04-03-2013Submitted by: Darrell
Reviews for Prowler 13 Angler Kayak by Ocean Kayak
Based On: 38 Reviews
- Rating: 10 of 10 I am so Pleased with this kayak ! took it out for the first time this past Saturday. HOLY CRAP is this yak a breeze to paddle bought at West Marine for 549.00 wow I knew that would get your attention!!! For you guys and gals in Daytona Beach, Florida go see ryan at west marine to hook you up while they last. I'm only saying because I went to Dicks Sports and for same yak they wanted 750 and no price match. I can't say enough about this kayak
02-24-2013Submitted by: BMT
- Rating: 10 of 10 My first real fishing yak was a Prolwer 13 and I really learned to yak fish and paddle in that craft. Fast forward about fifteen years and I have owned and fished over a dozen different yaks which all enjoy considerable popularity today. All of them did at least one thing very well and several of them did several things fairly well. None of them really met my expectations. I more recently acquired another Prolwer 13 that had been hiding in a warehouse for some years: Rigged it up and went fishing.
The original Prowler 13 is one of the very best fishing kayaks ever designed and manufactured. It does not have a sexy cockpit or lawn chair seat like some of the new fishing yaks nor does it have all the whistles and bells that come with some of the newer fishing yaks. But the ancient Prowler 13 will take it's owner through the roughest of waters and storms in complete safety and not require exhaustive paddling. It is extremely stable, reasonably brisk speed though not a touring yak, and it turns quite well even into the wind.
Having spent more money than I care to admit in search of the perfect fishing yak only to be disappointed time and again, I can say without hesitation that the original Prowler 13 is one of the best fishing yaks ever made. And you can still find them for about half of the price of the so-called new and improved fishing yaks. In addition, the Prowler 13 is much lighter than nearly all of the newly designed fishing yaks. Said another way, when I am paddling my ancient Prowler 13 I feel as if I have come home after a long and misguided journey.
09-24-2012Submitted by: MPW
- Rating: 10 of 10 Awesome kayak. Bought this boat second hand after being disappointed by the performance of my sit in kayak. The P13 is very stable and whilst not intended to be a racing kayak it kept up with my friends lighter boats. For those that like paddling rivers it is very easy to get into and out of without having to look for flat shoreline. Try one, you might like it.
07-20-2012Submitted by: jerry lushman
- Rating: 9 of 10 I bought mine on the west coast of Canada and I now have it on the east coast. I luv it, it will handle almost anything you can throw at it, really stable. I think its safer than a regular yak. Havent come close to overturning even in heavy seas. The only complaint I have is the weight when trying to cartop it, but the pros more than make up for it, I'm thinking of getting a two seater now so i can take the kids along, luv it!
08-03-2011Submitted by: Ronaultmtd
- Rating: 9 of 10 I bought the Prowler 13 angler in March on sale- it is my first SOT kayak- I bought it based on lots of research. It felt tippy at first but once you got seated and started paddling you feel very secure and stable- I had it out in fresh water lakes at first- it is a wet ride and I wore waders to stay dry, but then I expected water inside the cockpit with scuppers open-
I had no experience with kayaks- this is my first- I am 65 years old and 6 foot tall 250 pounds- I did not know what to expect so I'll just tell you my observations- the prowler is an all around fishing kayak that does everything good but nothing best- it is like a Swiss Army knife- the Hobie Revo's and PA are the rage with my fishing buddies, but I have had four knee operations and peddling hurts my knees so I am happy with my Prowler- it handles rough water in the Chesapeake Bay and works well in the creeks and rivers-
I have never turtled the Prowler and the more I fish from it the more stable I feel- it isn't as fast as some but isn't slow as others- the hull cuts through swells and boat wakes with ease- I think I made the right choice as I wanted an all around kayak that can do everything- I would have given a 10 if the seat were more comfortable but my butt gets sore after about four hours of fishing-
07-27-2010Submitted by: mudpuppy75
- Rating: 8 of 10 I purchased my 2006 Prowler 13 angler used in 2008. Since then, I've had the boat in just about every kind of water: slow rivers, lakes, whitewater, and ocean surf. I really like this boat. It is very stable, tracks well, and also turns easily.
Speed: At 13'4", I can outpace just about any rec kayak, including a paddling buddy's Pungo 120. When kayaking with friends in their 14 ft touring boats, I can keep pace, but I do work harder. However, in a sprint, the Prowler plows water quickly, and touring boats pull away easily. It is quick enough, but not fast.
