Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili
Bluefin 142 – Chili

Bluefin 142

54 customer reviews



Bluefin 142 is our second generation premium packable kayak. This innovative hard-shell kayak packs down to just 42 inches in the included rolling bag. Our patented clamping system joins each section together with a durable water-tight seal in under 5 minutes.

  • Packs down to 42″
  • Assembled Length: 14’2″ feet
  • Weight: 59 lbs
  • Cockpit: 18″ x 35.5″
  • Includes Zipper Bag w/ Wheels
  • Leak-free guarantee!
  • Proudly designed, molded and hand-assembled in the USA
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Additional information

Weight 59 lbs
Dimensions 46 × 25 × 17 in

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Assembled Dimensions

170”L x 24”W x 16”H / 432 x 61 x 41 cm

Nested Dimensions

42”L x 24”W x 16”H / 107 x 61 x 41 cm

Bag Dimensions

44.5”L x 24”W x 16”H / 113 x 61 x 41 cm


59 lbs / 28 kg


18” x 35.5” / 46 x 90 cm

Legroom (seatback to bulkhead)

48.5” / 123 cm

Max Capacity

300 lbs / 136 kg


Plastic resin specially formulated for kayak industry


Molded and hand-assembled in the U.S.A.

*  Prices shown are U.S. Dollar retail prices, net not including taxes, duties or other customs fees. Prices subject to change without notice.

*  Color and shading may vary slightly from those shown and there may be color variations part to part as each kayak that we produce is unique. Additionally, minor scratches may occur during the de-molding process or shipping. These and the variations in color and shading are not covered by warranty.

Compare the Bluefin 14 and the Bluefin 142

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With the new design, our revolutionary kayak will fit a greater range of paddlers.

Just like the original Bluefin 14, the Bluefin 142 has bombproof construction, tongue and groove connections and clamps that apply 500 pounds of holding force (EACH) and squeeze a silicone gasket making it completely watertight – we promise! And, it assembles in less than 3 minutes. Watch!

Bag to Boat in Under 3 Minutes – Time Lapse


Bag to Boat in Under 3 Minutes – Time Lapse

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As you may already know, our flagship model is a 14ft touring kayak that packs inside itself to 3 ½ feet and comes in a wheeled bag. It combines performance, quality and convenience. It’s easy to store, easy to move, assembles in 3 minutes and paddles beautifully, which makes it The Ultimate Kayak. If you are not familiar with us, feel free to check out our website and this feature video.



We built our kayaks strong. How strong? Watch.


Now, let’s get into some details.

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It Packs Inside Itself Like Russian Dolls

You’ve heard of the Russian Matryoshka dolls, the wooden dolls of decreasing sizes that all fit inside of each other, one by one, right?  Well, that’s how Pakayaks work.




Pakayak is The Ultimate Kayak that fits…

  • in your closet
  • in your car
  • in the elevator
  • in your apartment
  • in your RV
  • on your power boat
  • on the train
  • in your life!

Now, you can have a kayak that fits in your life and sacrifices nothing! A packable kayak without compromise.


Easy to store, easy to move, easy to assemble, all making it easy to explore and have fun. Think about it. You just need a few minutes to get out of the office and get in your kayak. How easy is it to get out and paddle? EASY as 1, 2, 3!   

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With the updated bag, you can carry or roll it. You can even add the all-terrain wheels and roll over any surface, even up stairs! 

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Get out and have FUN!

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You can fit 4 people and 4 kayaks in 1 large SUV or van, with NO ROOF RACKS!


Pakayak’s hard-shell nesting kayaks stack up (wink, wink) against the competition!


Our patented design has been featured and reviewed on TV and many online sites. Here are a bunch.


Power & Motor Yacht: “I was thoroughly surprised. Long story short: It was dry as a bone.”

Gear Junkie: “During my 6+ hour test on a river in Connecticut and on the choppy Long Island Sound, I kept experiencing two opposing disbeliefs: When I saw the kayak all packed up, I couldn’t believe the unit becomes an efficient, floating boat. Conversely, when I was on the water, I couldn’t believe I was paddling in a sectional kayak.”

