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For years our valued guides have requested a “do it all - do it well” Kayak. After working very closely with JF from Skills, Dave from Blue Dog Kayaking, and several other esteemed paddlers we think we’ve nailed all those demands with our New Guide 17.

With a nicely rockered hull (2 inches), hard-rockered chine, swept bow and stern, rear day hatch, front day hatch, 3 bulkheads, smart track footrests, ultra-strength rudder and all the fixin's you will be impressed with the Guide 17 - from guiding to instruction!

Featuring the perfect blend of performance and stability, the Seaward Guide 17 boats a symetrical semi V & rockered hull. Seaward Kayaks never compromises on quality and is proud to equip the Guide 17 with its proprietary safe-hatch system, Sea-Dog day hatch, Sea-Dog bow day hatch, Paddle Park behind cockpit, safety grab loops forward and stern, painter/tow line, grab handles and Seaward's heavy duty cockpit cover!


Standard Features

Molded Padded Seat and Backrest
Rudder Stay-With-Tie-Down
Smart Rudder System
Recessed Deck Fittings
Seadog Foot Pedals
Fiberglass Outside Seams
Dual Fiberglass Hatches
Fiberglass Bulk Heads
3/32 S Rudder Cables
UHMW Keel Guard

Safety Features

Self Rescue System (SRS™)
Safe Hatch System




17' 23" 13.5" 31"L x 16"W x 13.5"D Vol: 85 ltrs
Hatch Opening
14"L x 8.5"W
Vol: 114 ltrs
Hatch Opening
16"L x 10.5"W
199 ltrs 56 LBS.


Seaward Fibreglass kayaks are customizable with 19 colors* to choose from for the deck, deck fade, hull, seam, hatches and coaming.


ice white
signal yellow burnt orange
mandarin red fuschia burgundy navy blue
cyan light blue light teal teal aqua
dark grey black  


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Testimonials about the Guide 17
"I recently paddled the Seaward Guide 17 on a 10 day expedition around Nootka Sound. The Guide 17 performed very well in every condition that was thrown at it. This trip required a boat with ample carrying capacity, is built strong, and performed well in a variety of conditions.

Carrying Capacity: on this trip, we brought camera gear, audio gear, and everything required to successfully camp on the West Coast of Canada in the fall. Every little bit of the 199 litre carrying capacity of the Guide 17 was utilized. Thanks to the oval bow and a stern hatch, gear was always easy to stow away and access. The rubber hatch covers were air tight and easy to remove, even with cold fingers, which was particularly important when accessing the massive 42 litre day hatch.

Performance: while loaded, the Guide 17 was a pleasure to paddle, moving effortlessly through the water and seamlessly transitioning between primary and secondary stability. This boat felt right at home on an edge, allowing me to hug rock walls and enjoy the intricacies of the intertidal zone knowing that I could maneuvre safely around almost any obstacle. On our last day, we were pushed from Yuquot (Friendly Cove) back to cougar creek by 20 knots of wind and a 2.5 meter swell. In a following sea the Guide 17 did not disappoint. Weather cocking was minimal and the Guide 17 responded beautifully to a slight edge and a stern rudder. The minimal weather cocking and maneuverability allowed me to enjoy the appearance of a large female Humpback whale that was feeding about 100 meters in front of us.

Build: It became obvious very quickly that the Seaward Guide 17 was built very well. The bulk heads, foot pedals, and cockpit combing were all very reliable, functional, and strong. At 59 lbs, the Shadow is a little bit on the heavier side. Upon closer inspection it became very obvious where that extra weight came from. Seaward had reinforced areas of high wear on top of the already very strong fiberglass. Knowing that I had a boat that could stand up to rocky beach landings and dumping surf gave me a great deal of comfort.

Overall I couldn’t be happier with this boat. Thanks so much to Steve and the team at Seaward kayaks for supporting the Sons of the Sea Expeditions, and meticulously crafting great boats and to JF from Skills and for providing additional design consulting. This is a fantastic kayak! " ~ Randy Vanderhaeghe


*Colours on website are approximate and may not necessarily match those on actual product.