Tracking/Maneuverability: Small streams have never been a problem, and I don't see the point of a rudder except under very demanding conditions.
Stability: I've had this boat in ocean surf and whitewater up to class III. It handles Class I-II with absolutely no problems. It is maneuverable enough to be a decent river runner, but it isn't a whitewater boat. In class III without thigh straps, I got dumped in a hurry. With them, you can surf it. However, the length makes all of this challenging. In normal conditions like handling larger boat wake, punching through surf, or river running, you won't get dumped unless you're just not paying attention. The Prowler is rock solid.
Capacity: One reason I bought the Prowler was capacity. Iím about 6'2", and at the time of purchase, I was 310 lbs. My weight made it a wet ride with the foot wells and seat being almost completely full with water. Now I'm 225, and the ride is much drier. Without scupper plugs, there is about an inch of water in the foot wells. Now, my 6 year old daughter will ride in the tankwell with no problems whatsoever.
Convenience: People tend to either love or hate SOT's. To me, you can't beat the ease of use. On a hot day, the ability to take a quick swim and climb back on is a real plus. If you do capsize, just flip it over and get back on. No problem.
Dislike: The 6" screw-in hatch is a PAIN. It has always been difficult to open and close, and now something appears to be warped, and I can't get the thing on at all. I'm replacing the hatch with a twist lock style hatch. Also, my boat has holes in two of the scuppers. A little Lexel caulk took care of it, but it does make me wonder a little about OK's build quality. Also, the angler addition is heavy, about 60 lbs. However, one person can car top it.
Bottom line: You can do a little of everything very easily with this boat, but don't expect to win any races. The Prowler 13 is a great all around kayak. I sometimes think about selling it to get a faster touring SINK, but then I think about the versatility that I'd be giving up, and I always decide to keep it.
07-21-2010Submitted by: rolff
- Rating: 10 of 10 I have owned, paddled and fished many sit on top yaks for the last decade. The P13 was my first yak and the only one I have not either traded or sold. The newer yaks designed primarily for fishing have better designed cockpits for fishing gear and such, and many make the P13 look downright ancient by comparison. However, I am yet to paddle a yak that provides the security on open water become very rough that is a characteristic of the old P13.
Get caught in horrible chop and wind and the P13 will bring you home with confidence every time. It has the best secondary stability of any yak I have had experience with and it is tough as nails. I stuffed swimming pool noodles in the gunnels just for added security, but I have yet to get a drop of water in the hull even after horrid weather conditions. Primary stability is also excellent as well. Unless you are out in seas with strong currents, you do not need a rudder to go where you want to go, and the P13 will glide almost forever it seems. I fish the bays of Southwest Louisiana where there is heavy tugboat and barge traffic accompanied by considerable waves and wakes. The P13 handles them as if they were not really there in the first place.
A number of yak fishing colleagues who own far sexier and more recently designed yaks have often sold their modern yaks and purchased a P13 after giving my old P13 a test paddle. I am 63, 200 pounds, fit and love to yak fish: I have a Prowler Big Game which I like as well, but the P13 is easier for me to load by myself. Save for paddling in horrible sea conditions, the P13 is not truly great at any one thing, but it does almost everything else quite well indeed.
The purpose of this very latent P13 review is to share my experience and conclusions with the rapidly growing body of men and women interested in yak fishing, particularly saltwater yak fishing. Install a high end comfortable seat and the P13 is very hard to beat for safety, endurance and price. It will not disappoint.
07-08-2010Submitted by: be
- Rating: 10 of 10 Love this boat. Works with you rather than against you in the wind and current. Stability allows sitting sideways on the boat to cast if you want and standing is definitely a possibility (if practiced). Tracks great, and portages without a cart are possible (not necessarily fun, but possible). Molded foot wells contribute to overall boat strength. I highly recommend.
06-15-2010Submitted by: C
- Rating: 10 of 10 Well, I've finally decided to write a review on how the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 performs in strong winds and choppy seas.
If you're considering a Prowler 13 against other SOTs, I just took my Prowler 13 out this morning to test it specifically against a force 6 wind (and gusting) and a moderate tide, with the wind and tide coming from around 10 o'clock in relation to the kayak.
I've had the Prowler 13 for two years now and alternate it with a composite Valley Nordkapp LV sea kayak, using it mainly for journeying when I get the chance.
