The Chinook is a dream craft for every tour operator. The efficient hull design will load easily while still carrying larger paddlers without wearing them out. The Chinook features a large cockpit, inherent stability, and a feeling of speed when paddling. The Chinook is not only incredibly stable – ideal for fishing, photography and wildlife viewing – but also has a long waterline, astounding volume, dry ride and agile performance. The Chinook is a capable long range cruiser, yet a fun kayak for an afternoon paddle.
Primary stability is a reflection of how stable the kayak feels while sitting still on a calm body of water. A high primary stability is perfect for beginners, photographers and fisherman alike.
Secondary stability is the stability felt while edging the boat (leaning the kayak on one side using your hips). A kayak with a poor secondary will require a stronger bracing technique to edge with confidence.
There is no right or wrong answer here. A kayak that tracks more (more grey) will be easy to keep on a straight course. A loose kayak (more blue) will be easy to turn on a dime and change direction quickly.
This is the general speed of the kayak, combining acceleration, cruising speed, top speed and how easy it is to keep.
This represents the total inside storage volume the kayak offers. Rudder equipped kayaks tend to have more storage compared to skegs that take up some space in the rear hatch. A high rating for storage is perfect for a touring paddler.
The most important thing to consider while choosing the right kayak is the paddler themselves. One key factor is the skill level of the paddler. The skill level represents what is needed to use the kayak to its full potential. Starting out with an expert boat will not make you a better kayaker and can even hinder your progression.
|Length||17’ (5.2 m)|
|Width||24’’ (58.4 cm)|
|Cockpit||16 ½’’ x 32¼” (42 x 82 cm)|
|Kayak Weight||60 lbs (27.2 kg)|
|Recommended weight of paddler||125 to 375 lb (56 to 170 kg)|
|Recommended load limit||400 lb (181 kg)|
|Total Volume||62.3 gal us (236 L)|
|Type of Chine||Soft|
|Béluga skirt size||X-Large|