AMAZING!!. ........ AFTER PADDLEING OVER 60 KAYAKS I CONVERTED IN A SCUPPER MANIAC .. STILL I HAVE 6 OF THEM .. SCUPPER CLASSIC, SCUPPER PRO.. INCLUDING ((2 ))SIGNATURE EDITION GREG BARTOM...... ALWAYS THINKING HOW THE BEST KAYAKS GET TO BE DISCONTINUED?... AND AFTER 12 YEARS MY PRAYERS WERE HEARD...... I GOT MY GREAT WHITE SCUPPER 14 by SWELL WATERCRAFT ... YES!! IT CAN BE DONE .... IMPROVE THE BEST WASN'T AN EASY TASK.... AND SWELL DID IT .... IN MY WORDS ... AMAZING!!!!!!...... GREAT FOR ME .. MY GRANDFATHER .. MY FATHER & MY SON (((ONE SIZE FITS ALL)))... AMAZING!!!!!!!
Best kayak I ever had! Size and weight are on point. I have used it in the ocean and rivers. It is very stable, easy to get in and out of, tracks great in wide and narrow areas and plenty of room for your kayak gear and other outdoor accessories. It is perfectly designed for all types of uses. Use it for recreational kayaking and fishing. I can get good speed with this kayak while it's design cuts right through the surface. I am very happy to have it and look forward to many more adventures.
I purchased two scupper 14s with the initial launch of the product. The scupper 14 is exactly what i was hoping it would be. The kayak is a fast, stable, and efficient sit on top with good capacity. I was looking at composites at three times the price when I was told about the swell kayaks new scupper 14 from a shop owner in cal. A shop owner in Hawaii lamented the the discontinuation of the scupper pro and we did discuss that the scupper 14 could be a replacement for an off-shore fishing kayak. I am able to paddle faster than either my OC Prower 13 or my OC Trident 15 or my Delta 12.10 sit-inside. The boat has great secondary stability. The initial stability is less than the other boats i mentioned above but this is easy to get used to and the narrower hull provides that performance that is not available in any other sit on top I have tried. The acceleration and glide is great. I easily out paced a friend in his Eddyiline Caribbean 12 which is about four inches wider and two feet shorter..As with any sit on top there is some water accumulation from paddle drip and the forward raised scuppers do allow some water to enter the cockpit when paddling into chop. Scupper plugs in these holes do alleviate this. These raised forward scuppers do prevent the cockpit from swamping so I would not have the plugs in in really rough conditions. Scupper valves in the foot wells allow all but a little over an inch of water to drain out with a venture effect while under way should a lot of water enter the cockpit. These valves stay closed under normal conditions. The boat seems to be very durable and has good attention to detail. I find that it works while trolling with the rod holder in the track in the front of the boat. It performs very well in a head wind. I does weather cock with the wind off the stern but so do most boats. I could install a rudder but i don't feel this is necessary. The boat does respond to edging while turning or tracking in a tail wind.Another important reason I purchased the Scupper 14 is that Swell kalyaks is a small company in Washington and Jim the owner has been very responsive to my question in spite of being very busy with the launch of this new company and kayak.In summary if you are looking for a fast, stable and efficeint all purpose sit on top you will be happy with this kayak.
I love this kayak! Having owned 5 prior sit on top kayaks this is by far the best.
It is very comfortable, fast, seaworthy and lighter than the competition. My prior favorite was the Scupper Pro TW but at5'10 and over 200 pounds the bucket was too tight especially with a wetsuit on.
My other SoT boat is a composite surf ski so I was amazed how light and lively the Swell felt when on the water. Most plastic boats have a very sluggish feel. My last boat was a WS Tarpon 16 with rudder. The swell even though shorter is more responsive, has better glide, accelerates better and is faster. I really appreciate the way they tucked in the hull to allow for a comfortable and efficient stroke.
No boat is perfect but my complaints are minor.
The midship handles are better used as finger holds. If you wrap your hand around the handle the hull digs into your fingers.
There is a sacrificial skid plate which is replaceable and prevents wear on the hull when dragging the boat. Because it concentrates all the weight on a small area it makes the boat hard to drag on sand or gravel. This is not a complaint because it is well worth the trade off but a caution because it gave a few friends the impression the swell was heavy when in fact it's 15 pounds lighter than their boats.
My hull is a very early version and has the original scupper plugs. At times they would allow water to weep in. When I notice this it is easy enough to reach under the hull and push them flush while in the seat. Not sure if this is still an issue now that they have updated the scuppers but no big deal anyway.
Having owned over 20 paddle craft and currently owning 6 this has quickly become my go too boat! It is just low hassle fun so I strongly recommend it!