Here's how this mini test panned out:
Over a 2.65 mile leg against the tide (not strong), across a hellish choppy and relentlessly windy open stretch of sea, the Prowler made 3 miles per hour. I don't have a rudder, but despite the wind hammering the kayak from an angle, very little correction was needed to keep it on course. The bow cuts through the water with negligible "slap", casting spray aside. Very smooth in fact. Waves coming "broad side" are wet... I wear a wetsuit in this kind of weather.
I pootled about a bit, in and around the local harbour etc taking in the sights, which added a couple more miles, then timed myself back on the 4.2 mile return leg, with the wind and moderate tide on the stern quarter (about 4 o'clock in relation to the kayak). On this course I used a lot of right hand paddle to counteract the slight broaching effect of following waves and wind on a moderate angle. This was good fun, with waves sluicing around, under and over the kayak, and the prowler made its usual "fair weather" progress of 5 miles an hour back in the bay where I started.
And that's it.
Hopefully the above has addressed some questions you might have about the Prowler 13's performance when it starts to get a bit "naughty". It feels very stable and maneuvers amazingly nimbly in this wind strength, tracking very well without a rudder... considering; rewarding a relaxed approach.
In normal conditions, you can paddle the Prowler at 4 Ė5 miles an hour all day with no need for a rudder. It also maneuvers easily in rockpools and tight spaces, and is a reasonable weight to load on the car single handed... I'm average build.
Compared to the Nordkapp LV, the Prowler 13 is slower as you might expect, being an entirely different kayak, with a little more effort needed to maintain "cruising" speed, but not by much, and easily puts in 20 Ė 30 mile days. I can't see a longer SOT, such as the Tarpon 160i being much faster. I'm going to try one in the future some time to see though... and a Prowler 4.5 Elite.
With great performance, load capacity, fitness for purpose, price, build quality and all round SOT convenience, the Prowler 13 is in my view, a very capable kayak, that gets you out there, and lets you hop on and off... coves, etc... with ease. A design classic.
09-30-2009Submitted by: MH
I bet it's good for fishing from as well.
- Rating: 10 of 10 I've had an opportunity to rent several different SOT yaks for ocean recreation off Pacific Coast in Santa Barbara past two years. Ocean Kayak stood out as a superior quality product. When I decided to buy my criteria were focused upon speed and stability. All SOT's are pretty slow so yet I didnít want to experience buyer's remorse from choosing stability over speed. Like most folks I didnít want to struggle with transportation so something under 15 feet and 60 pounds made the most sense. I settled in on a Prowler 13 Angler. This model doesn't perform best for any one task which is why I love it. I'm in this for exercise, fishing and just enjoy being out on the water. I didn't want to feel overly compromised with any one thing and I don't plan on buying more than one yak.
If you have a single purpose need in a yak this model isn't for you. If you believe it's not the tool but the man behind it and like variety a P13A is perfect. My main advice is make sure you have a rudder as even in calm conditions I found it allows me to focus on speed and my surroundings rather than being distracted with constant minor paddling corrections to maintain a straight line.
09-14-2009Submitted by: Flakayaker
- Rating: 9 of 10 I just recently purchased a used prowler 13 and I really like it, it seems to track really well is very stable and has plenty of room for me (6' 185 lbs) all of my gear. I mostly use it in flat water and after reading other reviews i bought some soft golf balls and stuffed them into the scupper holes after realizing just how much water sits in the bottom of the foot wells when they are not used. Now the only water that gets in is from the paddle which is far less than what would be in there without the plugs. Overall a great boat, the only negative thing is that I don't wear shoes so the molded foot wells push against my ankles and it is a little uncomfortable but not bad.
08-10-2009Submitted by: lagloriacubano
- Rating: 10 of 10 Just got mine last week, and love it... I'm a first time kayaker, and took it out and hit the water running...been in pretty good chop in open water, and never felt nervous. I'm 6'2" and 265, and I have just enough room for my legs to be comfy...
- Rating: 10 of 10 I recently got in the OK Prowler 13 after spending, literally, hundreds of hours on Lake Mead, NV. In numerous sit in kayaks trying to fine tune which one was best suited for me. I wasn't sure at first if I could give up my sit-in for a sit-on top. However, after reading probably no less than 125 reviews, and watching you tube ocean kayak videos, as well as renting several sot's, I decided that I was going to give the prowler a shot. Man, am I glad I did.
I do a lot of angling, as well as a lot of long camping and day trips on Lake Mead, and if any of you have ever been there you know it is always, always rough water. The first time I had my Prowler on the water it was during the weekend when the lake is most busy. I had 10-15 mph wind coupled with 2-3ft chop from both boats and wind. Needless to say I was a bit hesitant, being my first time on this particular yak. After about 15 minutes I knew I was in the right boat for me.
