The Passat G3 is based on the original Passat hull, acclaimed by adventure racers (Dual first place in the Yukon River Quest). A slight increase in overall depth, an increased spread of cockpit locations and custom curved bulkheads creates a true 3-hatch (3 Cockpits with optional seat) racing and expedition tandem.
The Passat G3 has greater stability than most singles. It tracks well, with or without the rudder, edges easily and effortlessly tours at 5 knots. It is safe, strong and seaworthy even in challenging waters. It has become Seaward's best selling composite kayak.
This kayak’s "Greenland" style bow, sleek graceful lines, solid feel and expedition capacity make a combination of speed, comfort and storage that is unrivalled in a touring double/triple.
Molded Padded Seat
Lockout Foot Pedals
Anodized Aluminum Rudder
Rudder Stay-with Tie Down
Padded Thigh Braces
Recessed Deck Fittings
Fiberglass Outside Seams
Three Fiberglass Hatches
Fiberglass Bulk Heads
3/32 S Rudder Cables
UHMW Keel Guard
Smart Rudder System
Safe Hatch System
Quick Release Rescue Straps
Child seat for center hatch
||32.25"L x 16"W x 13.5"D
||22.25"L x 13.5"W x 12.5"D
Seaward Fibreglass kayaks are customizable with 19 colors* to choose from for the deck, deck fade, hull, seam, hatches and coaming.
Reviews of the Passat G3
"Seaward’s Passat G3 reviewed in Adventure Kayak - Summer 2004"
in Adventure Kayak
(2008-11-13) » View as Text
In the name of Seaward’s newest tandem, the Passat G3, you can hear echoes of two other brands, Volkswagen and Apple – two hip, sophisticated companies that like each other so much they have recently paired up on the `Pods Unite’ promo campaign. One puts flower holders in their Beetles; the other designed an operating system that, in the words of Steve Jobs, “looks so yummy you just want to lick it.” The Passat G3 is a slick kayak from Seaward made with a similar attention to doodads and detail.
The original, two hatched Seaward Passat is a narrow, fast tandem kayak popular with the Adventure racing crowd. The new G3 has the same sleek design, just puffed up and tricked out with a bit more volume and a centre/hatch cockpit providing room for dogs, children, or easily accessible waterproof storage for long trips. All this and it’s only five pounds heavier than a regular Passat and still slim enough to race.
The G3 comes with standard Seaward features like nylon cockpit covers, hand layup, fiber glass seams and bulkheads, Kevlar reinforced bow and stern and a plastic stern skid plate. It’s also available with a cornucopia of upgrades from dual steering to yummy colour fades and Kevlar layup for about a thousand bucks extra.
At only 26 inches wide, the G3 is as narrow as many singles with performance to match. Playing in waves and currents, we had a great time carving sharp eddy turns with an extreme tilt, using the double’s speed to blast through power moves that we could never make in our singles, and feeling generally invincible with the size, stability and inertia of a double. The G3 is truly a lot of fun.
The Passat G3 is the Euro-station wagon version of the kayak world – the performance car that you buy when you have a family. It lets you have the sporty speed and trip with it too. Beetles and I pods sold separately for now.
1.Pedal to the metal
Seaward’s own smartRUDDER system of pivoting pedals is a secure alternative to sliding foot pedals. The pedals are built of hard anodized hardened marine aluminum covered with non-skid tape. Pivoting the ball of the foot forward cranks the rudder while keeping the foot arch, heels and knees solidly braced. Sensitive West coast company Seaward anticipated the `divorce boat’ potential of tandems and offers an optional dual steering system that allows control from either cockpit. ($224 Cdn).
2. The Next Generation
We can think of no better way to introduce the next generation to the wonders of kayaking than to sit them in the G3’s optional fiber glass ventre seat ($144 cdn). At first they ‘ll love it, and by the time they outgrow it they’ll be big enough to get a kayak of their own. Ma and Pa can jettison the seat and have 180 litres of dry storage in that empty nest for a long expedition. The extra large opening is perfect for packing awkward items, and seals like any ordinary storage hatch complete with a neoprene inner and fiber glass cover. With the centre hatch the Passat G3 has 348 litres of dry storage in total – 115 litres more than the standard Passat – and less cockpit area to flood if you flip.
3. Practical Posterior.
Both front and stern cockpits are large enough to fit folks up to six foot two, possibly bigger. Seawards seat are unique – removable fabric covered foam cushions that sit right on the bottom of the boat. The cushions are designed to be unclipped from the boat for use as an instant paddle float (or camp chair). Clever! This system trades the rigid support of a plastic bucket seat for a soft and roomy feel, fitting all sizes of derrieres and making it extra easy to add more foam for a complete custom fit.
"Sea Kayaker Readers Choice Awards 2009"
in Sea Kayaker Magazine
(2009-02-05) » View as Text
Best Double Kayak
Passat by Seaward Kayaks
We reviewed the Passat in 1999, and it was a hit with the reviewers: “The Passat is a rewarding boat to paddle. It had none of the bulky feel of many other doubles. It is a very comfortable boat to paddle in rough water and is a well thought-out and sensibly equipped double.” “This kayak will kick the pants off of other doubles.”
The 22’ Passat is long and lean. Its 26” beam is narrow in comparison to other doubles, where a beam of 28” to 30” is typical. The narrower beam gives the Passat a bit less stability than wider doubles, but it still has a feeling of stability greater than that of most singles. The narrow beam creates good clearance for paddling—especially for the stern paddler who sits just at the widest part of the kayak—and feels very much like paddling a single. The distance between the cockpits keeps paddles from clashing. On the Passat G3 the cockpits are even farther apart, making room for a bulkheaded cargo or kid compartment in the middle of the kayak. The Passat will make good headway in sloppy water and a pair of strong paddlers can get the Passat moving at 6.5 knots. Loping along at a more relaxed pace, it is easy to sustain 5 knots. The Passat is a capable kayak that will, as one of our reviewers put it, “tempt a pair of motivated paddlers to perfect tandem rolls, braces and other advanced kayaking skills.”
