The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak in this review is the 10 foot version of the kayak. There is also a 12 foot version available which will have similar characteristics. The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak is great sit in fishing kayak, proudly made in the United States. It comes ready to go fishing with its swivel rod holder and two flush mount rod holders. The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak is easily adjusted with its adjustable foot braces as well and deluxe adjustable seat. The seat has a high back support which makes the kayak comfortable to sit in while paddling and while just sitting back while waiting for the fish to bite.
The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak is constructed out of extremely tough polyethylene. The hull is designed to be both maneuverable when you want to turn as well as stable when you want to track forward. The spray deflector collar will help keep you dry when paddling out to your favorite fishing spot. Some reviewers have mentioned that this kayak is arthritis-friendly due to its size, weight and water movement, which is a great benefit. Even if you don’t have arthritis, you will enjoy the smooth paddling experience that this kayak gives you. No fighting the water, just enjoyment.
The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak can be dragged to the water or hit rocks in the water without damaging the hull. It fits well into a standard truck bed and can be secured with standard bungee cords (not included with the kayak). You can easily get this kayak around on land since it only weighs 40 pounds. While this is great on dry land, it does have the drawback that it can only carry a maximum of 250 pounds. This makes the Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak unsuitable for those of us who happen to be taller or wider than other folks. I find this to be the biggest drawback to this kayak, if you are close to the weight limit; you will be riding low in the water and won’t be able to take much with you on the water. On the other hand, if you want a light-weight kayak for shorter fishing trips, this kayak is the one for you. An afternoon of fishing doesn’t require a lot of gear and so you will not need to worry about extra weight.
Even though the Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak may seem small as far as capacity, it is far roomier than many kayaks of the same length. There is ample room in the cockpit to move from side to side. This allows for fluid motion when casting and reeling. The seat on this kayak features padding and can be adjusted to suit the comforts of longer or shorter legs. The pads are located along the spray deflector collar to protect knees and thighs from rubbing against the boat. The interior also features adjustable foot braces to further customize the fit. Most medium to large adults will have no problem feeling comfortable in the larger cockpit. The overall size of the boat even makes it great for teenage anglers, This kayak is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. However if you are looking for a family day out and a bigger kayak we recommend the Intex Excursion 5, you can fit the entire family even the dog!
The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak is sleek and elegant. It is only available in olive green. This may be a turn off for some people, but for those of us who love to fish, we know that this color makes the kayak harder for fish to see as we silently move across the lake or down the river.
The Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak is designed specifically for fishing on lakes and rivers. This is not a kayak to be taken out on whitewater or down fast rapids. It will probably survive thanks to its durability, but it was not built for that kind of rapid maneuvering. But when it comes to fishing, this is the perfect kayak. It is a single person kayak that can be transported by a single person. This sounds like common sense, but heavier one-person kayaks often need multiple people to get them from garage to vehicle and from vehicle to water. If you have a larger budget we do recommend the Hobie Mirage Revolution 13, it feels for safe and a better quality of design but this kayak still does the job done and should not be ignored.
What I Like About the Sun Dolphin Excursion Fishing Kayak
- Light weight and easy to carry for most people
- Polyethylene hull is slick and breaks through the water easily as well as repel waves lapping against the gunwales
- Convenient storage with shock cord deck rigging, we recommend you buy the TMS Cart-Canoe/Kayak-KY001
- Great for lakes and rivers
- Fully adjustable for people of all heights and ages