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Caribbean 14

by Eddyline Kayaks

The Caribbean 14 is a high performance, lightweight kayak,  designed for  the fishing enthusiast who may be dealing with surf or rough water conditions.  With exceptional tracking and an efficient hull, the kayak is stable and maneuverable and the cockpit suits a larger paddler or a greater load. Outfitted with multiple mounting options and easy, accessible hatches. Many options are available for this lightweight, fast kayak!

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Finest SOT you can buy.

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I recently bought a Caribbean 14, after my wife paddled a year on her Caribbean 12. I loved her boat (the few times she would give it up long enough to let me paddle it), and as a larger guy (6'2"/200#), I wanted a SOT for the extra legroom, for fishing, and for ease of entry and exit while coming ashore multiple times on the shorter tours we do, and for cruising along beaches. After experiencing the C12 last year, the Caribbean really does feel like a boat with no compromises: The agility, efficiency and speed of a SIK, along with the convenience, comfort and stability of a SOT. Of course, there are ALWAYS compromises to hull design, but unless you're wringing your boat out to 95-100% of its performance on a regular basis, or you want a very-focused boat for extended touring, etc., you will likely not ever find this kayak making you wish for another, no matter what you're doing.

While the 12 was plenty comfortable for me, I knew the 14 would give me even more room to stretch out. The fit and finish on my boat is flawless. I went with the tried-and-true yellow deck with a white hull, while my wife's C12 is lime green (a beautiful and highly-noticeable color, if you haven't seen one in person). I've read conflicting reports of whether or not kayak color contributes to visibility in any meaningful way, but since we do paddle some larger lakes, and intend to paddle some inland waterways in the future, I wanted any edge I could get in remaining visible to larger boats.

I ordered the angler edition, which, besides the integral rod holders behind the seat, includes options available through Eddyline that can be quickly and easily added to any Caribbean: A rail-mounted rod holder and drink carrier, deck traction pads in the footwells, and a small pad in the area forward of the footwell, designed to hold tackle trays (sized to hold 2-3 stacked Plano 3600 series trays perfectly).

My kayak was not ordered with a rudder, and I don't regret the decision. Light and simple are two attributes of a boat that make kayaking enjoyable for me, and I didn't want the added weight or complexity of the rudder. I don't find weathercocking - even in strong winds - to be a major problem. The boat tracks extremely straight and true, and to me, paddles for all the world like a more-focused sit-inside touring craft. Primary and secondary stability are rock-solid and very well defined and crisp.

I intend to use my boat approximately 60-70% for recreational paddling with my wife, and 30-40% for fishing local lakes. For that reason, I wanted to be able to add or remove gear from the boat quickly and easily. I did not add an anchor trolley, and have been very pleased with the simplicity of carrying a couple of rods behind me in the integral holders, a few trays of tackle in the forward tray area, and a small tackle bag in the tank well. I use an 18" drift anchor when the wind and current are pushing me too quickly ashore, and so far have been very happy with that setup.

The Caribbean is not, by any definition, a stand-to-fish kayak. But the new Cloud 10 seat is amazingly comfortable, and is perfectly-positioned at a level just high enough so that you aren't hitting gunwales, etc. with pole handles and wrists, but still low enough that it feels like a true paddler's boat, rather than one of the dedicated fishing craft with the seat high up above the deck.

Speed is phenomenal for a SOT. I've never done a GPS speed test, and while the kayak can't possibly be quite as speedy as a narrow-beam boat, the 14 FEELS as fast as any touring boat out there, and the extra length and slightly-narrower beam gives it a hair more speed and glide than the Caribbean 12 - just enough to be noticeable. Steering feels light and precise - particularly if you're coming to this boat from other, heavier SOT kayaks. The 14' length means the boat rewards more aggressive, leaned turns, but it does so in a very linear and controlled fashion. Never have I felt like this boat was going to do anything other than what I intended...even while leaning over the side to net a fish, shift position, or crawling up to get something out of the forward hatch. I use a lightweight Werner Camano paddle, which, combined with the only-50-or-so-pounds of the C14 hull, gives an amazing overall impression of effortless, airy control.

If you're looking for a boat that can excel in multiple areas - flatwater paddle trips, easy river cruising, fishing the bays or waterways, or simply exploring your local lake, that is both confidence-inspiring to beginners, and plenty fast and agile for experienced paddlers, you won't find a lighter, more refined or more comfortable kayak anywhere. Eddyline kayaks aren't cheap, but paddle one, and you'll instantly know that they aren't expensive, either. They are truly worth every penny, if you value light weight, beautiful lines, and flawless paddling characteristics.