The boat handled the chop with no problems, tracked straight and true, in spite of the strong wind. The boat handled all of my gear, and is relatively fast for a shorter kayak. I felt solid on the Prowler, meaning I didn't feel like I was tipping or unstable at anytime.
I can't express enough how this boat is suited as perfectly for a first time kayaker as it would be for the professional kayak angler. I not only use mine for angling, but also multi day trips, the tank well will fit a 55 liter dry bag, full of stuff very easily with room to spare. The front hatch is another story, I put more stuff in there than I could have ever expected.
This kayak is a great all around kayak for multi use. I am 5'11" and weigh 250 and it has sufficient room for me and all my gear. I would recommend this kayak to anyone looking to buy a Sit on top. Ocean Kayak is head and shoulders above the other sot companies, and makes a far superior product.
06-01-2009Submitted by: DR
- Rating: 8 of 10 I'm 6'3" and 240lbs. I rented this boat so my experience is limited but I enjoyed paddling it. It is a great all around boat. It glides along nicely and tracks well. It turns quickly enough and is quite comfortable for my larger size. It feels like a nice GT car compared to some of the barges in the OK line-up.
My only complaint is that it is a little on the heavy side. It is a little tippier than the wider OK boats but it is way, way, more stable than the Scrambler (also 28" beam) If you are a larger guy and are considering a Scrambler, you'd be miles happier in the Prowler for sure.
02-09-2009Submitted by: Jason
- Rating: 10 of 10 I've had my Prowler 13 Angler almost a year. I absolutely love it so I won't heap more praise than what has already been said. Instead, I'll recount my experiences regarding some of the criticism cited for this yak. First, I'm 6'1", 180 lbs and paddle solely in freshwater lakes and streams in Northern Alabama.
One thing I heard with the Prowler was the molded in footwells dig into your calves. I have not experienced this and actually do not think I'd like adjustable footwells because it be awkward to reach down to move them. Second thing you hear is you get wet. It's hot in Alabama so I actually don't mind, but with scupper plugs, you stay dry as a bone. All I do is fish close to where I put in so I don't care about speed and turning radius. I have no frame of reference anyway. But I can tell you the Prowler 13 is a superb fishing platform. I catch more fish (bass mostly) out of my yak in the out-of-the-way creeks and streams than I ever did out of my bass boat.
08-07-2008Submitted by: srv240
- Rating: 8 of 10 Have had the Prowler (paid less than $700 new) about a month and used in fresh water central Fla. streams and in salt for fishing.
1st, it is awkward loading & unloading, I bought some "sticky" gloves to handle it and they made a difference.
04-09-2008Submitted by: Greg
2. In the twisty streams it turns good, not like a 10' but good, fast and accelerates well;
3. rugged over snags & oyster beds.
4. the front well is very hard to access so don't plan on using anything in it while underway.
5. the paddle drip is there but it is a (mostly) dry boat if using the plugs.
6. the most negative: on a three hr trip I abraded patches of skin the size of a silver dollar on both calves where they rubbed against the non-skid surfaces on the foot wells, did not feel any pain at first but that afternoon wow! looking for a way to solve this problem besides wearing knee pads turned around on my calves; any help?
Last, the "bungee cord" paddle keepers are too close to me & slightly behind for me to use them one handed. Sugestions? Oh! get a foam pad for your butt if you are in the seat long. Love the boat and would buy it again.
- Rating: 7 of 10 I bought two boats and one of the primary reasons for purchasing a sit on top was I can only enter off a dock - which negates a traditional boat. The plastic is constantly smashed into the barnacles on dock pilings and has held up well. The boats paddle ok, the stability is top shelf, being a single guy I have taken numerous first time paddlers out on the boats, and the stability pays off.
When I paddle, I do hear the scuppers sucking air and realize it diminishes speed by adding friction. It's a roto-molded design problem. I will say the boats are tuff; I drag them along a wooden dock, use the dock as a boat ramp and am pleased. I paid about 1900 for two boats and two Kevlar paddles. As the other guy said, your feet will stay wet but the paddle itself will soak you from the knees down anyways. I've had them about 3 months and pull them out of the river and have never even rinsed them off. (SALT WATER) as I live in Ft Lauderdale FL, no corrosion and the hulls don't leak in calm water. Will be trying the ocean soon.
