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Caribbean 12

by Eddyline Kayaks

The Caribbean 12 has features sure to please the recreational paddler as well as the avid fisherman.  This light weight kayak is very stability and has excellent tracking.  It is outfitted with hatches, scuppers, a seat drain, comfortable seat and multiple mounting options including a gear track.  

The Caribbean 12 Angler includes: Cloud 10 SOT seat, Front hatch liner,  Footwell Pads, Two Flushmount Sea Dog Rod Holders, RAM-ROD 2007 rod holder and Yak Attack 1.5” Screwball, Drink cup holder with Can Cooler and 1” Screwball.

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Passed The First Test

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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.

A beautifully crafted kayak. However, Eddyline could do better with its…

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A beautifully crafted kayak. However, Eddyline could do better with its seat, which is neither secure nor particularly comfortable. The boat tracks nicely, but it feels a bit like a barge going through the water — I'm 160 pounds. Love the carrying handles, stability and light weight (45 pounds). The Caribbean is just fine for poking around on creeks and small places, but if you do a lot of open water paddling, I'd look elsewhere. Wish I'd gotten the Caribbean 14.

Purchased Caribbean 12 in April after researching products and costs for about…

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Purchased Caribbean 12 in April after researching products and costs for about 1 year. Live in Florida so wanted a sit-on-top, tracked well, lightweight enough that I can maneuver it on car and off for my later years. The kayak is made of a composite material and weighs roughly 45 lbs.

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.

This is a brilliant looking kayak. It is very responsive in the…

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This is a brilliant looking kayak. It is very responsive in the water and turns and stops very well. It heals over well also. It is a bit slow because of its weight and beam. I found it difficult to handle out of the water, being large and a bit heavy - still loved it over all.

I have had the Caribbean 12 for two years now and absolutely…

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I have had the Caribbean 12 for two years now and absolutely love it. I use it on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Fla. for photography and relaxation. It is balanced well for getting those shots you have to turn your body quickly, no tipping which is a wonderful thing when carrying expensive camera equipment.
LOVE MY EDDYLINE!!!!

Good solid construction and good looks. A stable dry ride, more so…

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Good solid construction and good looks. A stable dry ride, more so than many. Seat drain works well and no backwash from the scuppers. Seat squeak is a thing of the past and older boats can be retrofitted with an insert.

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 very pricey this boat is very nice. It tracks well…

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Although very pricey this boat is very nice. It tracks well and has good glide when up to speed. It's best attribute is its stability which is excellent. The stock seat is very squeaky against the abs shell which I found extremely annoying creating a loud creaking with every paddle stroke. Maybe some rubber pads under the seat would alleviate this? The side carry handles made from carbon paddles are nice.

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.

I bought the Eddyline Caribbean 12 at the 2012 East Coast Paddlesports…

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I bought the Eddyline Caribbean 12 at the 2012 East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival. I wanted a kayak more suited to fishing than my Wilderness Tsunami, and also one that I could easily handle solo for launching and for loading onto my vehicle.

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!