As for fishing I like the Prowler better, it has more room to move around and is a tad more stable. The hump in front of the seat took some getting used to.
This is a rock solid yak that is a very good but not super fishing machine. It was definitely worth the money I paid for it.
9 out of 10.
Very stable, fast, easy to lift, comfortable seat area. (Some people commented on the hump but I didn’t notice it at all). Foot wells are like the OK, the tank well is good sized and will fit a milk crate (but not it’s close to the prowler’s aircraft carrier size well).
It wetter then my OK, the seat doesn’t have any scupper holes. If you get water in the seat it stays there. The front hatch has no storage space you might fit a small dry bag in there (the 14 has good size).
My kid has hit a few oyster bars and the trilon scratches up just like roto plastic it’s not that big a deal for me. It can be drilled into without problems and rigged any way you chose. I have never used a rudder so I can’t comment on that.
Overall I give it an 8 and would definitely buy it again.
Pros: solid performance, sideways position is better for yaks left on overnight, easy to install and will fit on factory racks.
Cons: It can be very difficult to load your yak on a high SUV (I have a Tahoe) after a long day of paddling, black streaks happened to me (I have a fishing SOT and really don’t care about cosmetics), road noise.
Overall I give the J cradle an 9 they work as advertised. Because of the loading difficulty (which is no fault of the company) I will switch back to the hully roller and saddles for day trips.
I was worried about leaks from the scupper holes. I’d read that had been a problem. I checked the hatch and not a drop.
The biggest thing I love about the Prowler is the space. The tank well is huge. I fit my cooler, cast net, anchor and pfd back there. In IMHO it’s a great fishing machine. It’s a pleasure to paddle.