Good choice in boat; rugged, carries well and is stable. Fast? NO. Light? No, but maintenance is zero and they can take a beating.
10-08-2007Submitted by: psychofisher
- Rating: 10 of 10 Got a Prowler 13' Angler edition from a friend that has even more kayaks than I do, he had to move & sell half of his fleet, thank you!!
Specs are roughly 13.4 * 28, real weight with seat & tackle box is 61.2 pounds. Awesome boat, very seaworthy, stable & fast yet extremely maneuverable. As any other SOT is a wet ride being a insignificant nuisance to anyone that is into kayaking or kayak fishing.
Hard to understand those folks that write a review & complain about a kayak being wet, doesn't make any sense to me, it won't ever, I do find that kind of reviews a bit annoying since they low rate a product that could be worth for someone like you looking for a kayak (and eventually discarding that model ) cause some "once a month" gets on the water not willing to get wet (??!!), so you go for another model that maybe it wasn't as perfect as the one "once a month" low rated on a review that probably starts with "this is my first kayak, I tried it once in my bathtub...." .....please.
Oh, well, freedom of speech is called.
If you are into fishing from a kayak you might like to consider this model, easy to outfit,
great carrying capacity, comes with flush mounted rod holders, one handy tackle box, cup holder, huge front hatch full of possibilities, well designed tank well, paddle tether & one decent seat making her a "plug & play" ride, safe & fun.
Did some deep water re entry practice finding the Prowler the easier one to get back on,
Had a WS Tarpon 120, have a Perception Aquaterra, two Featherlite 9.5 & 12', have used
my friend's Fish 'n' Dive & his adored OK Drifter.
For a couple of years of experience doing very light touring & hard fishing the Prowler is the safest & easier to use.
Rudder? I wouldn't bother, the more weight you had the more you'll need to hustle car topping.
Rough, windy seas you say? give it to her , she'll take you home safe, you'll remember this review.
The Prowler 13' this yak is as good as it gets.
09-28-2007Submitted by: Rcornwell242
- Rating: 9 of 10 Great recreational/fishing boat. Outfitting is well thought out. I thought it was fast for a 13' boat, and very stable. Performs well on lakes and calm rivers, and I actually did O.K. through some mild rapids (class I & II) on the New river below Bluestone Dam. Heavy water gets kind of pushy on such a long boat, but no flips or rolls. Footwells do get water in them when you sit still, but it self-drains when you are under way. Overall I am very happy with this boat.
08-27-2007Submitted by: pattiwak
- Rating: 10 of 10 After paddling an OK Scrambler for 13yrs., the Prowler 13 was the boat that allowed me to become "detached" from the Scrambler. Have had no problem with leaks, it is fast, floaty, and turns amazingly well for its shape. While it is fitted for a rudder, I doubt that I will ever need one. OK has addressed the tracking problem in its smaller boats with the sharper keel in the P 13. The boat is also lighter at 54lbs than most of its competitors. Amen.
06-22-2007Submitted by: phill m
- Rating: 1 of 10 I got the Prowler 13 Angler edition a few weeks ago. I took it out on calm water for two hours with my daughter, I went to get my stuff from the dry storage when we got back to shore and there was over 1 cm deep of water in the whole kayak.
I was told by ocean kayak to check for a leak where the scupper holes are put together, I saw holes and there were chips on all the scuppers. The tackle box that came with the kayak will not even fit in the spot made for it, they put the fish finder in the wrong spot, all this was after my kayak was shipped wrong in the first place. The kayak place I purchased it from is good enough to take it back and give me a complete refund, I will be getting another make of kayak, not ocean.
05-22-2007Submitted by: CarBait
- Rating: 10 of 10 Had my Prowler 13 for a couple of months now. It's faster than I thought it would be. I haven't figured out the neg mentioned below on the foot wells. They are great and I have no problem with my feet slipping off. Maybe the guy was wearing Flip-Flops or something. A water shoe that fits your feet snug and no problemo. I turn sideways to reach goods in the tank well and I'm not careful at all when doing this, and there is no fear about tipping over... Very Stable for a 28" wide Yak. I don't recommend standing up in any Yak without outriggers "even a 36" wide F&D". You big guys who want a fast and stable Yak should test drive a Prowler 13. That F&D is a tug boat "nice tho if your not in a hurry or going long distance". I do recommend a nice high back seat tho the factory seat is a pain on my buttoxious maximus. I bought mine w/o testing first knowing it was a great Yak.
