Pakboats – Puffin Saranac – Folding Kayak


Puffin Saranac. At 15.5 ft in length, the Saranac offers the versatility to carry two people on day trips or a solo paddler with a couple of weeks’ worth of camping gear. Whether with one or two paddlers, the Saranac’s dual (removable) skegs make it track as if it is on rails. Use it without a deck to go fishing or with a deck for more protection (deck(s) are optional, not included in purchase price). You can even choose between a solo deck and a double deck. It is no surprise that the Saranac’s versatility has made it the most popular Puffin ever.

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The Puffin Kayaks represent a new generation in folding boat design and draw on over 30 years of varied experience. Structurally, Puffins are a blend of aluminum frame and inflatable construction. Dual-cell inflatable tubes on each side between the skin and the frame provide skin tension and ample secure flotation in case of a capsize. An internal aluminum frame gives the hull efficient lines that could not be achieved with an inflatable structure alone. Another advantage of Puffin’s hybrid design is the weight. Similar size inflatable kayaks typically weigh 50% more.


PVC-coated polyester/aluminum frame
15 feet
29 inches
28 pounds
Cockpit Size
Not applicable
Seat Type
Number of Paddlers
Paddle Included
Weight Capacity (lbs)
400 pounds
Tracking System
Packed Dimensions
29 x 10 x 14 inches
  • Open-decked boats allow easy loading and unloading – perfect for fishing, island-hopping or warm-weather excursions (deck sold separately)
  • Rugged, abrasion-resistant PVC-coated synthetic fabric skin fits tightly over the frame, creating clean lines and smooth paddling
  • Anodized aluminum frame is strong, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant; longer sections of the frame are shock-corded like tent poles to ease assembly
  • 3 longitudinal rods- 2 gunwales and a hinged keel- attach to cross members inside the skin to create a taut, easy-to-assemble craft that anyone can put together
  • Inflatable tubes with 4 separate compartments between frame and skin increase tautness, ensure flotation, and eliminate pressure points
  • Inflatable, urethane-coated seats stand up to heavy use and adjust to provide a perfect fit
  • Removable deck effectively seals out water; simply hook over the ends of the hull and attach with a rip-and-stick seal (deck sold separately)
  • Kayak converts to a single-seat configuration by moving the thwart; single-seat deck sold separately
  • Includes pump, repair kit, and storage bag



Since 1995 Pakboats has been designing and manufacturing a wide range of folding canoes, folding kayaks, and accessories. In everything they do, they strive to provide the most functional gear possible at a fair price. Pakboats can be fit on top of a car just as easily as hard kayaks, but their lighter weight makes it easier to get them up there and their paddling performance is also similar to hard kayaks (and much better than inflatables), except that the lightweight makes a Pakboat more responsive. Canoes and kayaks that you can pack for travel are generally folding or inflatable. Both have their special advantages, and Pakboats combine the best features of both. In each Pakboat, a complete aluminum frame provides efficient lines and rigidity, while inflatable tubes provide tensioning and flotation. The combination of frame and inflatable tubes make a much more compact structure than air alone, and a Pakboat has much more interior space than a similar size inflatable canoe or kayak. The unique Pakboats structures are also much lighter and pack smaller. Similar size inflatables weigh about 50% more than a Pakboat.


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