Swift 17


Discovery 169 - 16’9”

Discovery 169 - 16’9”

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North Shore Trading Company

39130 North Shore Drive

PO Box 98

Fawnskin, CA 92333



Maker:  Seda Kayaks

Length:  17’

Beam:  24”

Depth:  11”

Cockpit: 33” x 16”

Capacity:  400 lbs.

Weight:  Fiberglass 48 lbs., Hybrid 44 lbs., Kevlar 41 lbs.

Material:  Fiberglass, Hybrid, Kevlar

Price:  $3100 + shipping

Options:  Hybrid + $300,  Kevlar + $600, Day Hatch + $200, Rudder + $195, Red, Mango, Yellow, Lime Green, Blue, White

If one needs a fast intermediate touring kayak with more initial stability, the Swift delivers. The latest version of this venerable design incorporates flush hatches and fittings while allowing for an optional day-hatch for easy gear access. A popular choice with intermediate paddlers, the Swift is ideal for those ready to step into a longer, faster kayak. It possesses a beautifully flared bow combined with low-profile fore and aft decks that keep windage to a minimum. Fast and easy to paddle, the Swift excels at covering miles quickly and efficiently.

Beam - Width of a kayak when measured at its widest point

Bulkhead - A partition inside the kayak that creates a separate watertight compartment for gear stowage and safety buoyancy

Chine - Where the curving sides of the hull gradually merge into the bottom

Cockpit - The opening in the kayak deck in which the paddler sits

Deck - The top of the kayak

Keel -The centerline ridge that runs along the hull of the kayak from bow to stern that helps maintain a straight course and provides stability

Rocker - The upward sweep of the keel toward the bow and stern. The more pronounced the rocker, the easier the kayak is to pivot

Stability - How easily the boat stays right-side-up in the water

Primary Stability - Primary stability is the relative stability of a boat that is sitting flat on the water right-side-up. A wider base gives increased primary stability

Secondary Stability - Secondary stability comes into play when the boat is turned on its side. The more surface area touching the water equals better stability. Good secondary stability helps keep the kayak upright when the paddler's balance goes beyond the primary stability

Skeg - A small fin mounted on the stern keel that provides increased tracking in windy conditions on rudderless kayaks