As a child, Lisa’s father (who just passed away at 94) taught her how to Samba. She would stand on his feet as they moved to the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil. We thought of this as we searched for a name for our newest kayak. You will feel like you are dancing when you slip into the snug keyhole cockpit and feel the effortless acceleration from your paddle strokes. Have a little maneuvering to do? Just edge this sweetie on its side and with a stroke of the paddle you will feel her carve like a fine German knife. Need to get across that big channel? Drop the skeg down and feel the rails set in for great straight tracking. Quartering seas or cross winds a bother? Just fine-tune the skeg position to neutralize the problem and keep on with your normal stroke.
Samba is a fully outfitted sea-worthy kayak with perimeter lines, bulkheads and hatches, retractable carry handles, deck bungies and adjustable seat and backband. The backband and our optional backrest are fully interchangeable. She also sports a drop down skeg for a wider range of hull performance. This boat is just plain fun!
Above – Our Rep, Ethan Ebersold dancing in the Samba!
Comments from Sea Kayaker Magazine Review: “A stable but lively boat for small to medium paddlers, the Samba is a fun kayak that maneuvers well and can provide safe passage in wind, keep up in group paddles, and provide an easy car top due to its light weight.”
“The Samba surprised me for a small boat that I could get into and enjoy. While I was aboard I didn’t give much thought to its size. In many ways it felt like a full-sized kayak. In wind and waves it was indeed playful”
“The Samba looks like and is a full featured kayak, with a nice layout and without clutter. It balances nicely on the shoulder, is light in weight and very easy to swing about.”
“The backrest’s substantial, hinged attachment to the seat gives it a three dimensional movement, so comfortable I hardly noticed it.”
“Surprisingly quick. It has an easy cruising pace of four knots! And this in a kayak under 14 feet long! Now smaller paddlers can paddle a kayak that fits and can keep up with the longer boats.”
Caitlin Pulliam, Aloha, Oregon
This is my first-ever kayak. My daddy bought it for me with his Fathom. we rented and tested a lot of kayaks and then I demod a Samba and fell in love with it. Daddy thinks he loves his Fathom more than I love my Samba, but thats just not posible. We are going to kayak camp the san juan islands next summer and I CANT WAIT!!! I love the rough water in the columbia so i know the san juans will be fun. my Samba is sooooooo good in the rough water that its like its part of my body like my arms or legs. Daddy and I are going to kayak together forever in these beautiful kayaks. thank you for making such good kayaks for us. WE LOVE YOU!!!
Carol Cooper,Saint Augustine,Florida
I love love this kayak I am comfortable paddling it anywhere.
Thank you for creating the perfect kayak!
Gay Lykes, Spokane, Washington
She picked me out! I walked into Kent’s and there she was, all resplendant in that glistening burnt orange, absolutely beautiful! Against my better judgment I tried her on and a perfect fit. (You have to understand I am coming from a rec boat intermediate beginner paddler, so this was a major step for me.) I asked Kent if he thought this was too much boat for me and he said, ”Gay, you can paddle this just fine.” So, I did paddle her and within the first two strokes Knew that it was going to be the start of many years together. I found myself trying things I didn’t think I could do, like leaning curves. Not good at it– yet. So happy with this purchase, only one paddle as of now, but can hardly wait for my next time out. Thank you for creating the perfect one for me!
Melda D Montgomery, Yamhill, OR
We were looking for a shorter kayak that was sleek like the longer touring models. We rented it for a day and went to the lake to paddle. It was windy with 10 – 12 inch wind waves. What a fun day to try out the Samba, we had a great time. I really appreciate this kayak!
Charlie Montgomery Yamhill, OR
Very nice boat. Great compromise between day trippers and touring. It is beautiful. I Like the narrow beam and the square chine, the swede form and the weight.
I’m 6’1”, 220 lb and I fit comfortably (if snugly) in the cockpit.
Looking forward to a fun Summer in many paddling venues.
P.S. Please keep your production in the U.S. as you grow. (YOU BET WE WILL!)
Greetings Tom and Lisa Derrer: I had the privilege and pleasure to test paddle of a new Eddyline Samba two days ago. Because kayak fit and preferences are so heavily influenced by personal fit and attributes, here is some info about me:
- Paddling four seasons – a lot of seat time, more than most of that duration.
- Prefer to paddle large lakes – including Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie – about 80% of my paddling is done on lakes, the balance on Class I/II rivers.
- I paddle 10 months of the year.Archetypal female small paddler: 5’3″, 120 lbs before gear, short torso (16″)inseam 32″ watershoe size 6 glove size XS
- Regular attendee of ACA/BCU sponsored classes, and 2 or 3 symposia per season.
- Member of two clubs – Great Lakes Paddlers in SE Michigan, and West Michigan Coastal Kayakers.
- This season I began assisting an ACA instructor at some on the water skill sessions.
