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Submitted: 10-29-2003 by socrates
My review will be from a yakfishin perspective. Here in S. Florida we deal with wide variety of conditions from ocean surf, trecherous inlets, strong currents, bridges, narrow mangrove channels, choppy bays, rivers, you name it. So you need an all around kayak - you can make no better choice than the ProTW. At 14'9" and just 26 in. it is quite fast. Good primary and excellent secondary stability. Minimal hull slap. Great well, right behind the seat. Nice deep and stable seating, good drainage. Perfect cockpit layout with a center channel and cup, er lure, holder, plenty of nice deckspace to add things. Good rocker so it's the best in bad conditions, turns exceptionally well for a close to 15 ft. yak. Lots of complex curves so no oilcanning, simply won't deform, period. Strong company you can count on. And lots of good used ones that you can buy right and you'll never lose a penny. This yak simply outfishes anything in it's longer class, has the speed to go the distance. Easy to sit sideways for drifting. As far as rudders go, forget it, you won't need one. I do recommend the Ocean Kayak assymetrical large paddle with fiberglass shaft, esp. as you'll need to sprint to bait busts, and for quicker maneuvreing in chop. Consider a 220 if you are of average size, esp. considering it's 26 in width. I use the std. yellow backrest, about $30, you can cinch it up nice and tight; the Pro has such a nice rounded butt shaped seat you'll stay more than comfortable without a butt pad. Take comfort in knowing that the ProTW has neen a leading yakfishin choice for some years. You can't go wrong. I got mine quite by accident and have come to appreciate it over many days and hours, often spending 20 to 30 hrs a week in it. Great yak, you won't be sorry.
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