Sun Dolphin Excursion 12-Foot Sit-in Fishing Kayak Review

Sun dolphin excursion

Dimensions and Stats

The key stats for the Lifetime Tamarack Sit-on-Top Kayak are listed below:

Length: 12 ft

Width: 2.5 ft/ 29.5 inches

Weight: 47 lbs

Capacity: 395 lbs

The Sun Dolphin Excursion 12’ Sit-in Fishing Kayak is a deviation from what most kayak anglers recommend for a fishing kayak because this is a sit-in kayak whereas most other fishing kayaks are sit-on kayaks. But this doesn’t make this kayak less desirable. In fact, we love it that it’s a sit-in kayak! This kayak is great for calm lakes, and even the faster moving rivers due to its design.

With the enclosed cockpit of this kayak, you will be able to attach a deck cover to keep your lower body relatively dry under choppy waters. The thigh braces and adjustable foot braces within the cockpit allows for more control of the kayak in terms of its tilt, this allows you to quickly recover your balance should you catch a big fish and lose your balance momentarily. For the most skilled, you’ll be able to recover yourself from a capsize by performing the eskimo row

There are bungie cords attached to the bow and stern of the kayak and this allows you to strap on larger items onto the deck of the kayak. On top of that, there are additional storage compartments at the bow and stern that allows you to keep items that you want to keep relatively dry. The rear storage compartment can be opened up to store larger items within the kayak.

Extra storage space in compartment
Extra storage space in compartment


This kayak comes with two flush mounts and one swivel fishing rod holders.

What we like about the Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-in Kayak

  • Allows more control of the kayak due to its close-deck
  • Ease of maneuvering
  • Feet and bottom of the kayaker can remain relatively dry
  • Large storage areas
  • Light weight

What we don’t like about the Sun Dolphin Excursion Sit-in Kayak

  • Difficult to access the storage compartments after strapping larger items on the deck
  • Requires slightly more skill to use this kayak.

This kayak is suitable for kayakers who are more familiar with getting in and out of close decked kayaks and those who prefer more control of their kayaks.

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