Submitted: 08-01-2006 by Dmitri
I own a prowler 15 which is used mostly by my girlfriend or mother.I bought it second hand and got a good deal and still happy with what i got for the money,for it's intended purpose the boat is great.
The GOOD: it's practically un-tippable-in flat water i can stand up and paddle, we had it out in 4-5 ft choppy swell and it always felt 'stable like a raft'. It's pretty quick in flat water-slower than my Elaho but not by a big margin. The hatch opening is very large. It's weight capacity really is enormous, it will probably take 500+lbs to sink it but i wouldnt paddle it with over 325. Probably it's best feature of all is the comfort, your butt is significantly higher than your feet,making it extra easy on your back.
Now, the BAD: It's only 57 lbs,but in reality its a VERY awkward boat to carry solo,the trick i found recently is to run a strap through the footwell scupper holes and hold the boat by it and the seat strap. if carrying with 2 people, the wide tugboat-like stern always hits my legs. one word here-CART. for comparison, i don't have any problems carrying and car topping a normal plastic 16-17 footer for a block,with the rest of the day gear if need be.
The plastic is thin and flexible and warps easy. I don't think it's as well made as the old Scupper Pro was. The scupper holes look like they'd catch and wear if someone has the nasty habbit of dragging their kayak over rocks or pavement. The main hatch really is downright stupid. The ridiculously deep recess eats up a lot of potential space,and the seal leaks some,i think at the seam. A normal neoprene+hard cover system would be a huge improvement. While it's pretty fast in flat water, it's a SLUG in chop.
Final Verdict: It's the perfect kayak for a non-kayaker who likes flatwater speed and occasional camping and exceptional stability. if you can find one for a good price. If not i'd look long and hard at the Tarpons(but theyre not exactly perfect either).