Outside Mag: “At exactly two feet wide, the Blue Fin is plenty stable through wind-blown chop and the occasional rogue wave. It does not feel tippy, and I felt confident just sitting idle in it. As the morning fog started to clear and the south end of Catalina Island was illuminated by the sun, I was momentarily tempted to see if I could reach it by Pakayak.”

In 2016, we made a splash and have been cruising ever since. We introduced the only hard-shell packable kayak and changed kayaking forever. We have happy Pak Members in over 25 countries all over the world.

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Common Questions

Please see our FAQs page and our Knowledge Base for common questions and answers.


International Duties

INTERNATIONAL NOTE: Duties and taxes are NOT included on international orders and are due upon delivery. To calculate, use this third-party duty calculator with the HS Tariff code of 8903.99.00.00. For those of you in Canada, you can use this tool, also. Canadian customers may also incur a brokerage fee due to UPS.

54 reviews for Bluefin 142

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  1. Ben

    I’ve been paddling a Bluefin since their original model, the Bluefin 14. This picture is actually with one of the owners of the company, Doug Mackro. If you’re on the fence about buying one of these kayaks, just do it. You’re going to LOVE it.

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  2. Ron

    Unlimited adventure in a portable bag! Yes please! We have been paddling our pakayak kayaks since the original model first hit the water. We have 3 and room for one more in the garage. I can easily fit 2 Pak’s in the back of my small SUV. No worry about the boat flying off the roof on the road. Easy to unpack and pack up at the end of your trip. This is a legit Kayak that cuts through the water, true and easy. Great investment in good times!

  3. Rich Kosh (verified owner)

    I began kayaking in inflatable kayaks because it made no sense to spend a lot of money on something I might not like. It turned out to be a passion and I quickly decided that I needed to upgrade to a hardshell kayak. Without a roof rack, and looking at spending a lot of money for rails and a rack before I could even buy a kayak was very discouraging. Then I heard about Pakayak.

    I did my research, and ordered a Bluefin 142 during COVID lockdown. It took a while to get it, since even Pakayak was closed down for a while, but once it arrived I was amazed. It fits together in less than 5 minutes and is rock-solid. It actually takes longer to assemble on some days, because I end up with lots of looki-loos asking me questions as I put it together. In the water, it handles like a dream. I’ve taken it out about 30 times so far, and each time I’m liking it more and more. It handles the ocean just as easily as the lakes, and paddling a mile off shore, even in moderate swells is usually not an issue. This is probably the best investment I’ve made in a long time. I highly recommend you try a Pakayak.

  4. Matthew Clark

    An absolute must for anyone serious about kayaking, but doesn’t have the space or the patience for all the storage and transportation hassles that come with owning a legit touring kayak.

    I live in central Florida, where there are beautiful kayaking opportunities abound, and since around 2013 I’ve been a fairly frequent paddler. For quite some time I would rent a kayak or paddle board probably almost weekly, as I am an apartment dweller and small car owner, and the costs of renting really started to add up. I started working for a rental and tour company in 2016, and was able to get in a real touring style kayak for the first time. The difference in performance and paddling experience compared to the sit-on-tops I’d been used to was mind-blowing! I enjoyed paddling and started exploring paddling routes with distances that seemed previously inconceivable due to the sluggishness of the average sit-on-tops I was used to. When I moved on from the rental and tour company, I really missed having access to a touring boat. I found a really nice used Necky Looksha Sport 14.5 and decided to go for it, it could live in my living room and I’d deal with strapping it to the rack-less roof of my little hatchback. I loved that boat, but the hassle of using it regularly led to me paddling far less frequently than I would have liked. I’d often leave it strapped on my car roof for days at a time because it was easier than thoroughly washing it and hauling it up and into my apartment, where there was barely room for it anyway, but I constantly worried about it being stolen off my car. I finally decided that there had to be a better way, and I started looking into portable options for touring kayaks. I was blown away by the concept of the Pakayak, and quickly sold my Necky and bit the bullet. It was the best purchase decision I’ve made in my life!

