Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Review

January 19, 2017
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Quick Reference ⇛
At 13’ 6” in length and 29 ½” in width, this kayak starts to approach the performance of a true touring kayak as opposed to that of a fishing kayak.

Specifications

Length: 13′ 6″ Width: 29 ½” Weight: 67 lbs. Type: Sit-on-top Capacity: 475 lbs. Rigged For Fishing: Yes Propulsion: Paddle MSRP: $1, 099

Pros

With a hull length of 13’ 6” and a beam of only 29 ½ inches, the Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Angler is an exceptionally fast fishing kayak that is perfect for those who prefer speed over maneuverability.

Also, with a weight of 67 pounds, it manages to be more in line with what a fishing kayak should weigh and thus, it is within the capability of the average angler to load and unload the kayak from a vehicle unassisted although smaller anglers may need some assistance.

In addition, while it is far from fancy, the seat is adequate for the job and the adjustable foot braces allow it to accommodate different sized paddlers.

Also, although it is limited, there is standing room molded into the bilge and the center console both provides a place to store your rods and a place to mount your fishing electronics.

Plus, it does include a pair of paddle keepers and there is dry storage space in the bow. Last, it is available either with or without a rudder system.

Cons

With a hull length of 13’ 6”, some anglers will likely find this kayak to be less maneuverable than they would prefer.

Also, with a beam of only 29 ½”, some anglers will definitely feel that this kayak is not stable enough to suite them.

In addition, with a weight of 67 lbs. some anglers might find it a bit difficult to load and unload unassisted.

Furthermore, the seat is a bit Spartan by the standards established on the Jackson Kayaks Cuda 12 and the Old Town Predator 13 and the cockpit outfitting is meager except for that which is molded in to the center console hatch and the two flush mounted rod holders aft of the cockpit.

Furthermore, it lacks a stand-assist strap and, last but not least, there is no anchor trolley. But, at least that is easily remedied if you are inclined to do so.

This is another one of those fishing kayaks that I happen to really like but, also have a small issue with. Therefore, it is perfect for reaching those distant locations where a fast kayak is needed to cover the intervening miles between you and your quarry. Also, it is a wet dream when attempting to punch through a line of breakers off of the beach but, it can also be a bit tippy for in rough water if you are not an experienced paddler.

However, for those of you who also own sea kayaks, I suspect that you would like this craft as well. Also, although it features a standard molded seat with Ocean Kayak’s Comfort Hybrid seat back which has a tall backrest with a lumbar support instead of one of the more advanced, rigid-framed, seats found on the Jackson Kayaks Cuda 12 or the Old Town Predator 13, it is nonetheless a comfortable place to plant your rear posterior for a day of fishing and it features an adjustable Support Track Foot Brace System so that you can adjust the height of your knees according to your personal preference.

Source: www.kayakouch.com
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