Love This Kayak

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Because of a knee issue, I use a SOT kayak for day paddling and multi-day trips. I have owned a Necky Vector 13 for three years, and wanted a longer but lighter weight SOT kayak. After much looking I decided on the Eddyline Caribbean 14. One foot longer and 10 pounds lighter than the Vector 13. I purchased through a west coast dealer and had it shipped to Salt Lake City Utah. The kayak arrived in perfect condition. I purchased in the fall of 2016, so I got a 2017 model and decided on the red top/silver bottom color combination. Very sharp looking boat. I got the standard model, but added a rudder. Since purchase, I have also added the non-slip decking to the cockpit area, and two Rail Blaza deck mounts just behind the seat for Go Pro and other accessories. I did not care for the stock seat that came with the kayak, so I got an aftermarket seat with a lower back from ACK.

The weight difference is very noticeable when I move my kayaks around at home. I can carry the Eddyline further, with less stopping than the Vector 13. I just completed my first 5 day trip with the Eddyline, and I must say I was very happy with it. I liked my Vector 13 a lot, and was hoping that I'd love the Eddyline as well. I kept the Vector 13 as a loaner kayak.

Handling - Tracks very well. Excellent initial and secondary stability. The rudder was handy in windy conditions. My Vector 13 has a rather flat bottom, so it spins little easier than the Eddyline with it's pronounced keel. The Vector was a pretty fast kayak as far as SOTs go, and the Eddyline is as fast or faster.

Fit & Finish - Very sleek kayak with lots of nice details. The seat area is slightly more raised than my Vector, and was very comfy for all day paddling. The seat drain thing works great and I had a dry butt all day. I love the position of the scuppers, just under the thigh area. If I got water in the cockpit from getting in & out of the kayak, it was easy to reach down and pop the scupper plug to drain the water. The kayak did to come with scupper plugs, so I bought some universal plugs from ACK that fit perfectly. That cockpit/leg area is generous, and this was an easy boat to enter & exit with a bad knee. The tank well is a good size and held a Watershed Yukon gear bag nicely. I love the rear cargo strap on my Vector and the overlapping bungies on the Eddyline work ok, but I'm working on a cargo net idea to secure gear better in the tank well. I was super happy with the interior room in this kayak for multi-day trip gear. I had no problem fitting everything, including all my water for 5 days. I even had room to bring my ukulele. The front, center, and rear hatches gave easy access to the interior of the kayak. I do think the hatch cover on my Vector 13 is a bit more waterproof than the hatch cover on the Eddyline, but we shall see how it goes in bigger water conditions. The Eddyline hatch doesn't seem as snug.

Durability - Too early to tell, but it handled 5 days on a southern Utah river with minimal scratches to the hull. The rudder functions well so far.

Overall this is still the best kayak I have ever owned...

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My Eddyline Caribbean 14 angler version was purchased in June of 2016. I had owned 2 previous 2013 models. There are several things you will notice immediately with the new style Caribbean:

Pros:

First, the cloud seat is a big upgrade over the original seat. It is more padded and easier to attach.
Second, the new liner below the seat prevents the seat from squeaking.
Third, the redesigned cockpit offers more leg room and a storage bucket area between your legs.
Fourth, the redesigned rear cargo area will allow you more crate / storage options.
Fifth, the dull finish of the hull on the green model seems to stay cleaner and show less scratches.
Sixth, the new foot peg system adjusts easier.
Seventh, the front hatch is easily accessible on the water.
Eighth, By far the lightest best sot fishing kayak I have ever owned.
Ninth, The best secondary stability of any sot kayak I have ever owned.

Cons:
1) The below deck storage area that used to be accessed between your legs so you could stow
rods below deck on surf launches is gone. (replaced with a gear bucket)
2) The cloud seat is heavy and soaks up water like a sponge. Seats are a personal thing.
Hard to find one that fits all. Kind of like a paddle? But it is nice to have options.
3) The new foot pegs are too small and don't lock into place. They keep sliding when you put
pressure on them.
4) The front hatch still leaks a good amount of water in rough seas.
5) They could offer a battery bag for fish finders.
6) Maybe an area could be designed for mounting a transducer for a fish finder to be in the water?

Overall this is still the best kayak I have ever owned. If you like to paddle you will not be disappointed. I could see Eddyline offering a redesigned Angler version in the future. The old center console cover was not a great design on the 2013 model. But I do think they could angle the opening where the storage bucket between your legs goes on the new model so you could store rods below deck. Also after I called Eddyline they sent me the old style footpegs and rails to correct the problem with my new system. Great company. Great people to work with. Respond to most inquiries the same day. Made in America :) and made great.

