I owned and fished from my Swing for over 4 years and still rate it as a quality kayak.For me I feel it was a good move trading it for a Prowler.I still believe that Perception build a better quality kayak than Ocean Kayak.It concerns me that if you weigh over 100kgs and have a center hatch fitted to the Prowler 15 it will leak and sink your kayak.No amount of sikaflex or silicone will stop this happening.This is a very bad design fault and to the best of my knowledge has not been addressed by O.K.This problem has been rectified on the Prowler 13 with a completely different hatch configuration.If you weigh under 90kgs there is no problem.
I like the speed of the Prowler and also the cockpit and rear tankwell set up.
The Prowler is a fast kayak due to its LWL and as result requires alot less effort to get off the mark and to maintain a good hull speed.
As it is a large kayak that carries beam through its length it is of course very stable.
With the Prowler being larger but not heavier than the Swing, a sacrifice has been made in hull thickness.Reduced hull thickness equates to reduced strength.
Poddy the stowage on board the Prowler is very good both above and below deck.It is a bit of an art to access the front hatch whilst on the water and made even more difficult in a swell.I have found by far the best method is to straddle the kayak and shuffle forward.With practice it becomes second nature.
The rear tankwell is great as it is located right behind the seat as opposed to the Swing where it requires a fair amount of effort to access.
I have found that you can load the Prowler up with gear with very little detriment to the kayaks performance.However I must again point out the problem of the leaking center hatch and caution people on adding too much weight.
There is maybe a little less hull slap on the Prowler as the bow is finer and carried more aft than the Swing..Hull slap I have found is as much to do with technique as it is to do with the kayak.
The Swing would suit a first time offshore kayak fisho more than the Prowler as it is smaller , easier to handle and more forgiving.
In our club we have 50%Swings and 50%Prowlers.Those who have Swings would not change and those who have Prowlers are very happy with them.Most of the guys with Swings bottom bash and those with Prowlers spend most of their time on the troll.
To conclude,these are two very distinct kayaks with totally different characteristics and therefore I would advise a test paddle before a purchase.
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