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Ocean Kayak "Torque"

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Ocean Kayak Torque

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Ocean Kayak
Model:
Torque
MSRP ($):
2,099.99
Length (ft):
13.5

The “Torque” is the only Ocean Kayak to feature a Minn Kota trolling motor. With variable speed controls and reverse the Torque is a fish slaying master. Based on Ocean Kayaks Trident 13 hull the Torque is as much at home on freshwater lakes and saltwater bays. The ability to remove the motor and drop in the skeg gives the kayak fisherman a ton of versatility.

Features:
  • Minn Kota® saltwater trolling motor
  • Comfort Plus™ seat back
  • Removable skeg plug/li>
  • Battery box
  • Transducer compatible scupper
  • Paddle keepers

Specs:

  • Width: 29" 73.7 cm
  • Weight: 75 lbs 34 kg
  • Capacity: 425-475 lbs

Photos

bluefish caught on my Torque
The days catch on my Ocean Kayak Torque

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4.7
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4.5  (2)
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4.5  (2)
Features 
 
5.0  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Speed 
 
5.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Fun trolling kayak.

We have fun being able to both fish. My husband has the Torque kayak and I follow behind in my advanced element inflatable being towed and we fish together. The battery holds up well and we recharge it with a solar charger or switch out batteries with the trailer marine batteries as needed.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Love the trolling motor -hands free fishing. We like to fish with my inflatable kayak tied behind so two can fish hands free. Works perfect.. Handles well in rougher water. Did get a bit wet but it was summer. I am petite so I have plenty of kayak ar
Cons:
Heavy. We have a set of wheels when needed
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(Updated: May 20, 2013)
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4.0

The ultimate fishing machine!

The Ocean Kayak Torque is crafted around the Prowler Trident Angler Kayaks Platform. I understand this has to do with its hull design. I use mine only for kayak fishing.

This kayak has a very roomy hatch. It is equipped with the Cross Lock hatch (10.5" x 17.25"), which is featured on the Prowler Trident 15 models and Malibu Two XL Angler, and optional on the Scrambler 11 (bow) and standard model Malibu Two XL (center). The Cross Lock buckle makes getting into the hatch very easy; and provides a very waterproof seal.

The floor of the console is almost flat. This allows for excellent balance while standing. The central hatch houses the battery. On your paddle only days, this hatch could be used for additional storage; Beer? No problem! The front scuppers are transducer ready. In this area you also find the kill switch, which prevents you from being left behind after you get drunk and fall off the damn thing. A safety lanyard is attached to the kill switch and the user. The seat is very comfortable and provides me with excellent back support. Eventually I’ll upgrade to the next seat up in the Ocean Kayak line.

The rear cargo well is also very roomy. It houses my tackle box, my battery operated 4 gallon live well, and there is still room for a small cooler or whatever. Here you also find the aperture for the drop in Minn kota motor, or the skeg plug for your paddle only days. The motor has variable speed control and provides up to 33 pounds of thrust that is controlled through a drive speed control knob in the cockpit.

In the back is an extra large rudder. This rudder steers this vessel with precision. When the motor is in use, you can do a 360 degree turn with no problem. This rudder is truly a blessing. When trolling the flats, it will hit the floor first before the motor does. This will give you time to make the necessary adjustments in order to prevent damage to the propeller.

I’ve found this kayak to be extremely stable. It can hover in one spot regardless of wind and/or current conditions. It allows for a hands free fishing experience. It paddles very well with the motor in place, although I have noticed that tracking is somewhat improved when paddling with just the skeg plug in place. Either way you’ll find this watercraft to be very maneuverable even when used in less than favorable weather conditions.

It takes me approximately 15 minutes to set everything up after unloading. This is due to the fact that this kayak gets very heavy when fully rigged, around 80 to 90 pounds; and this could be a problem when trying to load the kayak on your vehicle. Therefore, I load mine up with nothing in it. I have read some negative remarks about the weight, but there are so many options to carry a kayak nowadays, that weight should not be a concern.

On the other hand, the Torque has a very wide turning circle when under the power of the motor. The buttons used to clip the paddle keepers are too short requiring a bit of concentration to get the paddle keeper over the paddle, and clamped on the button. This could very well be a problem after a few adult beverages.

This kayak has ample deck space forward of the central hatch. Rod holders could be mounted either side in the forward console area, as well as, in the rear of the seat area. In other words, there is plenty of room for the improvement and customization of this kayak.

I don’t now about other states, but in planet Florida this type of watercraft has to be registered. According to Florida Statute 327.02(23), the Ocean Kayak Torque is considered to be a “motorboat”; therefore, registration is mandated if used with the motor. Otherwise, it is just a kayak and does not require registration. Also, Florida Statute 327.39(2), states that a person operating a personal watercraft equipped by the manufacturer with a lanyard type engine cutoff switch must attach such lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or personal flotation device as is appropriate for the specific vessel. Now, when you look at the torque, you just see another kayak because you don’t see the motor and you don’t travel at a high rate of speed. So you do the math. Since I am not a Marine Patrol Police Officer, I don’t see myself enforcing these type of laws in Florida’s waterways; but I am 100% sure that there is someone out there who will. So use your best judgment if you ever purchase a Torque and operate it with the motor in planet Florida. The use of PFD’s are also mandated.

I like my Torque very much. The Ocean Kayak Torque is the second kayak I’ve owned and operated and I must tell you; I love it! Now I am able to just go greater distances without having to worry about paddling back; especially if you have to paddle in less than paddling friendly weather conditions. I must confess though, that I have paddled more with the Torque than with the Redfish. Some people argue that kayaking is a paddling only sport. If kayaking is only a paddling only sport, what are we doing fishing from them? Paddle or motor; who cares? All I know is that I was not too far off when I first called my Ocean Kayak Torque, “The ultimate fishing machine!”

The days catch on my Ocean Kayak Torque
bluefish caught on my Torque
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