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Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak with Dashboard - 2011/2012 Specs
57 x 22 inches
Padded / foam
Number of paddlers
Weight capacity (lbs)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak with Dashboard - 2011/2012
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Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak with Dashboard - 2011/2012is rated4.0out of5by1.
Rated4out of5byCapt MorganfromI Made the Right Choice for My NeedsI bought my WS Pungo 120 in April, earlier this year. I have been out on the water with it approximately twice a week since the season picked up in June in Maryland. I have taken this recreational kayak to the open-water of Annapolis and North East, MD, the bayside in Dewey Beach, DE, to Triadelphia Reservoir and Piney Run Park in Central MD, Patapsco Valley State Park (Daniels Dam), Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hammerman Area), Tuckahoe State Park, Point Lookout State Park (both the lakes and the Potomac River), Mattawoman Creek, and Mallows Bay. I have to say that the Pungo served me well in all of those conditions, from light chop and wind to very calm, perfectly flat river water. The boat is a very durable plastic that can handle a beating and probably really light rapids (like Class II). I've dragged it across beaches, and even bought it a set of wheels for long walks down to the put-in from the car. I love the bright colors, so that motorized boats can see you from quite a distance. I have been paddling, starting with canoe, since 1994, and then got into flatwater kayaking in the early 2000's, and this is my first owned boat. What leaned me towards this rec boat was that I needed a wide cockpit to also hold my 50 lb mutt dog. This boat works well for that, when the optional dashboard is removed. My boyfriend loved the open cockpit so much, as compared to the tighter sea kayaks, that he recently purchased the Pungo 140 model. This boat features a bulkhead in the stern, but the bow is wide open and could probably use floats. I guess this was because the boat is shorter and allows for more leg room. Myself, at 5'2", I have the feet rests all the way up towards the seat (and fits me just fine) and don't need all that extra open space in the front. Without a bulkhead, this area could potentially take on a lot of water if the boat capsized and would be very difficult to turn over. On that note, it is VERY hard to flip a Pungo unintentionally. Even forcibly spilling during a rescue practice, was hard. This boat is extremely stable in the water and getting in and out of it. So, for that reason, it may be great for a beginner kayaker and/or someone that likes the feel of a canoe. Getting back into the boat was actually quite difficult from the water during the rescue practice, as the boat sits really high out of the water and I could not use a paddle float nor climb onto the back cowboy style. I ended up having another kayaker hold my boat in place while I stuck one leg up into the inside and then pulled myself back into the cockpit of the boat. As the only cords on the outside of the boat are elastic, I may end up installing my own tighter cords down along the sides to have something to hold onto to get back into the boat more easily. I really like the pads for my knees on the opening of the cockpit, and found that the newer style locking storage areas work quite quickly and well compared to the lids on the prior models. I have not had any problems keeping up with groups with my slower rec boat (compared to the much longer sea kayaks), but note that its top speed is definitely less of that of a longer boat. The cockpit area, though open for my coolers, dog, etc. can end up taking in water from the drip on the paddle, so keep a sponge and bilge pump and/or half-skirt handy. As I mentioned before, I'm only 5'2" and though the boat weighs in at 49 lbs, I have been able to get the boat on and off my '12 Subaru Forester completely by myself with Thule a saddle carrier. I put a non-slip bath mat on the back of my car and slowly push the boat up onto and/or pull down from the car. Then, I can get it loaded onto wheels and off I go.
Date published: 2012-09-05
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Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak with Dashboard - 2011/2012 Customer Reviews