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Sun Dolphin Bali 10-Foot Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak Review

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Sundolphin Sun Dolphin Bali Ss Sit-On Top Kayak (Ocean, 10-Feet)

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  • DIMENSIONS: 10’ (30 x 13 x 120 inches)
  • MANUFACTURER: SUN DOLPHIN
  • WEIGHT: 28 POUNDS
  • MAX CAPACITY: 240 POUNDS
  • MATERIAL: HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE
  • TYPE: RECREATIONAL SIT ON TOP KAYAK
  • PERFECT FOR: CALM WATERS
  • CARRY HANDLE: YES
  • PADDLE INCLUDED: YES
  • COLORS: OCEAN OR RED
  • WARRANTY: LIMITED LIFETIME. ONE YEAR ON PARTS. CHECK WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS
  • OUR RATING: 4 STARS OUT OF FIVE
  • PRICE: $135+

WHAT CAN IT DO?

sun dolphin sit on top kayak review

The world of kayaks is a many splendored thing…which means it confuses the hell out of some people, and even this Beach Baby feels her pretty little head spinning with all the options out there, so perhaps it is a good time for a brief recap of the basics.

There are recreational kayaks, and there are touring kayaks.  These aren’t the only two distinctions, but for a basic overview it will do.

This Sun Dolphin Bali 10′ is a recreational kayak.  This means that it is not intended for long distances, difficult waters, or anything that is going to get you a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

It is more a Sunday afternoon splash about in a pond, not traversing the ocean waves, or becoming Livingstone discovering the Nile!

Scratch Resistant & Durable Recreational Kayak

The principal material this sit- on- top kayak is constructed from, is polyethylene.  The advantage to this, is that it will resist scratches and dents well, compared to some of the more expensive materials,and that any damage is relatively easy to repair.

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This is the good news.  The bad news is that it probably will not last forever, and may become brittle, over time, after exposure to years in the baking sun.

But the key word here is years.  It is not going to disintegrate any time soon, by any long shot of the imagination.  After all, this is a fairly durable kayak that Sun Dolphin has made, and you should have years of use in it.

There is also the manufacturer’s warranty, which allows for a limited lifetime guarantee.  This means that if there are any defects in the hull or the deck, it will be mended free of charge.  Any components and accessories are covered for one year.  It is worth reading the warranty properly, including any exclusions to it.

As the name implies, this is a sit- on- top (SOT) kayak as opposed to a more traditional kayak, which is almost worn by the rider, because you climb inside the vessel.

This means, basically, it is a lot easier to make a speedy exit from the boat, should you suddenly need to get out quick.  This is an important consideration, if you are perhaps either a novice or considering this for a child, who will not necessarily be a master kayaker.  Which leads on to our next question.

So, Is This More Like A Toy?

At 10 feet in length, and with a weight restriction of 240 pounds, this is definitely not a toy.

Kayaks like this, come in many shapes and sizes, and so, depending on what size you get, you can find these Sun Dolphin sit- on- top recreational kayaks that are good for kids, while others are much bigger, and can take more weight.  There are many different types, and each is slightly different, so look at the info carefully when you buy.  

Where Should I Take It?

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Because this is a recreational kayak, not a touring one, this is not meant for use outside of still and calm waters.

Basically, this means nice quiet lakes and ponds.  It is not intended for the sea or fast flowing rivers and streams, so do that at your own risk.  

A general rule of thumb concerning kayaks, is the longer and narrower they are, the faster they go, and the further they can traverse with ease.  This is pretty much the opposite of this one.  It is small, and therefore perfect for a few hours paddling in nice, still waters of a lake.

Of course, you are still going to ensure whoever uses this, has the appropriate life preservation kit on, especially if they are a kid.

Pros

So what does Beach Baby think are the best features about this particular boat?

Well, it is stable and sturdy.  It should be good for any beginners, and if you are just getting into kayaking, this is a great buy.

Generally, the reviews on Amazon – and from elsewhere – are kind to the Sun Dolphin Bali.  The average rating online for this kayak is a B+, which is not too shabby.

It is not massively expensive either, even if there are cheaper ones out there.

Most users are highly satisfied with this!  The reliability of it, and its safeness are the most cited advantages, based on our research.

Cons

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We, at Beach Baby, are happy to announce that there are not a whole lot of problems with this model.  

The only thing that comes up as an issue, is the feeling that the paddle, which is included, could be better.

As a first paddle for a teenager, it is perfectly okay.  However, if you want to get a bit more long term use out of it, you might wish to upgrade.

Overall, if this is the worst thing we can say about the Sun Dolphin, then this is not bad!!!

Highly recommended. – 4 STARS

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