Testimonials about the Passat G3
" I spent a great deal of time researching the Internet for a K-2 Greenland style Kayak. I was looking for the K-2 to introduce my wife to the sport ..... a trip in the Passat along the east coast of the United States and she was hooked!"
Tom Horley, PA USA
" ~ Tom Horley, PA USA
"This is one absolutely beautifully handcrafted tandem kayak!!! For the last four years we have been learning the skills of kayaking with a tandem Wilderness Systems kayak, which was great for beginners learning how to kayak. Then we wanted to upgrade to a fiberglass with more storage and hatch space. We discovered the Passat G3 and realized this was our dream kayak!! It even has a center cockpit space for our dog to join us! This kayak has so many safety features and it is so stable and smooth out on the ocean.
We are so happy with this kayak!" ~ Shamaya Barton
"We have looked at every boat on the market, and we are going to use this boat on our exped: http://in-ook-shook.webs.com/index.htmn" ~ Darran clegg
"We were shuttled by an amazing young man named Heron who is a Seaward Outfitter. During our trip we heard of an amazing rescue that he had performed last year of a couple who had been caught in storm-forced winds on a 7 mile crossing of Juan Perez Channel in their Passat G3. We asked and Heron told us the series of events. He ended by saying that after so many hours in the water, unable to pump out their capsized kayak, it was amazing that the hatches were still dry. His conclusion was that Seaward water-tight hatches were a significant contributing factor to the young couple's survival.
" ~ Cam McCormick
"Completely brilliant! Dave and I were out in the new boat toady... they are awesome, really really great, MASTER PIECES WORKS OF ART! Very impressive, it handled like a dream,thank you very much...
It was funny when we drove through London, we had hundreds of onlookers, fingers pointing, crowds stopping, and when we drove by Buckingham Palace we saw the Queen's curtain twitching!" ~ Charlie Hunter
"I just wanted to post you a note to say thanks for a beautiful job on my new Passat G-3 sea kayak.Last night I returned home from Vancouver Island, brought it into my garage and truly admired the craftmanship. Pass along my appreciation to your crew.
We'll be taking her on a winter trip tothe Gulf Islands and I'll email some photos." ~ Ken and Laurel Kramer
"Seaward Passat G3
We used the Passat G3 on the 2011 Yukon 1000 kayak race. This is a 1000 mile kayak race from Whitehorse to the Dalton Bridge in Alaska. Adam and I lived in the boat for 6 and a bit days (paddling 18 hours a day and resting for 6) and the thing was amazing. The Passat G3 is responsive, fast (we won the race in 6 days 8 hours and 50 minutes), comfortable and is bomb proof.
The race has everything from 50 kilometre lakes to fast moving technical water ( in the Yukon Flats) and the boat handled it with ease. I can't recommend this boat strongly enough to anyone keen on a high performance tandem sea kayak......
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"The Passat G3's we hired were amazing, as beginners it was a bit daunting paddling the Broken Islands, but the G3 was amazingly stable and kept us safe.
" ~ Steve Connor
"Lost Creek Adventures decided to try out Seaward in its lineup this year, specifically the Cosma and Chinook thermoform single sea kayaks for rentals, and the Passage for our day tripping tandem. We also got the fiberglass G3 tandem sea kayaks for our longer overnight camping trips. We decided to try Seaward this year due to the obvious care and quality they put in to their boat designs and manufacturing. Unfortunately many manufacturers have started building over in China, and the quality shows.
The Cosma is designed for smaller paddlers and women. The shallow V hull can feel a bit tippy at first, but once it's loaded and out in the waves it felt very comfortable and actually smoother than a flatter bottomed boat in the same conditions.
The Chinook is a great boat for larger paddlers and has an overall stable feel.
Both of these singles are made of thermoform plastic, which looks like fiberglass without the weight. This proved to be a nice surprise on our day trips, as we have to carry tandem boats down a stairs to the beach. The Passage worked great for ease of carrying, was very stable, and fit everyone.
The G3 tandem was large enough to fit all camping gear including coolers and a double burner stove in the middle hatch. Worked great for us. I recommend getting the keel strip put on like we did. It really helps for wear on rough beaches as well as while transporting on trailers due to the stiffness it adds to the hull bottom.
Thanks Seaward for great boats and customer service!
" ~ Lost Creek Adventures
Several months ago I purchased a new Passat G3 from Kayak Connection in Santa Cruz, California and you immediately helped me out with a very minor issue of delaminating seat backs. I wanted to let you know that the new ones you sent me worked out perfectly.
However, the reason I am writing this note to you is to let you know that, as an advanced sea kayaker and president of Western Sea Kayakers, I never imagined that I would enjoy a double kayak as much as the Passat G3. My reason for purchasing a double kayak is that, unlike me, my wife is not all that comfortable in water, at least for the present, and I wanted her to be able to enjoy our gorgeous aquatic environment with minimal fear. This kayak is perfect - incredibly fast with superb tracking, great stability both primary and secondary and amazing maneuverability for a 22 foot boat. In fact, even on the open ocean or bays we rarely use the rudder as lean turns are so easy. With this double, my wife has already progressed to the unimaginable point that she wants me to teach her how to roll, albeit in our swimming pool! Although expensive, this is one of those rare purchases over which I have no regrets.
Thanks so much again for helping me out with the seat backs.
" ~ Mike Edwards
*Colours on website are approximate and may not necessarily match those on actual product.