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Submitted: 01-27-2005 by Paladin
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.