    The Bluefin 14 and 142 both perform incredibly similarly to any other high end touring kayak, it tracks very well, is tough enough to handle bumps and scrapes and portages over logs and branches with ease, and packs in to a bag that can fit 3 times over in my hatchback! Seriously, a 14 foot boat that packs into 3.5×2 feet… I was (and am) in love! Now, I paddle more days than I don’t, and it’s all thanks to this brilliant sectional nesting wonder of engineering. I’ve since acquired 2 more to bring friends and family out. Thank you Pakayak!

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  5. John DiPrima

    Looking for something like this.

  6. Gideon

    I’ve never had a place to store a kayak so I just accepted that I’d have to rent every time I wanted to paddle… until Pakayak. Not only is the Pakayak so much easier to store than other Kayaks, it’s also an incredible light and smooth boat to paddle!

  7. Sean Moriarty

    I have owned my Pakayak since they first came out. I was not an experienced paddler but liked to go out every once in a while. I decide to purchase the Pakayak for the convenience of transporting it. I fell in love with my Pakayak from the get go. The ease of assembly and actual use are phenomenal. I am 6’2″ tall and am pretty comfortable in the 14. I recently tried out my cousin’s 142 and love it even more. I am not a small man and it is stable and tracks great. As an added bonus, my wife and I can fit both of our Pakayaks in her very small Ford Fiesta.

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  8. Cort

    PAKAYAK is a great boat that easily gets me out on the water for everything from casual paddling, to radical play, riding the surf.
    I paddle outrigger canoes and surfskis competitively. I love being on the water with my friends, and not all of them are competitive. A sea kayak is much more stable and therefore friendly even for non-paddlers. The Pakayak is transportable. At a little over 14 feet fully assembled, it packs down into about 3.5 feet. So, a rack is not necessary on my car or for storage. I can take it up the elevator. And it travels with me on flights to beautiful places around the world! The handling on the water is better than other sea kayaks I have owned. As an ocean canoe paddler, speed and glide are important to me. I did not expect those qualities in a sea kayak and was pleasantly surprised that the Pakayak tracks very nicely (no wobble from side to side) and is great surfing the shore break. I use a standard sprayskirt when playing in the waves.
    If you are looking for a transportable watercraft filled with fun, PAKAYAK is the boat for you!

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  9. Suzanne K Werth

    Love it! I’m new to the sport and love this kayak! It’s super easy to assemble, paddles like a dream, tracks straight and true. Fits comfortably in the back of my convertible and makes me look like a pro! Get yourself one of these boats – you’ll be glad you did! Sunshine color is sweet ☀️

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  10. Mike

    My wife and I are avid kayakers and have been paddling lakes, rivers and shorelines across the Northeastern US for many years (using a variety of different boats). We’ve been using Pakayaks since they first came on the market and there is no question that the design is ingenious and works really well! The updated version (Bluefin 142) adds some extra legroom, which is more than enough for both of us (I have a 32” inseam and my wife has a 34” inseam!!). Assembling and disassembling is a cinch, and the paddling dynamics rival any sea kayak we’ve tried. It amazes me that this 14’ boat is so packable without any compromises in performance or durability. You CAN have your cake and eat it too!!

  11. Cynthia

    I am a new paddler. A few years back, a friend and I decided to haul her traditional kayaks out and take them to a lake for a spin. Her husband loaded them at her house. We were able to get them off the roof rack but it was impossible for us to load them back on. We had to summons the “tall guy” in the parking lot for help.
    When I was intoduced to Pakayak, I knew I had to have one. I bought the Surf color and fell in love. I have had it for 5 years. It’s sweet. It tracks beautifully and smoothly. I even fish from mine. I am an avid camper and take it everywhere I go. I load it right inside my hybrid camper. I love to explore new lakes with it and find fresh blueberries for the picking! Everywhere I take it, people are so curious about it. The owners are super supportive if I have any questions. This, by far, is one of my smartest and funnest purchases I’ve ever made. Happy paddling. Hope to see you at a lake nearby!!

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  12. Hill

    Awesome! I can comfortably stretch my legs out in front of me, cross them inside, put my knees up, or lean back and put my legs out on top of the boat for a more relaxed paddle. Two Pakayaks fit in my Forester and with my bad back, it’s an extra bonus to not have to lift the boat to the top of the car, especially if I’m going out solo. Smooth, streamlined performance too! Get it.

