Shown in Carbon Fusion – Granite over Champagne with Carbon Kevlar Trim, High Back Seat and optional Carbon Thwarts & Handles


Cruiser 16.8

The largest of the Cruiser performance pack boat series, the 16.8 prioritizes speed and efficiency for an unparalleled paddling experience.  With a waterline width of 28” and a center depth of 12”, the Cruiser 16.8 offers enough interior volume for longer trips with significant gear, but handles exceptionally well when unloaded as well. Interweaving C1 racing features like tucked-in gunwales at the paddling station and the sharp entry and exit lines of a K1 kayak, the Cruiser 16.8 is a true hybrid. Even with its desire for speed, the medium width offers excellent stability and provides comfort in larger water. Whether you’re an expedition tripper or a recreational enthusiast looking to maximize your potential, the Cruiser 16.8 is made for the adventurer.

Ideal For; Larger Paddlers, Multi Day Tripping, Day Tripping, Fitness Paddling, Easy Portaging

Standard Options: Carbon Kevlar Trim, Cherry Thwarts & Handles, Carbon Decks, High Back Seat with Lumbar Support, Adjustable Kayak Foot Braces

Shown in Carbon Fusion – Granite over Champagne with Carbon Kevlar Trim, High Back Seat and optional Carbon Thwarts & Handles

  • Optimum Load Range: 160 - 340 lbs
  • Industry Capacity: 475
  • Hull Shape: Asymetrical
Specifications Reviews


  • Length: 16'8"
  • Gunwale Width: 23.5"
  • Maximum Width: 29.5"
  • Waterline Width: 28"
  • Centre Depth: 12"
  • Bow Rocker: 1"
  • Stern Rocker: .5"

Laminates & Weights

Carbon Kevlar Trim
  • Kevlar Fusion30 lbs.
  • Expedition Kevlar34 lbs.
  • Carbon Fusion28 lbs.
  • Expedition Carbon32 lbs.
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All the Cruisers are great, this just gives you more to love.

September 9, 2022

Two years ago I started out with a Cruiser 14.8. I have enjoyed every minute of it. This year my wife decided that she loved it too, so I needed another boat. I can’t think of a better way to convey how good a product is than to buy another one. Swift is a great company, and I have the feeling it happens a lot. Being a larger guy, 6’3″ 260 lbs the 16.8 seemed like the logical choice. After Bill, and I discussed it we went with the 16.8 with a carbon foot bar. If you’ve never paddled a Cruiser you owe it to yourself to try one. They are fast, stable, and the most seaworthy paddle craft I have ever used. Every thing I loved about the 14.8 I loved more in the 16.8. Not because of any design difference (other than the seat is a bit higher, and that was a good thing for me), but the 16.8 dimensions just fit me better due to size. I paddle about 50/50 kayak paddle, and bent shaft canoe paddle. Either works well with this boat. The carbon foot bar is a worthwhile upgrade as it gives you options to make a long day in the boat more comfortable.

Dave Scrivener

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