeg with this model to keep from spinning and fishtailing.
What We Say
The Tahiti Classic Kayak has a list price of $149 but you can usually find one online for around $100. To keep the price low and appealing, Sevylor sells the craft only — no package of goodies included — so it’s up to you to purchase a paddle, air pump, and skeg separately. If inflatable kayaks starting at $400 are above your budget or needs, this little legend is a good place to start for beginners or anyone wanting a kayak to use a couple of times a year. The Sevylor Tahiti Classic Kayak is affordable, stable, easy to use, and a lot of fun.
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.