Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Review
By Michael Holding
The Ocean Kayak Prowler is a popular model among anglers. Its ability to handle flat and sheltered water with ease has made it a favorite as stability is everything when it comes to angling. Being a 13-foot kayak the stability is to be expected, so let’s take a look at what makes this such a popular kayak.
The Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 is a sit on top kayak style kayak built with single rider use in mind. The build quality of this kayak is right up there with the best. It is very rugged and should be able to withstand the rigors of common underwater obstacles such as stones and rocks. The rugged nature also gives it longevity and makes it a worthwhile investment if you want to use your kayak for a long while before going for an upgrade.
Stability and Performance
When it comes to angling, stability is of the utmost priority. An unstable kayak will only make the job order and is definitely not something an angler would want. The Ocean Prowler 13 was built with anglers in mind and does a pretty good job of providing adequate stability for angling. The Prowler is 28” wide so it’s not the widest kayak on the market but still proves to be quite stable in water.
The sit on top nature of this kayak also provides the rider greater mobility which can be useful when angling. Even though the Prowler 13 is designed for a single user, you shouldn’t have any trouble bringing your kid along for the ride. This stability is also important considering that you’re going to have a lot of gear on you while on the kayak, which you wouldn’t want getting wet in the event of a tip-over.
The Ocean Prowler 13 is marketed as an angler kayak but that’s not the whole story. The Prowler is actually quite a versatile kayak able to handle different water conditions. Thanks to its 28” width, it is able to handle both calm and choppy waters with good performance. The kayak tracks well while in water and once you’ve settled on a place to fish, it shouldn’t have much trouble with staying in place. The kayak also features plenty of storage in the front hull, accommodating most fishing poles with ease. The storage is also air-sealed so you don’t have to worry about it getting wet.
The Prowler 13 doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to meeting the needs of an angling enthusiast. There’s a large hatch in the front which can be accessed easily and can store a lot of supplies. There are also two rod attachments in easy-to-reach locations and even two drink holders, all for the purpose of making your experience in water enjoyable. The kayak also comes with bungees that are able to stretch to a good amount in order to accommodate any large gear you might have.
If we have to nitpick, then we have to mention the weight of this kayak. Even though it uses a lightweight construction material, it’s actually not that light. At 56 pounds it can prove to be a challenge for some people to carry around. Also, the seat on the kayak doesn’t offer much in the way of back support which we think can be a problem in extended angling sessions. But despite these issues, we still think that the Prowler’s popularity is well earned. This is a very versatile kayak which can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a love for water.
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