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I got to paddle an Eddyline Caribbean 12 a few days ago. I have to say that it's one of the best looking plastic SOT kayaks I've seen. If you love the way [fiber] glass boats look and either don't want to spend that much money or what you're looking for is simply not available in glass, then you'll love the looks of this boat. It's beautiful. It appears to be very well made. While the molded in side handles work well and look cool, in chop you may take on some water there as they do lower the water line quite a bit; while not as cool looking I think standard carry handles would have been better functionally. It is lighter than a comparable roto-molded kayak but quite a bit heavier that a glass boat the same size. Eddyline has a fancy name for the plastic they use but it is the standard thermo-formed stuff... I wouldn't want to hit any rocks with it. The standard strap in seat can be replaced easily so if you don't find it comfortable there are a lot of options available. I found the supplied seat plenty comfortable; I'm male, 5'10" and 190 lbs. The cup holder has a nice drain but is a bit shallow if you carry tall bottles of water like I do. Storage is ample though I wondered about sand/dirt getting under the latches and causing problems. For me, the cockpit was more than roomy and would probably be great for fishing. On the water it's very stable. In fact you would just about have to try to tip it over to flip it. Standing in it to fish would not be a problem with just a little practice. So how does it paddle? I'm going to plagiarize what another reviewer wrote because you couldn't describe it any better... like a barge. It pushes a wake of water in front of it and the faster you try to go the bigger the wall of water becomes. It tracks straight and true; better than most. It's extremely easy to turn. There was no wind when I took it out so unfortunately I can't comment on its' performance in the wind though I did find the lack of being able to add a rudder a tad disheartening. While I do not normally use a rudder when paddling, I do deploy one for holding my position while taking photographs. I don't fish but could see the usefulness of a rudder there too and every boat I've paddled in a moderate and slightly off centered headwind benefits from it, so I don't understand why they didn't even give you the option. So there you have it; my two cents worth. That said, kayaks are probably the most specialized craft on the water. Making one better at one thing will cause it to suffer at another. If you plan on one of these boats as a fishing kayak , add another star. For fishing I would give it only four stars do to the inability to add a rudder, those "cool looking" carry handles, and the need to purchase a center console separately. If you plan on nothing more than looking good and putting around the edge of lakes or floating down open rivers for pleasure.. add two more. Me, I paddle and this is paddling.com. I enjoy long trips across lakes and extended journeys down rivers. Some of the rivers I traverse have fast moving water with shallow areas and big rocks; among other obstacles I sometimes scrape or bounce off of. I often paddle 25-30 miles. So for paddling I give it three stars; mostly because of the way it defies you to move at even a moderate pace. In fact, I would have given it two, if it wasn't so darn pretty.
Wow! I finally took my Caribbean 12 out for its maiden voyage. I chose a quiet lake on a calm, sunny day. The built in handles were perfectly balanced to carry and load the boat. At 45 pounds, I had no problem keeping over my head and gently laying it down. Once on the water the boat tracked beautifully, and turned easily. I'm 5'10", 200 lbs. and I had a few inches left in the foot pegs, and didn't take undo water up through the scuppers. The seat was super comfortable and supported by back perfectly. I rocked and bounced, trying to feel uncomfortable, and felt stable and safe at all times. This is definitely a great boat. I installed the cup and rod holders on the rails, but I need to play around with placement and position. I found that it was difficult to find a position that allowed access for trolling without hitting the line with my paddle. I'll be adding a few deck fittings, bow line, and installing flush mount rod holders. I really can't imagine a better 12' sit-on-top than the Eddyline Caribbean. It will get some serious testing this summer.
Kayak is everything I wanted it to be. I use J hooks to hold on car. It took me a few tries until I developed a method to put it on my Vibe small SUV. The kayak goes through the water like butter and with the the design of the bottom, tracks very well through waves in the intercostal waterway. Very stable as well. I also looked at several others in this class. All priced about the same. I chose the Eddyline because of the dealer who encourages demos to be sure of the appropriate kayak to user and also because of the more than adequate storage in the caribbean for what I want to use it for. I also have the upgraded seat which may have been an issue as the other seat was not nearly as comfortable.
You get what you pay for. As a past reviewer said, there are cheaper boats out there, but what you are paying for is lighter weight. Eddyline's Carbonlite 2000 can be 20 lbs lighter than a roto boat at 12'. It might not be any faster, but it take a lot less energy to push it through the water. You'll still be paddling when your buddy paddling a roto poops out. It's also a lot tougher when it come to oyster bars.
Although the boat is great I simply don't think it merits its $1400 MSRP as it doesn't outperform my OK and Hobie poly yaks which are less than half the price of this boat. Take $400 off the MSRP and fix the squeaking seat issue and I think you would have a winner.
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!