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Eddyline "Caribbean 14"

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Eddyline Caribbean 14

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Eddyline
Model:
Caribbean
MSRP ($):
1,679.00
Length (ft):
14

This new sporty kayak contains most of the popular features of the Caribbean 12 with a lengthened cockpit. The increased capacity of the Eddyline “Caribbean 14” will suit larger kayak fishermen. The cockpit provides a long tray down the center with an easy access. An optional console cover lets the fisherman use the hatch as a rod pod, with the cover guarding the reels and anything else during surf launching and landing. With a built in platform for a Plano box storage, several options for mounting rod holders, fish finders, tracks for mounting accessories, and a good comfortable high backed seat kayak anglers will have the options to rig their Caribbean for their style of fishing.

Features:

  • Flat spots for mounting rod holders
  • Accessory tracks
  • Paddle holders
  • Large font hatch
  • Adjustable foot braces

Specs:

  • Width: 29"
  • Weight: 50 lbs
  • Capacity: 400 lbs

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Has some issues

In addition to my Eddyline 14, I own a Hobie Adventure and a Hurricane Phoenix 120. About 90% of my kayak use is fishing in the ocean, and I have to admit that the Hobie is my kayak of choice. When fishing, it's hard to beat pedaling, since it keeps my hands free. And the Hobie gives me a significantly greater range compared to any paddling kayak. But, I do use the Eddyline, primarily for situations that require a beach launch.

The Eddyline paddles nicely and tracks well (even without a rudder), and has excellent primary stability. It has lots of flat surface area, some of which is specifically designed for fishing (e.g., Scotty mounts). Although I very much like those aspects of the boat, it does have some strange quirks---it sorta feels like a work in progress. In a lot of cases, I get the distinct impression that Eddyline did things differently, just to be different, not necessarily to be better. Some examples:

1) Seat --- The seat uses an odd attachment system. It works, but I see no no advantage over standard straps/clips. More significantly, the stock seat itself is so uncomfortable as to be unusable, at least for me. The seat bottom is paper-thin, the seat slides around as you paddle, and the seat back provides no support (other than that, it's a great seat...). So, I use the Apex "Crack of Dawn" seat, which works extremely well for me. But for a kayak in this price range, you shouldn't have to buy an aftermarket seat. 2) Side carry handles --- These look really cool (carbon fiber, woohoo!), but they had to made a big cutout in the side so these rigid handles would fit. This has the effect of lowering the entry point for water by a couple of inches, and in rough conditions, it does result in some additional water in the cockpit area. Less "cool" but more practical handles would make a lot more sense. 3) Center "console" --- If you don't purchase the console cover (an extra 70 dollars or so), you're left with a place where water puddles (not to mention fish goo) with no way to drain. So, IMHO, the console cover is an absolute must. Again, for a kayak in this price range, you should not have to pay extra for something essential to the design. I have installed the console cover and it works, but seems a bit flimsy (see the next point), especially considering the price they charge. 4) Hatches --- The front hatch and the (optional, but necessary) console cover are both surprisingly flimsy. I'd be surprised if the console cover survives long under heavy use. In addition, the rotating lock system is easily fouled by sand or dirt. I've had to completely remove the lock-knobs and clean out underneath after fairly routine beach landings, just because a small amount of grit got under there. 5) Track system --- They use a rather flimsy track system. It's fine for mounting a fishfinder or GPS, but there's no way you could even consider putting a rod holder on there. At the risk of sounding like a broken record... for a kayak in this price range, I'd expect something more. 6) Retractable front/rear handles --- Another feature that looks cool, but probably is not the most practical/robust thing.

The bottom line? It's a great paddling kayak, but definitely has some issues. Personally, I believe the PVC material Eddyline uses is inherently superior to the rotomolded polyethylene that most manufactures use. So, hopefully, Eddyline will work out some of these kinks in the next iteration, since this design has a lot of potential.

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