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Ocean Kayak Prowler Torque

Postby Nativeman » Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:39 pm

Ocean Kayak Prowler Torque

Made in the USA by Ocean Kayak, Distributed in Australia by BLA

Kayak Length : 4.2 M
Kayak Width : 74 cm
Kayak Weight : 32 KG
Kayak with Motor attached : 39kg
Kayak Capacity : 215kg
Material : Polyethylene construction

Colours Available : Yellow or Sand

Recommended Retail Price : $2995

Std Inclusions : Drop in Minn Kota maximiser motor with 33lbs of thrust(Saltwater compatible), Variable speed dial for forward and reverse, A detachable skeg to replace motor if not required, Comfort seat, Transducer Scupper, Large front hatch and rear cargo well, Paddle holder, Central hatch (to store battery), Safety Lanyard-kill switch for motor.

Note: Battery and charger are not included, this is up to the end user to decide what capacity and type.
The maximum dimensional size you can fit in the central hatch is 300mm long x 180mm wide by 240mm high. So around a 80 - 90 amp hour deep cycle battery will fit depending on which brand battery you choose.

Optional Extras : Paddle, Fishfinder Kit, Deluxe Seat, Safety Flag, Navigation Light, Rod Holders, C-Tug Trolley, Knee Straps.

Set up time : About 10 minutes at the most, unload kayak from racks(alot easier coming down) Battery needs to be put in centre hatch and wiring connected, seat attached, paddle attached. move it to waters edge with about 1 foot depth and insert motor skeg connect plug and you are ready to go.

Pro's: Extremely Stable, Variable speed under power from motor, Can hover in one spot if wind or current is present, Able to fish hands free, Has reverse when under power of motor, Tracks well, Dry ride(Dam, estuary, River), Massive rudder steers it precisely, Paddles well even with motor in place. Unfortunately I did not have time to use it with the Skeg only. The front hatch has a new better seal which seems to be waterproof. Transducer Scupper - with the addition of the optional Transducer scupper boot designed to fit the Humminbird range of sounders fitting a transducer to this kayak is a breeze. Has a safety lanyard which is attached to a kill switch and the user in the event you fall out the lanyard comes away from the kill switch and stops the motor. Flat foot well, gone is the molded foot lugs, the floor of the console area is almost flat, so if you have the balance standing would be easier.

Con's: Has a very wide turning circle when under power with motor, the buttons used to clip the paddle keeper on is too short - something that should take seconds, needs a bit of concentration to get the paddle keeper over the paddle and clamped on the button. Although I loaded it OK with the aid of my loader bars on my roof racks, some people might have trouble if by themselves when loading, definitely alot easier to load with a two person lift.

Ability to customise: Ample deck space forward of the central hatch, Cannon or Scotty rod holders could be mounted either side in the forward console area, ample area to mount flush rod holders immediately diagonal to the rear of the Seat area.

Overview : I was presently surprised at just how well this kayak performed. As I am a large guy I thought there maybe some inward flow of water up through the scuppers but this did not happen, sure some water came in under power but nothing to be worried about. At times I felt like a passenger, didn't seem like I was on a kayak as it was so stable and powered along at ease, but after a short while I was used to it. I did take the paddle from the side and take it for a paddle and it moved along easily with plenty of glide. The electric motor did run in very shallow water close to the bank but I found the rudder hit bottom before the motor did so this will give you an indication to know when to stop so as no damage will be caused to the motor skeg. I think the kayak would mainly be suited for wide open paddle areas, I don't think it would be suitable for a narrow creek or river because of its wide turning circle but places like an estuary system, Bays, Lakes, large Rivers and even offshore it would be a great kayak to use. Some of you might be say well its not a true kayak with a motor in it, but the motor can aid you in the range you maybe able to travel in your fishing session, by using both paddle and motor power. Although heavy I still found I could load it with easy with the aid of my loader bars on my very high Pajero 4wd.

Rating : 9/ 10

Would I have one if my Wife would allow me...yes ;-)


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Re: Ocean Kayak Torque

Postby WayneD » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:18 pm

I love it Sel

This kayak really interests me. How far through the bottom of the hull does the propellor protrude? So what would be the shallowest water you could get in to?
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Re: Ocean Kayak Torque

Postby Scott » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:49 pm

Sel that is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Look out my tinny/minn kota combo you have just become obsolete. How much, how long does the battery last and please answer WayneD's question because i have to know. While it may not improve your fitness, hands free just got both hands and feet freer (is that a word if not I just invented it)

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Re: Ocean Kayak Torque

Postby Nativeman » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:24 am

WayneD wrote:I love it Sel

This kayak really interests me. How far through the bottom of the hull does the propellor protrude? So what would be the shallowest water you could get in to?



Although I didn't think to measure that, I reckon it would be 30cm at the most, however when I motored to shore to get a guy to take the vision of me in the yak the massive rudder that helps steer the kayak hit bottom before the motor did.

I totally love this thing, it paddles well with the motor in also. I was going to try it with the skeg that you put in when not using the motor but folks from QAFCA(running a kids fishing clinic) had moved into the shore line where I had launched and did not want to disturb them again. Maybe next time I will try it with the skeg in. I reckon it would need it too as there is hardly a keel line on the bottom of the kayak.

I will put those pics up later, I have snuck on here now to see if there are any questions, SWMBO has me on a PC ban today :lol:

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Re: Ocean Kayak Torque

Postby Nativeman » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:28 am

Scott wrote:Sel that is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Look out my tinny/minn kota combo you have just become obsolete. How much, how long does the battery last and please answer WayneD's question because i have to know. While it may not improve your fitness, hands free just got both hands and feet freer (is that a word if not I just invented it)

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Scott retail is around the $3500 mark, the word is OK have brought 100 pieces into the country on the first shipment and they're all pre sold to the kayak dealers in AU. So if you are interested ring a dealer quick.

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Re: Ocean Kayak Prowler Torque

Postby Nativeman » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:20 pm

Folks

Now has full review and Pics and vid.

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Re: Ocean Kayak Prowler Torque

Postby harrip94 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:44 pm

good review. that rudder is huge :shock: . not a bad looking yak at all
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Re: Ocean Kayak Prowler Torque

Postby Dallas » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:04 pm

Nice review and good job on the pics Sel 8)
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