Last Updated on 07/03/2022
Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS Sit-In Fishing Kayak Review
Cruising around lakes is a pleasure with your rods angled off the back, secured firmly in place by the Flush Mount Fishing Rod Holders
- Dimensions: 12 Feet x 29.5 Inches x 13.5 Inches
- Weight: 47 Lbs / 21.3 kg
- Weight Capacity: 395 Lbs / 179.2 kg
The Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS Sit-In Fishing Kayak is the bigger brother of the 2 very popular Sun Dolphin Aruba 8 and 10-foot fishing kayak models. The extra legroom is great for longer legs and also means you get a lot more pack space for those trips when you need more than a cooler box full of beer! Designed with heavy-duty, dent-resistant material you can use this as a recreational kayak down mighty rivers as well as sit back and enjoy the fishin’.
Cruising around lakes is a pleasure with your rods angled off the back, secured firmly in place by the Flush Mount Fishing Rod Holders. The seat is fairly standard but can be improved by adding a padded kayak seat or some extra cushioning for long periods out on the water. Coming with a paddle included, the kayak also has a nifty paddle holder on the right-hand side so that you don’t have to worry about losing it off the side.
Made from Rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High-Density Polyethylene, you can be sure the Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS Sit-In Fishing Kayak will last a lifetime and requires little to no maintenance. You can leave this thing in the woodshed for a year and it will be just the same as when you left it in 12 months time. Tracks straight and paddles swiftly through the still water with ease and handles challenging maneuvers on the ocean as good as any other fishing kayak.
The extra size doesn’t affect the handling as much as you might think and glides through fast-moving water with nimble movements. Highly portable and lightweight at 21.3 kg, portaging the kayak from the car and across the rough ground is easy using the retractable handles. The Shock Cord Deck Rigging is also really handy for moving the kayak through shallow water or for grabbing onto should the unthinkable happen.
There is plenty of storage space for dry bags at both the front and back as well as easy access covered console in the cockpit, perfect for keeping your valuables safe and your outdoor gear handy. The larger rear compartment has a double portal, removing the Shock Cord Deck Rigging gives you complete open access to the entire compartment which is a nice little feature for longer fishing trips. Adjustable foot braces let you facilitate your body length and make accessing your gear while sitting in the kayak all the more achievable.
At 12 feet long you won’t be able to fit the Sun Dolphin Aruba 12 SS Sit-In Fishing Kayak in the back of your car, but buying a kayak roof rack is a good idea either way to keep the river sludge and pond water off your car seats. If you are looking for a fishing canoe but can’t justify it to the other half, this is a great value for money option that the whole family can use. With all the flooding that seems to be happening recently, it’s perhaps not a bad idea to keep a kayak in the shed.
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