Anyone looking for a fantastic fishing machine but scared because you can't test first will not be disappointed in the Prowler 13. You may think well I want stability and 28" wide doesn't seem to be wide enough like 32 to 34" wide yaks. Well those wider ones will be a bit slower most likely. My experience with Prowler 13 is it seems a little tippy when you first sit in it and rock solid stability once your weight is on it. Try before you buy everyone usually says, but if no one in your area will let you then take the plunge if you want an awesome Fish'n Yak, this one is not a risk taker.
04-23-2007Submitted by: DP
- Rating: 1 of 10 Bought the Prowler 13 just two weeks ago. Seemed to paddle fine on my first outing. However, when I got back to shore, I noticed that the hatch was half filled with water so I assumed there was a leak. Called the company and I was told to fill the hatch with water and look for a leak around the scupper holes, a problem that has occured "on occasion" where things are glued together. Sure enough, there was a hole there. This was covered under warranty, but I had to return the kayak to the place I bought it (100 miles away) even though there was a dealer right down the road. Sounds like the quality control is poor on this model. Support from the company is also poor.
04-02-2007Submitted by: gary21cp
- Rating: 7 of 10 I took a Prowler 13 down the Guadalupe River in Central Texas, during a fairly high water level that cut about two hours off the normal 6-hour run time. The boat performed well, the storage was great, but it had one big problem for me: the footwells are not substantial enough for my feet. My feet kept flopping off the ridges of the molded-in footwells. This prevented me from getting a good brace for power-stroke paddling, and it also left me with a good deal of lower back discomfort at the end of the run. I think since I couldn't brace my feet very well, my back was taking on most of the strain. I'm persuaded by this experience that adjustable, pedal-style foot braces are better.
03-26-2007Submitted by: michhayes7
- Rating: 10 of 10 a freind got me and my 11 yr old son into kayaking about 3 months ago. we sold our 14ft sail boat to buy the kayaks. mine is the p13, what a great kayak. we loaded the boat down with about #125 of gear and my #233, it did every thing that was asked of it,just a great all around kayak, also, very good to fish out of when fully loaded down. the scupper plugs are the only addition that i will make to the p13. befor you buy, try the p13, you might be glad you did.
10-20-2006Submitted by: David Coffin
- Rating: 8 of 10 After doing a lot of research (including going to two demo days and trying out 10+ kayaks on the water) I decided on a Prowler 13 for my first kayak. I bought it in May and so far, I love it. I use it to fish 90% of the time, and it has plenty of space for all my gear and gadgets. It has a good compromise of speed and stability. I am 6' tall, 185 lbs and I have plenty of capacity for extra stuff, yet the kayak is still pretty quick and I can turn it easily. I recently went on a fishing trip with a friend in a 12' sit-in made by Old Town, and we noticed that at moderate paddling speed, his yak started to produce an annoying wake while mine was still very quiet. Also, at first I felt like the kayak would drift a little while tracking, but after I'd been out in it a few times the problem stopped. Must've been my fault, not the kayak's... I didn't bother getting scupper plugs, and my seat still stays dry. Water does pool at the bottom of the foot rests, but my water sandals are thick enough to keep my feet up out of the water. The hull is very durable, and I've scraped over a couple oyster bars with only some superficial scratches on the hull to show for it. In my experience, I only get hull slap from small, choppy waves - ripples are no problem, and it just floats over bigger swells. Most of the time when I paddle through shallow, muddy water I don't scare away the catfish/sting rays/whatever until they're close enough to touch with my paddle. If it wasn't for the occasional hull slap, I'd give it 9 or 10 stars.
09-13-2006Submitted by: waclarkrn
- Rating: 9 of 10 This is a follow up to my original review. I took the Prowler on vacation in the Adirondacks mountains of New York. Camping, fishing and day trips every day for ten days, I was able to put the boat through it paces, and was very happy with the results. The water in the boat when at rest that I mentioned in my earlier review is more a problem of perception (You see it there) than performacne. I remained pretty dry as my feet and seat remained above the water in the boat. I encountered some very heaby weather, wind and rain with standing waves, and never felt I was in over my head. Portages were easy, and the yak carried all the gear I needed. I see no need for a rudder for trips, I guess it could be helpful if all you do is fish. Overall, I am very happy with the boat.