After buying and selling a few different kayaks feeling unsatisfied with comfort/performance/features…

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After buying and selling a few different kayaks feeling unsatisfied with comfort/performance/features over the last few years I settled on a new Eddyline Caribbean 14. I have the usual middle aged low back pain problems. I love to paddle for hours on end but my back cannot tolerate more than a couple at a time without a break. The new Cloud Ten angler seats are a huge comfort/support upgrade over the standard seat. (this seat should be standard IMO) I love the comfort of lawn chair style seats but not the sluggish performance and ridiculously heavy weight of those kayaks and I've tried them all. My wife owns a Caribbean 12 and loves it and will paddle it until it's unable to float. The new changes made to the Caribbean make a big difference. The 14' is noticeably faster with better glide than the 12' and has more legroom. I'm 6' tall 200lbs and feel maxed out in the 12' so the 14' was my choice. It is an inch narrower, 2' longer and has less of a defined keel in the mid section of the hull compared to the 12'.

At 50 lbs with textured/ribbed carbon solid carry handles I can still pick up this kayak and carry it myself for short distances. The 14' feels a bit more stable than the 12' and I'm able to stand and paddle OK. It's by no means a stand and fish kayak but it's surprisingly stable for such a fast paddling kayak of this length. I'd say it feels just as fast as any sit inside kayak of the same length. The scuppers work great, are whisper quiet with no blow back like some other sit on tops(Ride/Slayer)The ABS thermoformed material is very stiff and slick and doesn't scrape nearly as easily as poly and is much lighter. (this boat is 20-30 lbs lighter than other 14' fishing SOT's on the market) The new foot rests are easy to use and solid but could be angled for more comfort. The new center hatch with a bucket is very useful for stashing a small drybag/keys wallet/phone/camera ect and is easy to use and doesn't leak a drop of water. The front hatch is very large/watertight also and can fit paddles inside along with the seat/life vest ect. during transport. The new textured reinforced seatpan is nice, high-dry and squeak free now and still has the drain so you will never get a wet bum.

The price on this kayak is quite hefty. Having said that you certainly get what you pay for as the fit and finish is the best in the industry by a large margin. You get so many great features that make it worthwhile. I'm as fickle as they come and I'm in love with this kayak. With fantastic speed, stability, great construction, great features, good comfort, light weight this kayak is a home run!

I will preface this review by stating that I am very fickle…

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I will preface this review by stating that I am very fickle especially with kayaks. I have owned or tried nearly every make and model of kayak made over the years and paddle around Florida primarily in Tampa Bay waters 3-4 times a week. I also have a 2013 Eddyline Caribbean 12 that my wife uses.

I just purchased an all white 2015 Eddyline Caribbean 14. They just made quite a few changes for the better in this new model year. The squeaky seat issue was fixed with a textured seat pan insert. The center console/rod pod was removed to open the cockpit up for more leg room and a large hatch/bucket was put in with softer/easier to use round rubber hatch covers front/rear. A lay down bottle holder/bungee was added in front of the bucket. The stock seat is ok but has a dumb cord attachment system that is too fiddly and impractical. It's certainly different and worse. I put in an aftermarket seat with regular style brass clips. The seadog foot braces were replaced with squeeze and slide style which are quicker to adjust but are still straight up. Angled footrests would be more comfortable IMO. The carbon side carry handles are no longer smooth like a paddle shaft but instead rougher/ribbed now for more grip when wet. The hull seems to be slightly reshaped as well with tweaked tear drop scupper holes and a less pronounced keel in the middle to aid in turning I think.

The boat feels significantly heavier than it's claimed 50 pounds. My Caribbean 12 is 45 pounds but feels much lighter than the 14. It feels like a 15 pound difference at least not 5. For a sit on top kayak it's nearly perfect. It is as fast to paddle as a sea kayak of similar size and much faster than any other sit on top I've paddled. It even beats the fast Necky Vectors. It is a bit faster than the Caribbean 12 with much better glide. It does exhibit slight weather cocking in wind. Adding a rudder would make sense if you paddle in open windy rough conditions often. It tracks very straight and also turns well so it's a good compromise in performance.

The primary and secondary stability are the best of any sit on top out there. It's stable enough to stand up paddle in calm water and light chop/wind. The seating position is high and dry and comfortable. The 14 has more leg room than the 12. At 6' and 32" inseam I had the footrests fully extended on the 12 but I have 6-8" more room on the 14. Construction is top notch and great looking. Pictures don't do it justice. The fit and finish is way above any polyethylene boat at any price point.

Overall it's an awesome boat. It's fast AND stable(quite the feat) It's well thought out and nearly perfect. It would be great for fitness or recreational paddlers or fishermen. It's a very well rounded boat. If you want speed but hate tight fitting sit inside kayaks, this is the one for you. It is not a cheap boat by any means in price or quality but you get what you pay for. The thermoform ABS this boat is constructed from is stiff and durable and is much more scratch/scuff resistant than poly boats which scratch and feather very easily.