Thanks to my many friends, instructors, coaches, co-conspirators and role models in the paddling community I have demo’d somewhere around 75 kayaks, so far, most of them seakayaks. Thanks to you both for 40 years of unswerving American innovation and craftsmanship… happy anniversary to all at Eddyline!
Deborah de Lorenzo
This was not a complete test paddle – no wet stuff.
The kayak is a good “tweener” in length of 13’10″. Good to see more entries in the 13-15 foot category. A good all rounder, especially for a first kayak. A paddler could Samba on Class I and II rivers, inland lakes, our own Great Lakes here in Michigan, and protected ocean waters.
Eddyline kayaks are known for their beautiful workmanship, finish and details. Evident here. Everything from toggles to hatch necks to the handsome shear line bespeaks craftsmanship. Having said that, my own personal taste finds the raised stiffening used liberally all over the deck to be busy and distracting from the overall appearance. My bias is for a streamlined deck w. as little protuberance as possible. The old Nighthawk 16 and the Falcon 18 are of that type.
The new color – a deep red/orange – will be highly visible, and it just plain looks good.
Primary stability is high. The listed width of 22.5″ gets a stability boost from the flattened “football” like edges at the seam, which makes the kayak seem wider. A pronounced hard chine makes sculling and holding a second and third degree edge comfortable.
Tracking is very good. In fact, maybe too good. If there was one thing that did not speak to me, it’s the Samba’s reluctance to turn on sweeps and bow rudders, even with moderate edging. I am used to narrower sea kayaks with cockpit neutral positioning which spin 360 degrees in 3- 3.5 sweeps depending on degree of edge, and which make bow and cross bow rudders effortless, even elegant. Going into a modest wind (10-12 mph max) the kayak entered cleanly, and displayed only slight weathercocking which is expected and desirable in a kayak.
Paddling the Samba gives a good return on at a modest sustained pace. Due to its width, I would not expect it to be fast, (and I am always cognizant that I provide the motor) but it does stay on the move due in part to its light weight. Acceleration is quite good. No beam waves present so the skeg did not get a real test. It does deploy as smooth as silk, and the slider is well recessed. Kudos for putting it on the right side of the cockpit (I’m a righty).
The foredeck is a very manageable height going into the wind. Would like to take the Samba through waves to see how the ride is affected by the rather protuberant front hatch. Don’t mind a wet ride, just would like to see how the deck is affected. Speaking of hatches, both fore and aft hatch covers were easily taken on and off (on this brand new demo). Would like to see a more robust tether, and ones which would allow the paddler to completely unclip the covers for travel.
I appreciate that Eddyline shunned the dangling British style toggles for the quieter, more compact toggles which stay positioned on the deck. These type are easy to reach during rescues, travel better and contribute to a silent glide. The skeg box is very nicely encased, w. minimal room taken up in the aft bulkhead and no intrusive protuberance in the cockpit.
The cockpit itself is a haven of comfort, peformance and efficient layout. The seat pan adjusted quickly and easily. The seat is padded enough for comfort while still retaining what I call a “sport suspension.” The backband is nicely unobtrusive. To gild that lily, I suggest pinning it to the aft bulkhead w. a couple of shock cords. This will keep the seat from flopping forward on rescues, and also provide an attachment point for a hydration pack, ditch kit, repair kit, etc.
Continuing comments on that nice cockpit:
-SeaDog footpegs – a personal favorite & mark of quality.
Thigh braces are robust, well padded and some of the nicest I’ve ever used. They are large, like an NDK Romany LV, but better in finish. Wish I could take these w. me to every boat. One note – for a paddler of shorter stature and/or a short torso (that would be me) the coaming sits rather high off the deck. The back deck itself is low enough for laybacks, but the coaming hit in a rather uncomfortable place. My flexibility is very good. I felt the coaming put a limit on it.
All in all, the Samba is a well conceived & developed boat which will be very appealing as an excellent all rounder for all but the most dedicated expeditioners who pack for 7+ days. This kayak will make friends easily from beginners to intermediates for a great day tour or a long weekend. One last thank you for not using a decal with dancing feet – the musical note is all the Samba needs. She will be making her sweet music with many partners, and her dance card should be full.
Deborah de LorenzoSuperior Twp, Michigan
October 7, 2010 – Test paddle on: Kent Lake, Brighton Michigan
Eddyline Fan, Robin Rosengrant Seattle, WA This is our 4th Eddyline kayak since 1995. Have shopped other brands but none compare. Proud to display decal “made in Burlington…” Thank you for making quality products/helping us enjoy our time on earth.
Barbara Dina I have had a Merlin LT for about 15 years. It’s still going strong! I explored other brands this time, and came back to you guys. You ROCK!! By the way, that’s me and my little dog on your website in the blue Merlin paddling in St. Joseph Sound off Dunedin, Florida. I LOVE the adjustable seat features on the Samba. The extra stability is different, but I’ll adjust. Thanks for making such a unique and high-quality boat.