09-11-2006Submitted by: JeffMCG
- Rating: 9 of 10 I've had this boat since last May. It's my first sit on top after years with a canoe and sit inside kayaks. All in all this boat performs very well. It's narrow enough I can put my legs over both sides and creep through the flats. I can also sit side saddle just for a change of pace even in deep water without fear of tipping. I am adding foot pegs since the wells are not at quite the right spacing. Ocean has rails and foot pegs that can be attached using the existing holes for the rudder rails. My boat has no rudder and I've not felt the need for one with the types of fishing I do. The front hatch cover is large enough for fishing rods and reels to be placed inside the hull ready to go. The rear gear wells are large enough for a crate and cooler. The small screw lid compartment in front of the seat is a great place for your wallet and keys. I put them in a ziplock bag just in case. The small tackle box in it's holder is a nice touch In all this is an excellent fishing kayak and if foot pegs had come with it I would have rated it a 10.
09-06-2006Submitted by: HellFish
- Rating: 8 of 10 Other reviews praising this yak are plentiful---and correct I'd say after having my P13 out four times on inland lakes, with little or no wind. Read those reviews for the good points.
However, the P13 does suffer hull slap with waves of any size, your behind will fall off after a couple of hours on the standard seat, and although it tracks "on a glide" just fine, the bow sways from side to side with each stroke (even taking various stroke techniques into account). I'm thinking a skeg or rudder would be a useful accessory. I want to go the retractable skeg route if possible, just haven't found one for this boat yet. The rudder adds a bunch of "stuff" at too high a price IMHO, and seems as if it might complicate the standard arrangement for foot placement (that is, anyplace you like). Others who have the rudder can weigh in on this.
Oh--while this boat is not excessively heavy, it is a bit awkward for one person to handle when loading/unloading (aren't they all?) I have a sit-in yak that weights just a couple of lbs less, and it too can be a handfull when I move it around alone.
Lastly, I'd recommend the scupper drain plugs for calm water. I weight 195 lbs, and when I pull the plugs out while on the water, water comes into the boat. With ocean waves, I suppose the plugs would actually hold water in the boat, but on calm water they will help keep you dry (dryer actually--as my feet always end up wet from entry/exit and paddle drips). If you buy the plugs, realize that the newer boats take 2 small, 2 medium, and 2 large plugs (you can confirm this at the OK website)
So, would I buy this boat again if I had it to do all over again? You bet---especially if I was big into fishing, or needed to carry a bunch of gear.
07-19-2006Submitted by: waclarkrn
- Rating: 9 of 10 Took the boat out in the Raritan Bay off of Staten Island NY and in some freshwater lakes. I am happy with the yak, however the ride is wet(water in the foot wells), especially when not moving (read fishing). The tracking and seconday stablity are great. Primary stability is good but you need to pay attention to any sizable waves coming your way. Speed is good. I was a little concerned about how easily I was able to intentionally flip the boat when practicing self rescue, but so far I have had no unplanned swims despite some rough water outings in the bay. I will update this review as I get more time in the boat. So far so good.
05-30-2006Submitted by: Jaystorm
- Rating: 10 of 10 After paddling a small SINK rec boat for several months, I realized I wanted something more. I need a jack of all trades, something for touring and fishing on flat water, but something small enough to take down small shallow fast moving rivers. I was also very concerned about a boat that would handle my 320 pounds! I had originally considered getting a drifter, but found the prowler, to be more than capable of handling my weight. I found it VERY stable, yet still pretty nimble with a good amount of glide. A great boat!
05-15-2006Submitted by: KayakMike
- Rating: 10 of 10 Purchased a P13 a month or so ago after testing out several kayaks at a demo. The P13 was my final choice, mainly due to the fact that Crystal Murray, who was at the demo, is a fishing guide and regularly uses and highly recommended the P13. I've stalked gators on lakes and rivers (to photograph them) and am impressed with how close I can get to wildlife due to the P13's hull being so quiet. Fished under the bridge at Clearwater Pass and found the P13 to handle the windwaves and current very well. A Coast Gaurd cutter came under the bridge heading out into the Gulf in a hurry and sent some 3' wake waves my way. The P13 handled them very well, much to my relief. My P13's rigged for fishing and I'm very happy with the layout and rigging. Would highly recommend the P13 for both recreational and fishing uses. Very good design.
08-17-2005Submitted by: CoosaRiverCat
- Rating: 10 of 10 I bought the Prowler 13 on the advice of several prowler owners and I am not disappointed at all. I am a big man, 6'1" tall and 270 lbs. I found the Prowler 13 to be stable, fast and maneuverable. My first big river trip was a 12 mile jaunt with several class 1 and 2 rapids .The Prowler handled them with ease, even with a kayak rookie at the helm. I would recommend the Prowler 13 to anyone.