  13. Alexander Stewart

    This past spring we discovered how much we enjoy kayaking. We have always loved being in, around or on the water and a guide at a local kayak rental place suggested Pakayak. Living in an apartment with limited storage, this was the perfect solution. The ease with which they assemble and disassemble continues to amaze us (as well as anyone around when we are out kayaking). We continue to completely love our Pakayaks.

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  14. Daniel Ortiz

    Buying my Pakayak has been one of the Best Buy’s of my life! I love being on the water and with my Bluefin I’m able to have a high quality kayak that enables me to access places I otherwise wouldn’t be able to get to! I’ve kayaked on open water, sandbars, mangroves and it handles beautifully! Every time I go out and I’m either setting up or packing up I always get stoped and asked about my Yak since everyone is so impressed. Plus with its compact size it fits in the back seat of my Corolla with ease and takes up very minimal space in my garage. With the size being 14ft and the width being what it is this is the best well rounded kayak you can find since I find it to be very sturdy, cuts through water well, can carry a lot of gear, and gets you almost anywhere you think a kayak can go. Definitely recommend this for anyone who is wanting a portable kayak since this is without a doubt the best one on the market!

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  15. Arthur Mollenhauer

    I finally got my “bad boy” out on the water. Great day. Nice and calm. What I like: The color, of course. Yak is nimble and easy to maneuver. Spacious enough interior (I’m 6’1” @ 205#). Easy to get into. Paddles with ease (maybe not quite as fast as my Pungo 120). Ease of transport (in the back of my Honda CRV & wheeled to the lake with a 2 wheeled kayak cart placed under section 3). Gets a lot of attention 😊. The seat is “adequate.” I still have to find the right foot brace position for handling. What I dislike: the inadequate back support. My back was actually supported by the back of the cockpit. Not overly uncomfortable for a one hour paddle but, insufficient support.
    All in all, it’s a keeper!

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  16. Kim Lee Josephsen (verified owner)

    Hi, I am Kim. I am Danish but I live in South Korea. I have passed 63 this year and never sailed or owned a kayak. However, I was tempted many times to get one, as it always looked fascinating when other people paddled on. Fresh air, move your muscles, come around, enjoy. That should be a go for it. I live in an apartment with no possibility to have a kayak hanging over the car in the common basement parking. Driving a sports car with roof rails would not be an obvious option as well. Therefore, I dropped the idea until I found various packable kayak types on the internet. My love fell fast on the good-looking Pakayak Bluefin 142 with the checklist easily satisfied:
     Ship to Korea
     Can be stored in the APT
     Can go in the car
     Easy assembly
     Easy re-packing into the storage bag
     Wheels under the bag
    Naturally, the C19 Pandemic problem also gave challenges for the Pakayak manufacturing. After some delay, I e-mailed with Pakayak to get news about the situation. I got nice return mails and I felt comfortable with the people of Pakayak. Good attitude and mind towards customer.
    Finally, I received the 142. Immediately I tried to assemble it in my apt. (wife not too happy with me) to get acquainted with it and to not look stupid at my first assembly at sea side! It was not difficult though.
    Then studied internet on how to get in and out of the kayak, how to sit, how to paddle. Soon the first paddling, next weekend again, etc. very good and new feeling getting around in a kayak. Big waves were a bit scary at first until I felt that the 142 had no problem with it.
    One day I got a clamp lock damaged and needed a new one. Contacted Pakayak – they would arrange the necessary for me to self-service the matter in Korea. That was fine for me (I like small DIY jobs like that so no problem).
    Totally, a very nice product, nice people with the right mindset (I would like to meet them one day), good dialog and service – what more can you ask. Just the way it shall be. I am happy I bought the 142.
    Best Regards

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  17. Marie

    I have had my Pakayak Bluefin 142 for almost a year and a half now and I absolutely LOVE it! Prior to purchasing this boat I did a lot of research into kayaks that would fit my lifestyle and my budget. I wanted a boat that was durable, reliable, portable, and configured in a way that would allow me to do long haul kayak camping trips. There are quite a few options out there, from traditional unibody kayaks, to folding, and skin on frame boats. I primarily kayak solo in high alpine rocky mountain lakes, and long wide prairie rivers in Canada. I needed a boat that could withstand rock scuffs, safely allow me to handle cold and unpredictable weather, fit all my camping gear, and be portable enough to easily travel with it solo.