No boat can be absolutely perfect for the masses since we all have different want and needs but the new Eddyline Caribbean 14 comes close. 10/10

I am a long time Eddyline fan, having had a Nighthawk 175…

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I am a long time Eddyline fan, having had a Nighthawk 175 Modulus for about 9 years. Recently one of my friends bought a Caribbean 14, Eddyline's newest SOT made of their proven Carbonlite 2000. I had a chance to try it and think they have a big winner here... with one possible design issue that may need rethinking.

First: Carbonlite 2000. The boat is light and stiff with that well made composite boat look. The top deck, always a SOT concern, was solidly rigid due to its geometry and construction detail, showing almost none of the flex apparent in even heavily built poly SOTs. It is thoughtfully outfitted with bungees, functional hatches and retractable carry handles. The hull is hollow throughout its length, like most SOTs. There are no bulkheads between access hatches so don't count on anything remaining dry just because it is in the boat unless you use their accessory front hatch bucket, and even then. I suspect this boat will remain fairly dry inside, but water always finds a way into through hull fittings. A stern drain plug takes care of whatever gets in.

The seat is, without question, one of the most comfortable and functional SOT seats I have ever tried. It is light and strong, gives solid wrap around back support, yet does not interfere with proper torso rotation. It is plenty wide, positioned so it is easy to enter and exit. The innovative clip, straps and deck eye system make it quick and easy to attach/remove or adjust for tension, without a lot of clumsy supporting structure. The back itself is notably stiff, no flimsy material prone to collapsing or shifting while in use. The slightly raised seat deck area provides a drier ride without unduly affecting center of gravity. The paddle holder system is clever and functional as is the tackle box (or lunch dry bag) holder.

Although seemingly designed and marketed as more of a fishing kayak, my evaluation was as a general recreational/sea kayak. Many folks likely to buy one will use it that way. Why a SOT? For their own individual reasons, many prefer a SOT to a SINK. I paddled the boat on Chesapeake Bay, wind ~6-8 kts, waves about 1 ft up to 2 ft across sand bars and tide current.

The hull resembles a quasi cathedral design, but with a finer entry and stern and a strong, stiff center line with rounded chines. It positively *looks* stable, and delivers. I was a little concerned about secondary stability while trying leans in calm water; "fishing" SOTs often have a problem here. But once I had it in 1-1.5 foot waves it proved its mettle. Into quartering waves, with following seas, and darting through troughs with waves abeam demonstrated that the boat had predictable and responsive secondary stability. I was impressed.

The Caribbean 14 shows surprising quickness in acceleration, easy to maintain speed and it tracks straight even without a rudder. It did not show a tendency to weathercock. It sustains a good glide. What all that translates into is more efficient paddling requiring less effort and correction strokes. Moreover, it did not have a tendency to "plow" when turning like many shorter SOTs but handled turns well, although learning to edge it takes some getting used to if you paddle standard sea kayaks. No problems here. It was easy to rudder with the kayak paddle when surfing in for beach landings; again the seat back design was an asset. Bow draws and stern pries were responsive and predictable, a properly executed sweep would spin the boat easily. Good design job, Eddyline.

I thought lacking thigh strap attachment points was an oversight by Eddyline, but it didn't seem important in milder conditions or for normal surf launches. I look forward to trying the boat in larger quartering/abeam waves and surf soon to see if it remains an issue. A slight shifting of seat force often proved adequate for edge control. Resting your knees on the gunwales helped too. And therein is one of the design issues I had...

The foot/leg wells on this boat are crazy narrow. I don’t think unless you have the skinniest of bird legs will you be able to keep your knees down comfortably. Forget any hope of using the accessory center console cover. If you have a large leg calf, this area was not well thought out. The foot braces, an excellent general design, take up about 3" total width, space that was already reduced by narrowing the hull from the Caribbean 12. Their locking mechanism projections extend ~into~ the foot/leg well, not down when locked, making it a sawtooth irritant. A simple engineering change could easily fix it and increase leg room. Rather than the current footbrace, a newly designed attachment using the same pads that fits into the top accessory track rails would provide adjustability and extend leg length 2-3". Plus, with no need for the current footbrace system, another 2-3" width in the leg well would open it up and remove that sawtoothed irritant. I can only guess that such an accessory would be cheaper to manufacture and install over the current footbrace too. My friend finds it fine for her, many will likely do so as well. Try it for your fit. I would fabricate something like I mentioned and remove the current one (the boltheads are inside the hull requiring a long reach). I know many kayak fishermen tend to be bigger guys who would likely choose this boat over alternatives. For the record, I am one of those bigger guys at around 6'3" and 275. If this boat is aimed at that market somebody on the design team needs to rethink this.

This is a great boat! I think it will be very successful, not only for those who like to fish but especially for those preferring a SOT for recreational use/light seakayaking fun. Women will especially like its light weight and ease of handling to load/unload on their cars. Most poly SOTs are too heavy to handle comfortably, and no other lightweight SOTs compare for rigidity, stability, performance or build quality of this boat.