06-22-2005Submitted by: NTP
- Rating: 10 of 10 Really like the P13, it is fast enough for my applications (fishing, beer drinking, and day touring). Very stable, I can stand up on it. It is quiet through the water which I like, I can get close to wildlife along the river where I kayak the most. The boat is also very strong and will take a beating. 13 feet is easy to haul in a pickup truck, 54 pounds easy for anyone to carry. This is my first kayak and I am glad I didn't go with an ďel cheapoĒ model, but I think I got a great deal on the Prowler.
05-10-2005Submitted by: ProwlerMadness
- Rating: 10 of 10 Just got the boat Prowler 13. First test ride on my lake. Got my neighbor to do some fly-bys with his wake board boat, centurion with 500 lbs ballast fill. Letís say itís an extremely stable boat compared to an Otter that I have. Iím 6'2" 250lbs 32 inseam. Letís say I tried to surf his wake. Wild ride but didn't flip, close one though, it was a 4 ft wave. Need the scupper plugged for sure! Will try a gets some today! Love the boat!
02-21-2005Submitted by: WCN
- Rating: 10 of 10 Took my P13 for a test today. Paddled against a light wind to a barrier island off west central Florida. Took small swells with ease and tracked nicely in light winds and sea chop. Impressed with its stability and comfort. For fishing I bought a "milk crate" which fits perfectly in the tank well. I used cable ties to fasten a pole holder to the crate...$5 and I'm set to go fishing. Seat stays nice and dry and I liked being able to stretch my legs. Very happy with the P13.
02-18-2005Submitted by: Chrystal Murray
- Rating: 10 of 10 My name is Chrystal Murray and I am a paddle-fishing guide in west central Florida.
I have been guiding out of a Prowler 13 since October and really like it. There's plenty of space in both the front hatch and tankwell. Both the cockpit and tankwell are the same size in the 13 as in the 15. Both kayaks have the same 450lb. weight capacity too.
Though the 13 only weighs two pounds less than the 15 it is much less mass of boat to lift on and off a vehicle when alone as well as easier to store. The kayak was a wedding gift from my husband. He thought it would be more suitable for me to handle by myself than the 15, and it is!
The 13 is stable enough for me to stand up on without the pontoons though I do use those for drifting the flats on windy days. It is seaworthy offshore as well and I won't hesitate to use it off the beach this season for triple digit tarpon. Both kayaks have an angled bow entry along with the built in skeg which minimizes weather cocking and so track tremendously straight when paddling against the tide coupled with wind from the side.
Because of the additional length of the 15, a charter guest who has never paddled before will always be paddling a little faster in the 15 than me by the end of the day.
BTW, the first fish out of the new kayak was a tarpon. I took that as an omen that it was meant to be mine!
01-27-2005Submitted by: Paladin
- Rating: 9 of 10 As great as the bigger Prowler is, it looks like OK went to school on that one and made some refinements here. While OK is obviously evolving their designs, it's good to see they're retaining rigid, durable hulls and decent hardware. I'm not a fan of the cost-cutter boats. The hull performs well. It's stable and plenty fast for a 13' boat with a 28" beam. Handles the rough stuff near shore with little problem. Easily gets you back in and around the stumps of the backwaters. While it's beamy, the entry is somewhat sharp and hull slap isn't too bad.
The layout is great. You have grab handles fore and aft, as well as on each side. There are paddle holders that let you go hands-free and a deck line, should a lunker yank you over the edge. The forward hatch is of good size. It's a hard cap over a neoprene cap. The inner cap is a tight fit, so you have less to worry about in the heavy stuff. The console consists of a 6" hatch, two cup holders and a tackle box recess with bungee cord. Can't ask for more than that. Even the base model comes with this, plus the seat, which is a bit unusual.
While some brands seem to see how little they can give you, this model strives to see how much. It rides pretty high and dry, especially if you're used to fishing from a Scrambler or other cousin. The aft well is cavernous and has quick release bungee cords. The footwell is long and the seatwell wide, so it takes on all comers.
While it appears to be designed as a fishing rig, I'd say it's retained enough speed to make it a very attractive all-round boat. Someone put some thought into what we like to carry and how, and it's panned out in a great design. Very few boats bring together superb design, materials and quality. This one comes real close. I'm guessing that this will be a very hot boat among those who can tell the difference, so I wouldn't expect to see much discounting.
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