Pygmy Coho & Coho Hi

Voted Best Wooden Kayak by Sea Kayaker Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards: “The Coho has been on the market for 14 years and hasn’t lost any of its appeal. When we reviewed the Coho in 1998, it drew high praise from a 5’2″ woman and a 6’2″ man alike… For our reviewers the Coho was ‘beautifully responsive’ and ‘tracked quite well.’ One put it ‘on the top of my list for an expedition-style kayak.'” Another Magazine Review: “Of all of the boats I have reviewed, the Coho is my hands-down favorite. The combination of light weight and superb handling make this a wonderful boat. It is a good-tracking cruising boat I would recommend to anyone, whether novice or an experienced paddler.” We named the Coho in honor of the famous Coho salmon of the Northwest. Like her namesake, she flows fast, light, and lean through the water. John Lockwood created the Coho with the skilled paddler in mind, yet she is stable enough to delight beginners. Kayakers who enjoy high maneuverability and seek top cruising speed love this craft. John worked intensely at his computer and then produced 3 prototypes until he reached a perfect equation for the Coho: a quick turning, responsive hull carefully designed to track without requiring a rudder. John created the 17’6″ Coho with plenty of volume for the gear needed on big trips. Her 23″ beam provides good stability when loaded for a long paddle. Excellent buoyancy in bow and stern make her seaworthy for open ocean swell and surf, as well as quiet water. With a 12” depth at the cockpit, she has comfortable foot room for long hours of paddling. Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley have especially tested the Coho’s touring abilities in the popular documentary, Paddle to Seattle, where the two paddled the Coho for 97 days through the 1,300 mile Inside Passage from Alaska to Seattle. Although the Coho will migrate with you on long adventures, she’s so light at 39 pounds that many folks buy her primarily for day use. The Coho’s high maneuverability appeals to intermediate and advanced paddlers. Do a leaned turn and feel her easy response to your stroke. Her elegant lines and good stability appeal to beginners. Taller paddlers or those who wear a shoe size larger than a men’s twelve might prefer the fit of the Coho Hi.

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17′ 6″




39 & 43lbs


Wood Composite

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2 Layups: $1,159 – $1,179