    After extensive reading I decided to opt for the Pakayak. What appealed to me was the durable rotomolded construction (to handle the inevitable jagged rock scuffs), the watertight front and back sections (for secure storage and added safety), and the compact design when stored (it fits in the back seat of my hatchback!)

    – Very durable.
    – Latches are secure and easy to use. I have never had a problem with leakage, the boat is very water tight.
    – There is no need to purchase a roof rack or kayak carrier (which typically costs a minimum of $300), and the kayak can fit in my car and garage very easily.
    – If you kayak solo you will not need to struggle with lifting a boat onto the roof, the kayak can be easily managed by one person (this was a MAJOR pro for me).
    – The kayak handles very well. Its tracking is very crisp and it edges very well too.
    – The price is very competitive for a more advanced boat.
    – The cockpit for the boat is quite large, but my Seals spray skirt fits very well. This boat can handle rolling and more challenging weather conditions.
    – All components of the boat are replaceable, parts are sold on the Pakayak website. I haven’t needed to replace anything, but it’s nice to know I can if I want to.
    – There is ample room in the boat for tall people. I am 5ft 11 and the boat feels quite comfortable.
    – Boat assembly is easy and takes me about 10 minutes. Putting the boat away in the garage at the end of the day literally takes about 15 seconds to roll it into its spot.
    – I have taken this boat on multi day long haul camping trips, up to 10 hours of paddling per day. It is comfortable and reliable.

    – The travel wheels that come with the bag are very handy, but not great for travelling over anything other than paved surfaces. If you intend to take your boat off road for a bit I suggest purchasing the larger wheels from Pakayak.

    Bonus Pro! The Pakayak customer service is absolutely awesome! If you have any questions or concerns they are incredibly responsive, and they truly care about your enjoyment of the boat. My Pakayak was built with a slightly earlier model of clamp. I never had any issues with the clamps at all, but Pakayak reached out to me when a newer version was released and sent me all new clamps for the entire boat! When I received the package with the new clamps I was absolutely blown away. Not only had they sent me all new clamps and install instructions, but they even sent me all the tools needed to make the upgrade, including an electric screwdriver and 90 degree angle attachment. Wow! The upgrade was easy and I have been loving my boat ever since. Amazing customer care!

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  18. Kelley Buttrick

    I own two Pakayaks. One original Bluefin 14 and a Bluefin 142. They are the ultimate in portability and functionality. It’s easy to put them in the back of my Jeep Wrangler and go anywhere to paddle. My Pakayaks come camping with me anytime I’m near water and always attract a lot of attention. Since I’m on the shorter side, it’s nice not to have to climb stools and ladders to then strap kayaks to the top of my vehicle and drive worried one may fall. I just roll the bag to the back of my Jeep and slide it in. The Pakayak assembles and disassembles quickly. My Pakayaks give me the freedom to paddle any time, anywhere!

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  19. Vivek (verified owner)

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    Love it! Easy to assemble. A great sea kayak!

  20. Susan B. (verified owner)

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    Love these kayak as we can get both in our motorhome garage along with our bikes. Looking forward to touring round Europe next spring. We tried them out in a local loch and the were far superior to the previous kayak we had. Easy to assemble, we used a cheap yoga mat to build them up on as it was very muddy where we were.

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  21. DanT (verified owner)

    Been enjoying my Pakayak all summer. My only regret is that I took so long to make the decision to buy it. Ordered it just in time for the summer of 2020 covid production delays, salvaged that summer in a cheap inflatable kayak, and hated working so hard to keep up with others, and how the deflated kayak stays wet for days and gets stinky. When I got the Pakayak out on the water, wow, really wow. First Pakayak use was early spring at a small boat ramp. This would have been just a float test, but it paddled so easy I went out of the launch area into the river channel and easily made headway upstream. No way that inflatable could do this. Already, I know this yak’s worth it.

    Paddling with friends, it’s easy to keep up, or relax and then catch up. At the launch, I can assemble/disassemble in the time it takes them to deal with their roof rack tie straps. We drove out to explore lakes in eastern Washington. During the return trip, strong gusty wind buffets the yaks on the roof rack, so their drive was slow and stressful. My yak was safe inside.

