Best Fiberglass Kayak
Seaward Tyee 17’

The Seawood Tyee is a world-class touring kayak built in one of the world’s most beautiful paddling destinations on Vancouver Island, BC. This fiberglass boat has the stability necessary for entry-level paddlers with the features and performance sought after by more experienced paddlers.

The 17’ length of this touring kayak makes it excellent for longer trips, as it will travel faster and more efficiently through the water. It is equipped with a Smart Rudder System, which makes deploying and retracting the rudder simple, and allows for great maneuverability through larger seas.

The Tyee has a storage capacity of 58.9 gallons, meaning you can store multiple days of gear in this boat easily. It has a 24” beam, which gives the boat stability but doesn’t hamper the more experienced paddler who is focused on achieving speed and distance in this boat.

The Tyee’s fiberglass construction makes it robust and able to carry a lot of weight without the risk of flexing like a thermoformed boat. It is also a lot lighter than a roto-molded polyethylene boat but with the same durability. It also comes with a UHMW Keel Guard to protect the boat when dragging it up the beach or sliding it onto your roof racks.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Robust fiberglass construction
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    Smart Rudder System provides great maneuverability
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    17’ length allows the boat to move faster and more efficiently
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    Plenty of storage

Things we don't like:

  • check-markMore expensive than a roto-molded polyethylene boat or thermoformed kayak

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Seaward Tyee 17’

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Robust fiberglass construction
  • check-mark
    Smart Rudder System provides great maneuverability
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    17’ length allows the boat to move faster and more efficiently
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    Plenty of storage

Things we don't like:

  • check-markMore expensive than a roto-molded polyethylene boat or thermoformed kayak

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