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Eddyline "Caribbean 12"

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Eddyline Caribbean 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Eddyline
Model:
Caribbean
MSRP ($):
1,379.00
Length (ft):
12

With many outfitting options, the Eddyline Kayaks “Caribbean 12 ” is popular amongst kayak anglers. The Caribbean 12 tracks well and turns on a dime. The cockpit and tank well drain effectively thanks to the seat bottom being positioned over the foot well. Kayak fishermen will love the hulls high gloss finish and ultra tough UV-resistant Carbonlite material.

 Features:

  • Large front hatch
  • Center day hatch
  • High back seat
  • Seat well drain
  • High gloss hull
  • UV resistand Carbonlite

Specs:

  • Width: 30"
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Capacity: 300 lbs
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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.8
Speed 
 
3.0  (2)
Stability 
 
5.0  (2)
Durability 
 
4.0  (2)
Features 
 
3.5  (2)
Value 
 
3.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
2.6
Speed 
 
1.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Features 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0

Tries too hard to do it all....

People who spend a lot of money on something without first trying out all the competing offerings will talk about how much they love it and how awesome it is. Human nature, even though they have no idea how it compares. With that out of the way, I demoed one of these boats. To me it's a boat that tries very hard to be everything and comes in mediocre at best for all of it. As a fishing kayak it lacks a solid framed removable chair, the ability to add foot propulsion, copious space and accessible storage for poles, bait, and tackle. Eddyline pushes that ridicules hatch behind the seat as rod storage, but tell me please how exactly you get your rods in and out while on the water sitting in the seat? It does offer excellent stability making it easy to stand up in, which makes it terrible at our next category. Touring. As a touring kayak it lacks the ability to glide. Imagine paddling a barge. The seat is comfortable enough and it tracks straight, but you aren't going very far without a lot of effort and you aren't getting there fast with any amount of it. It's too small and does not have enough storage to be an expedition kayak. What's that you say... but it's a great boat for beginners due to all that stability? Well, it's certainly not priced as a beginner's boat. A beginner would be served just as good with a Walmart/Costco special at around $250. Weight... it is lighter than polyethylene boats but not as light as a fiberglass or other composite boat. For the price, or less, you could find yourself a like new used or new on sale composite boat that is not only lighter, but also infinitely and easily repairable and modifiable; and what the hell is that stink? Composite boats smell, and it isn't a great smell; don't get me wrong. But this boat had the most repulsive chemical smell I've ever had the displeasure of sensing. Perhaps that fades away with time, but I'm certainly not buying one to find out. Kayaks are probably the most specialized craft on the water. Make it more stable and you give up efficiency (some call it glide or speed). Make it longer and sleeker and you give up stability. Decide what you want to do and buy a boat that's built for that purpose. It will excel at it. No boat is great at everything, and boats that try to be are generally lousy at all or most of them. The same is true of most everything. Two stars for a boat that tries to do it all and falls quite short at all of it. I've paddled competing models touted as all around kayaks that perform much better at all of it, though they too fall somewhat short. The one thing this boat does very well is look pretty. So if standing up on something pretty is your thing, then this is your five star boat.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Something pretty you can stand up on.
Cons:
Everything else.
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Speed 
 
5.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Paddles Great

I bought the Eddyline Caribbean 12 at the 2012 East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival. I wanted a kayak more suited to fishing than my Wilderness Tsunami, and also one that I could easily handle solo for launching and for loading onto my vehicle.

The 12 foot Caribbean was perfect for my needs. At 45 lbs, it easily beat out the most popular fishing kayaks that weigh in at 65 lbs and more. I can heft the Caribbean with one hand, if necessary. My Caribbean has two built-in rod holders, and side tracks for mounting other accessories.

On the water, I can easily stand up and throw my bait cast net in the shallows, before paddling out to my target sites. My soft cooler stows in the front, under the watertight hatch. I can secure my pfd and milk crate in the rear section, using the built-in deck cords. The watertight bucket, just forward of the seat, is great for stowing my wallet, keys, and camera. It's also handy for keeping those favorite lures for quick changes. When not on the water, my 7-foot rods store inside the hull under the secure hatch covers.

The Caribbean paddles great, provides a stable platform for fishing, and it's pretty to boot!

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