    Paddling with other groups I saw 17ft ‘expedition’ kayaks, shorter and wider ‘fishing’ kayaks, and a novice struggling with ORU assembly. Glad to have a Pakayak. If you’re reading this review trying to decide, hey just get one.


    The Pakayak spray skirt is zippered for easy access to things inside the cockpit. It keeps the paddle drippings out of the cockpit. I use it for every outing.

    The wheels included on the bag are useful only for smooth floor, not pavement. The shoulder straps included with the Pakayak for backpacking it are painfully narrow. For this much weight (59 pounds for yak plus 5 pounds for bag) it really needs a waist harness to relieve weight on shoulders. Pakayak offers an All-Terrain Wheels kit for the bag. I use Railblaza C-TUG Sandtrakz. It straps to the bag, or to the assembled yak. I can roll to the water and then stow the wheels in the forward hatch.

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  22. Patrick S. (verified owner)

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    Easy to assemble and stable on the water. With my dry suite almost any day is a good day to kayak.

  23. Mike Jones (verified owner)

    Pakayak is a dream come true, being an apartment dweller in San Diego California. My wife and I each own a Pakayak and we are able to store both in our one bedroom apartment which is amazing, but even more amazing is that I can fit two 14 foot kayaks in my Jeep Wrangler! How many people can say they have gone off-roading with two kayaks in their Jeep? We can… Despite living in San Diego and having plenty of amazing places to go Kayaking we have taken our Kayaks on multiple trips out of state to explore the wonderful lake powell!

    Our Pakayaks even allowed us to go on an adventure “normal” kayak could not go on. Catalina Island is off the Coast of Los Angeles and has beautiful crystal clear water and plenty of boat in only campsites. Normally you have to rent a kayak on the island for a lot of money or spend a lot of money to ship your kayak to the island. With our Pakayak Kayaks we were able to easily roll them onto the ferry which brings you to the island and set up once we got there for our adventure!

    Pakayaks are the true adventure kayak, that you can easily store and transport. There are other collapsible kayaks on the market that we have owned but were afraid that their flimsiness would get destroyed on a real adventure making beach landings on unknown rocky beaches. We have put our two Pakayaks to the test and they have been absolutely amazing on all our adventures!

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  24. William Hoyt (verified owner)

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    The Bluefin is everything I expected and more. On my maiden voyage the Pakayak and I landed in a full photo spread of a newspapaer reporter’s story on lake conditions.
    The boat and I have a lifetime of adventurers starting now.

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  25. Sue R. (verified owner)

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    All of the order arrived quickly and in one piece. Great service. Been out twice and look forward to my next paddle.

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  28. Steve Krasnow

    I received my Pakayak Bluefin 14 June, 2019. It has been all across the Tar Heel State in rivers and lakes. I have taken it on three day trips( max) with no issues. I have used my Pakayak over 150 times. Doug fitted my kayak with thigh braces and a rudder which was so nice of him. I ALWAYS use the braces. I have paddled my Pakayak more than 1000 miles in all conditions. Honestly, it is the most balanced boat I have ever experienced. It has been in 30 mph plus winds and mopping up squalls and heavy tidal currents. No issues for me.
    I paddle here in NC year round and with the skirt and proper gear it is so much fun. I still don’t understand how Doug Mackro engineered a boat that was so stable and maneuverable that the rudder is really not necessary. I can easily negotiate any windcocking and up to two foot whitecaps. I use the rolled up carry bag as a additional seat back to reinforce my back while I rotate. My wife LOVES that the kayak is not in the roof as we travel around the region. I had a local kayak expert look at the Pakayak and he suggested I order replacement stainless steel brackets for my original model Bluefin and said it would last for a very long time, I am not easy on my boats because I use them a lot and in different landscapes and conditions. So far so good.
    In addition, since it is so balanced and 24 inches wide, the Pakayak is the perfect boat to train less experienced paddlers.

  29. Raphael (verified owner)

    A perfect Kayak. Good performance in the water and kind service.

