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Current Designs Tailfin

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Current Designs Tailfin

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Current Designs
Model:
Tailfin
MSRP ($):
1,199.00
Length (ft):
12

Current Designs is a kayak manufacturer that specializes in sea kayaks, recreational kayaks and touring kayaks, so when they announced their first fishing kayak, it caused quite a stir. Unfortunately, the Tailfin really needed to impress if it wanted to be a serious contender and what anglers ended up getting was little more than a recreational kayak with a few additions to make it more suitable for fishing.

 

Current Designs is known for the quality of their products, but the high price of the Tailfin means that it is out of its league compared to some of the angling specific kayaks on the market. According to Current Designs, the Tailfin is designed for the discriminating angler, and the "sit-above" kayak has an emphasis on customization and comfort. While there is certainly little that can be faulted with the design from a technical standpoint, there is unfortunately little here that hasn't also been done better before either. The kayak has an overall length of 12'0" and a width of about 30". It features a polyethylene construction and weighs 71lbs, but it is able to handle a maximum load of about 400 lbs.

 

The stability of the Tailfin is decent, thanks to the dual performance outriggers, that are standard options with all Tailfins. Control and maneuverability isn't bad either and can be improved by opting for the optional Smart-Track rudder system. The kayak features slide mounting rails that have been fitted into the kayak throughout the deck and you can quickly attach your accessories using the Current Designs universal mounting bracket. This is something that you will have to do if you want to add rod holders to this kayak. For storage you have three flip-lock hatches as well as an under deck storage compartment that runs the full length of the kayak. Larger tackle and gear can be stored in the rear of the kayak, behind the seat. The cockpit area has plenty of room and the multi-angle, multi-level high back seat is adjustable enough for plenty of comfort as well.

 

Although it is always great to see kayak brand stepping out of their comfort zone and embracing the angling side of the kayak, there is little reason to pick a Tailfin over the other options on the market. While there is nothing wrong with the kayak from a technical standpoint, it is just outclassed by most of the other fishing kayaks in this price class. If you can find it for a bargain, then it might be worth your while, but otherwise opt for a dedicated fishing kayak that offers more value for money.

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