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Lincoln Chebeague LV Review

Posted by on December 15, 2013


“The Low Volume version of Lincoln’s most popular kayak has it all. At 14’6” and hosting a tighter fitting cockpit, the Chebeague LV has all the features and benefits of long touring kayaks but in a shorter, lighter weight package.” – Lincoln Kayaks

Lincoln Chebeague LV

Lincoln Chebeague LV


The Deets:

Material: Fiberglass/Kevlar or Kevlar

Class: Light-Touring/Touring

Length: 14’6”

Width: 24’’

Deck Height: 12”

Cockpit Size: 16”x30.5”

Capacity: 95lbs to 225lbs

Weight: 37lbs Fiberglass/Kevlar, 32lbs Kevlar

Hatches/Bulkheads: Bow and Stern

Rudder/Skeg: Optional

MSRP: $2805.00 Fiberglass/Kevlar, $3240.00 Kevlar


The Review:

Lincoln has raised the bar with the addition of the Chebeague LV to their exquisite line of kayaks hand-crafted in the Great State of Maine. The original Chebeague has been the staple light-touring kayak in the Lincoln line for quite some time thanks to its light-weight construction, solid primary stability, and true-tracking nature. However, the voluminous cockpit found in the classic Chebeague has always been a bit too accommodating for smaller paddlers like me. I always felt more enveloped by than connected to the Chebeague because of this. Needless to say, I was quite excited to try the new Chebeague LV and had the chance to do so at one of the retailers’ shows this past summer!

Lincoln Chebeague LV1

It takes guts to bring a classic kayak like the Chebeague back to the drawing board. In this case, I’m glad to report that the Chebeague LV retains the same hull and incredible performance characteristics found in the original Chebeague! The extended waterline helps the Chebeague LV paddle straighter and faster than many of the other light touring kayaks of its length. The Shallow V-shaped hull aides in the tracking department and provides rock-solid primary stability. Soft chines allow for a seamless and predictable transition to secondary. However, it’s the secondary stability of the Chebeague LV and how it handles on edge that impressed me most. From sculling to lean turns to draws strokes; I could literally spend all day playing in this kayak! There’s no doubt in my mind that the Chebeague LV would make a great choice for those beginner-intermediate paddlers interested in day trips and short overnight adventures on lakes and near-coastal waterways!

Lincoln Chebeague LV5

I was also blown away by the newly designed cockpit in the Chebeague LV and its much-improved fit for smaller paddler over that of the original Chebeague! The biggest changes can be found in the cockpit which has been updated from the traditional oval design to a longer key-hole design. This new keyhole cockpit makes a big difference for a few reasons. First, the keyhole shape actually lengthens the cockpit by 2 inches which makes entering and exiting the cockpit all that much easier. I’ve had more than a few folks mention scuffing their shins on the old oval cockpits over the years but this shouldn’t be an issue any more. Second, the old underdeck knee pads have been replaced with full-on thigh braces that allow for better control while maneuvering on edge. Couple this with a slightly lower deck (now 12inches as opposed to 14.75inches) and you have the perfect cockpit fit that smaller paddlers have dreamed of!

Lincoln Chebeague LV3

Overall, I’m very impressed with the performance and fit of the Chebeague LV! In many ways, the incredible performance of the Classic Chebeague hull including the lightweight construction, solid stability profile, and true-to-form tracking has been retained in the Chebeague LV! This kayak is also a great example of how improved cockpit fit can make all the difference for the smaller paddler. Don’t be surprised if the Chebeague LV ends up with a Gear of the Year Award for “Best Kayak” in 2013!!!

Happy Paddling!

-Kayak Dave


Pros: Great tracking. Solid stability profile. Lightweight. Superior cockpit fit for the smaller paddler.

Cons: Relatively expensive when compared with other light touring kayaks in the 14’ range.

Comparable Kayaks: Current Design Vision 140, Stellar S14, Dagger Tybee S

Demo Notes: The Chebeague LV was demoed by both Kayak Dave and Alex at the 2013 EORA show. This demo took place on a quiet mountain lake with light winds and negligible waves. We will update the review should we get the chance to demo the Chebeague LV in more challenging conditions. Rating:

5 paddles

9 Responses to Lincoln Chebeague LV Review

  1. Chris Bache

    Can you compare the performance of the Chebeague LV to the Swift Siranac 14 low volume?

    • Kayak Dave

      Hi Chris!

      I’ve never had the chance to try out the Swift Saranac 14LV. We used to carry a variety of Swift models including the regular volume Saranac in thermal-formed plastic and, to be honest, I’ve always been a bit underwhelmed by their performance and overall quality. I was blow away by the Chebeague LV and it would be totally worth your time to find one to demo this Spring!

      Happy Paddling!

      -Kayak Dave

      • Chris Bache

        Thanks, Dave. Thermoform Swifts were a ways back, yes? Any experience with the Kevlar fusion designs? On the Chebeaque LV, how is the storage capacity for weekend camping? Appreciate your input.

      • Kayak Dave

        Yes, its been about 3-4 years since we’ve had any at the local shop. I have paddled some of the Kevlar fusion models as well and still under-impressed (fairly flexy, not as light as one would expect). Again this is just an opinion any may be worth exploring on your own. As for the Chebeague , there is plenty of room for a weekends worth of gear provided that you pack judiciously.

        Take Care!

        -Kayak Dave

      • Chris Bache

        Thanks again, Dave. Much appreciated.

  2. DeeDee

    What are the dims for the “smaller paddler”? I like the lv boats up to 12″ foredeck but width seems generous for a kayak that claims to be fast and fit more snugly as females in the mid-five foot 110-130 lb range require. I was also considering the kevlar Saranac, primarily b/c of the portability, which it shares with this light boat. A final question – any demos/dealers in Toronto or southern Ontario? Thanks!

    • Kayak Dave

      Hi DeeDee!

      I consider myself to be a smaller paddler (barely 5’6″ tall and 120lbs). I found that the thigh brace placement in the Lincoln Chebeague LV was spot on and really made me feel connected in the cockpit. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a kevlar Saranac. I remember not being very fond of the fit and feel but that’s not to say that they’ve changed things (outfitting) around since then. Please see the following link for a list of Lincoln dealers:

      Happy Paddling!

      -Kayak Dave

  3. Chris Heppner

    Dave, many thanks for these great reviews–though I would welcome notes on how these boats handle in rougher conditions too! This sounds like my boat, though on price I may settle for the CD Vision 140–but a 32lb boat does tempt!

    • Alex Russo

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the question! I have not personally had the opportunity to take the Chebeague LV into rougher conditions so I can only comment based on my initial impressions and experiences with the craft. Personally, I feel that both the Chebeague LV and the CD Vision 140 would both manage well in rough coastal conditions but keep in mind, they are NOT sea kayaks. While they may respond well in high winds and rough waters, a sea/touring kayak over 16 feet is best designed for those types of conditions day-to-day.

      The Chebeague/Vision 140 are best for a variety of conditions such as inland lakes and pond, overnight, and day coastal paddles- but I would not suggest this length or class of kayak for extended, long-distance paddles in ocean conditions.

      With that being said, I would suggest that you demo both models without the mindset of price or weight. Test paddle each kayak with performance, comfort, and confidence in mind and start from there. I think you will enjoy both, it is just a matter of the one you feel “fits” you best.

      Thanks for reading,

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