  30. Grace Lynch

    I got my Pakayak three years ago. I wanted a good sturdy sit in kayak. I did not want a cheap plastic sit on top, I’ve tried them and they did not handle well and we’re not comfortable. I have a tiny little house and could not store a regular kayak in there, I have a carport where things are stolen if they have any worth at all, and I kayak solo a lot and was worried I couldn’t get a kayak on a roof rack. The pair kayak is the perfect answer to all my problems and has given me hours of fun and relaxation. It’s one of the better birthday presents I’ve ever given to myself. If you’re considering getting one of these, just do it. You won’t be sorry.

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  32. Jane Richardson (verified owner)

    I purchased my Pakayak in late May. It arrived in a week. I took my maiden voyage last weekend, and it was heavenly. I’m 68 years old and single, and I chose Pakayak because I want to handle a kayak without help. I’m a petite 5’ 1” and I was able to launch it without help. My friend and I got two Pakayaks and all the gear in my Honda CR-V.

  33. jdigaetano (verified owner)

    Three short paddles and I love it. My wife got in a couple hours with it and so I had to order one for her.

  34. Josh (verified owner)

    These are fantastic! We bought two, one for each of us. Both fit in 1 car. First Kayak we’ve ever had seeing how we livr near so many lakes. No leaks so far. A bit heavy if you’re lugging it far but that’s normal for a kayak of this size.

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  35. Andrea (verified owner)

    My third kayak. First one is a 24 inch-wide, 13-foot inflatable that I loved until it started leaking. The second is a 21 inch-wide, 16-foot hard shell that’s pretty fast but, super hard to transport. So, this new Pakayak doesn’t feel too tippy at 24 inches wide, 14-foot and is plenty fast. If you’re thinking primary stability is an issue, rest assured that you’ll master this kayak and never go back to any flat-bottomed kayak again- they’re so boring. I’ve probably spend 25-30 hours in this kayak. Seat is comfortable and I love that the transport bag is meant to store behind the seat. So far, I’ve been in three different rivers and two lakes. It’s so nice not to deal with a roof rack. It would be nice if the wheels on the bag were a bit bigger but, I understand that they might not fit in the kayak if that were so. I’m looking into adding thigh braces and am glad to have the option. All around, I’m very happy with this kayak and I’m looking forward to many, many years of use.

  36. Jimwhitfield (verified owner)

    Performance is great. The collapsing and assembly works very well. The latches are very secure. Love everything about the boat.

  37. Jim whitfield (verified owner)

    Performance is great. The collapsing and assembly works very well. The latches are very secure. Love everything about the boat.

  38. Fred Kratky

    I’ve had Bluefin 142 for three months now and have paddled it in local small lakes, a local river, Gerogian Bay and Lake Superior.

    This kayak is everything it promisses. It comes together in around 3 minutes and can be taken apart and packed away in 10 minutes. It handles wind and waves like a sea kayak should.

    I’ve bumped and scraped the kayak on rocks gravel and submerged tree stumps and it takes it like a champ.

    It has lived in the back of my car for the last three months so that I can go out for a paddle after work or on the weekend when I want to with no effort other than getting up and hopping in the car.

    This winter it will live in my appartment closet as I eagerly await for spring.

    Is it worth the price? You bet!!

  39. andreas malzacher (verified owner)

    Thanks, first time on the water, great fun, good stability

  40. Joanne Bornt (verified owner)

    So my husband and I purchased two Bluefin 142s in September, 2022. We’ve now been out in them four times … and we LOVE them!!! The first couple times took a little getting use to. Mostly because the kayaks we were using previously are 4 feet shorter and nowhere near as smooth! We live just south of the Adirondacks in upstate NY. We’re having so much fun, we’re heading to the Delaware shore soon to try them out in the ocean!!! BEST PURCHASE IN 2022!!!

    Image #1 from Joanne Bornt
    Image #2 from Joanne Bornt
  41. Pam Lloyd (verified owner)

    Great fun! Super easy to put together and store. Looking forward to more adventures on the water in my new toy.

  42. Emily (verified owner)

    For someone who is not willing to transport a 4m+ kayak on the roof top of their car, Pakayak is a solid option. Love the look and feel of Bluefin 142. In the water, you can hardly notice it’s a sectioned kayak.

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