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    Default ocean kayak caper..advice

    Anybody have any experience with the ocean kayak caper? Hurt my back last year and am looking for a lighter kayak to rooftop carry. Mostly bay and creek fishing. Thanks

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    As long as you don't paddle to far and are fairly light it makes a good quick trip kayak. I had a scrambler 11 (47lbs) and it was a good run and gun kayak. There was a lot of hull slap with that kayak, and it was a pain to paddle. The hull of the caper is more like the drifter I use to own. It won't track very well, so like I said as long as your not going distance it will be ok. Also that hull shape will spin like a top with just a few paddle strokes making it great for working docks and around bridge pilings. Also the rear tank well won't fit a regular milk crate. But you can use a plastic ammo crate from bass pro and fit 3 Plano boxes in there. Just keep in mind the max load is only 275-300.


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    Thanks!

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    Take a look at the ocean kayak prowler 13 as well. I have one and they track very well even without a rudder. and the best part, they only weight 55 lbs!
    Michael
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    Thanks Michael. That sounds like a good one to check out.

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    Look into Eddyline some of the lightes sit on top kayaks made . Maybe a bit pricey , but a nice kayaks . very well made . I have the Caribbean 14 and like it a lot . I all so have a K -12 ( not a eddyline ) which is great for the marsh not the best for the bay .
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    eddyline looked real nice but they are a little pricey.. would never get the wife to agree to that

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    The Eddyline kayaks are light because they are made using the thermoforming process instead of being rotomolded. Some of the popular fishing kayak companies such as Wilderness are starting to produce lightweight versions of their popular models such as the Tarpon with this forming technique.
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    Hurricane also sells various models of lightweight thermoformed kayaks. Their sister company, Native Watercraft, offers the only pedal drive thermoformed kayak on the market.

    Another super-light kayak that is no longer made is the Native Tegris. This is the same shape as the Ultimate, but was made of a high-strength and lightweight material like Kevlar. These show up occasionally in the used kayak market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbae View Post
    Take a look at the ocean kayak prowler 13 as well. I have one and they track very well even without a rudder. and the best part, they only weight 55 lbs!
    +1

    I bought one cheap on craigslist as a starter and I haven't felt the need to upgrade yet. Easy and light (for a sit-on-top) to transport; you can carry it on your shoulder relatively easily. Tracks well and easy to paddle. The hatch isn't the most water tight though when it's really sloppy out, or if you're punching through a good surf. But otherwise it might be a good fit.

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