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Reviews for Cape Lookout 145 Kayak by Wilderness Systems


Rated: 8/10 Based On: 7 Reviews

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03-01-2012
Submitted by: DavidSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     I bought this boat up in Alaska when I was 14. My family owns a fleet of kayaks and my Cape Lookout 145 is by far the favorite. It has great features in the cockpit that make it comfortable and easy to get in and out. The large rudder helps track in the ocean and other bodies of water. I kayak with 16 and 17 foot boats and never lag behind. If anything I have the most fun of the group because I am so maneuverable. This is a great boat to play on, tour on and enjoy in all types of water and occasions.
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02-26-2007
Submitted by: Send Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     The Cape Lookout 145, which is no longer made, was my first kayak purchased new in 2002. My Lookout has been in just about every kind of water you can think of. I have made 5-6 trips kayak camping with the boat in North Carolina at Fontana Lake next to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I got caught in a Thunderstorm near the ocean at the bay area of Pensacola Florida in 2004 and did a lot of praying while hugh waves slammed the back part of my boat as I struggled to get to shore. It held up tough in the storm! This boat is amazing!

I have never capsized in this boat, even with all I have been through. I even paddled this boat with some 17 foot touring kayaks/friends on a 27 mile trip down the Tennessee River.

I am very sad they stopped making it. I have kept up with the big boys in their 17 foot touring kayaks without any problem on EVERY trip I have been on. None of my friends with those larger boats ever questioned whether I could keep up with them because it was never an issue. It is a great cross between a touring boat and a day touring/recreation boat. It has a wonderful amount of room in the cockpit, is very stable, and again, has many of the features found on a full touring kayak (nice Phase 3 seat for example). While it is short on length, it makes up for it in width to store iems.

I just recently purchased a Cape Horn 170 (soon to be discontinued as well), and I can honestly say that the Cape Lookout would have served me just as well had I not purchased the Cape Horn. The only difference is a little more top bulkhead protection (straps and lid as opposed to rubber caps) and more storage space. The Lookout, if you can find one used, is what I would term a great "hybrid" "all around" boat between full touring and day touring/recreation. I even used it one time among canoe folks going down a very small river in a National Forest, a far cry from it's original intention. I got some laughs from the canoe guys! Other than me being nervous about damaging the rudder by slamming the back of the boat with the rudder into a rock wall, it did fine! I highly recommend this boat, especially if your are new to kayaking, or want a "general all purpose" boat.

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04-28-2004
Submitted by: David VSend Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I am 5'10", 200 lb and purchased my Cape Lookout 145 w/ Rudder in 2003. I also tried the Carolina and Cape Horn but found them both a bit too twitchy for my comfort as a beginner. The Cape Lookout is comfortable with good stability and handles well. The hull tends to oil can, but I understand that this is inherent to all plastic boats. The boat will weathercock in a breeze without the rudder and this is my only criticism.
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07-17-2003
Submitted by: Todd K.Send Email
Rating: 8 of 10

     I've been a kayaker for six years and have always rented boats. I thought it was time to buy a boat but I was considering my budget and I was visiting REI when I saw this Cape Lookout 145. Its shorter than most of the boats that I usually used but for my current 6'x225lb body the fit was good with out being too snug. I tried the boat out at an REI boat trials day on San Franciso Bay with lots of wind and short chop. The 145 did take a little work to keep straight but with the rudder down it tracked easily. The high rise in the deck over the cockpit was great for keeping me dry and giving me some knee room when I wanted it. Since my purchase three months ago I have paddled several large resevoirs (smooth water and wind chopped) and the kayak felt good about getting around in tight places as well as out in the open water. Last week I cruised from Sea Trek in Sausalito, across Richardson Bay, through wild Racoon Straight, around Angel Island and back for a ten mile ride. The 145 handled the wild ride with ease, though sometimes it felt a little sluggish. I surfed the rabid rip tides of Racoon Straight and crashed headlong through a combination of wind blown, fast fired ocean and and bay swells and waves and I hardly got wet. It was a screaming fun day and the Cape Outlook 145 proved its metal (roto-mold wise). Though you won't break any speed records, I highly recommend this little boat to take you anywhere you want to go and feel safe while doing so.
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07-08-2003
Submitted by: DWL
Rating: 6 of 10

     My wife and I have been paddling rented boats for about a year. After researching for a while, we decided to go with the WS cape Lookout 145, eventhough we had not tested them in the water -- big mistake. My wife practically won't leave the house without hers, but I just returned mine to rEI and got a refund. Regardless of the fact that the cockpit was one of the most compfortable around, it just wasn't made for a guy my size -- I'm 6' and many years of weight lifting has brought my weight to about 275#; a good deal of which is upperbody, so my center of gravity felt like it was about 2' above the waterline. This is not a good mix for a boat like this with lousy secondary stability. If you are over 220, keep this thing on the lakes -- it can't handle 20+ knots and swells over 2' unless the paddler is a more normal sized person.
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05-28-2003
Submitted by: R MacLeodSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     I purchased a used 2002 Cape Lookout 14.5 from a local touring/rental outfitter for $989 Cdn. A good deal. For a plastic boat is was not too bad lifting atop by Volvo wagon on my own. The boat is quite stable at least from a primary stability perspective. I did not get a chance to test the limits of its secondary stability as the water is too cold this time of year to risk dumping. I was not as pleased with the boat's tracking. Even with the rudder down, you had to pay attention to keeping the boat straight. After a few trips out, I came to realize that the wind and currents influence this boats tracking. I do most of my paddling in the bays and on the coast of Prince Edward Island where wind is a constant. This was not a terrible boat as reflected in my rating; however, the tracking was an issue for me so I traded it back to the outfitter in exchange for a Cape Horn 15 which I think is more suited to my needs. I have only had the Cape Horn out for a test drive and will report back once I have had it out for a few day trips.
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05-31-2002
Submitted by: bearfishSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     The cape 145 is the same boat as the 155, just a little shorter. It compares very closely dimesionally to the Perception Carolina but is clearly superior in quality in all aspects. At 6', 180, it is easier to get into and because of the raised front coaming; it has more leg room vertically. The new System 3 seat can be adjusted for seat back tilt, thigh/leg support/height and the seat back can be adjusted up or down. The seat is padded neoprene and is extremely comfortable. Without a doubt the best out there in this class. I found it to be quite stable and was easy to paddle. The boat tracks very well (I haven't really learned to paddle well so its not fair to pass judgement; but as a novice, I have no difficulty in keeping it fairly straight). At 57 pounds, fairly light easily loaded onto the roof racks. It has two sealed bulkheads with covers that fit very well. Also, deck lashings with recessed fittings. The 145 also comes in great colors especially the fade/mix blues and red to yellow.
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