Abaco 13.5 Description
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Abaco 13.5 Reviews
My wife an I went rented a…
I needed to buy a fishing…
I have taken this out fishing in Tampa Bay and the inter coastal waters, and find it to be really stable, moves fast enough for my liking, and can carry me (250lbs) plus all my fishing stuff comfortably. With all that weight, the water still doesn't even come up the scupper holes. My butt was completely dry and so was the deck.
I can also convert this back to a tandem kayak by moving my seat back (I sit in the middle seat in fishing mode) and adding a front seat for my kids. So it's a tandem yak, and a really awesome fishing yak for less than the price of a Prowler!
The only thing that sucks is how heavy this thing is. It feels to be about 100 lbs. I'm a big guy and can put this on top of my mini van by myself, but it's no easy feat and requires a lot of strength and balance! Also, in fresh water, this thing is the equivalent of paddling a refrigerator filled with rocks. It's SLOW. But in salt water (because of the difference in buoyancy) it floats high, and cuts through the water quickly.
In comparing this West Marine…
Pros: eight scuppers (trial and error Ocean Kayak small plugs optional) that work well, without keeping the occupants wet, heavy but sturdy and very stable tri-hull supports 550lbs. functional center seat position allows good control as solo paddler, and most can sit cross legged if optional back rest/seat is not used. Good handle locations for portage. Storage: small center screw type compartment, bungee cords front and rear with well on stern.
Cons: heavy, weather cocking, not available from other than from West Marine in CT
A great value SOT that makes for a versatile rec kayak.
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Pros: molded seating for tandem or solo use, bungee front and rear, built in comfortable side and end T style carry handles, strong shell without the worry oil can deformation, functional scuppers, tracks well even in light winds, value, accommodates any seating system,small center storage chamber. Very stable, surf suitable.
Cons: heavy but justified by capacity of up to 550lbs.