Submitted: 01-05-2000 by Salty
My Scupper Pro Tankwell sit-on-top is without a doubt the best kayaking and fishing craft on the market. This kayak does everything exceptionally well. It is very stable for fishing, you can sit sideways with feet in the water, get in and out in shallow water to wade fish. There is lots of under-deck storage inside the large front hatch...and best of all, the tank well can be used in multiple ways (you are limited only by your imagination). I use the tank well to carry fresh caught fish (water flowing in and out preserves the fish), a collapsible cooler can be carried in the well (for ice, food, drinks, fish, etc.), camping equipment can be carried in a plastic storage crate attached above the well with marine bungies, a scuba diving tank fits in the well, a large water supply can be carried in the well for long camping trips (in a hard sided cooler), etc. The items you need to access while on the water are best carried in the cockpit or tankwell, while many other items can be carried in a dry bag in the large front hatch, including a spare paddle.
This kayak is in all probability the most versatile designed to date. It tracks well enough that you don't even need to bother with adding a rudder, it glides very nicely, it rides the waves well, and with the four cockpit scupper holes plugged...is a dry ride.
In addition, this kayak is a relatively safe way for a novice to get into kayaking. And, it's not just for beginners, as it is being used by the experts for extreme kayak fishing, long distance inshore and coastal touring, extended camping trips to offshore islands, diving, etc. Many of the folks who are using it to the extremes are posting their experiences on [www.kayakfishing.com], including myself...SaltyDog/Clearwater posting on the Florida BB.