OK Trident 15 v. WS Tarpon 16
Posted by: old_user on Dec-18-12 1:23 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I have narrowed my kayak selection to the Ocean Kayak Trident 15 and Wilderness Tarpon 16.
I am looking for a SOT that is fast and can carry a weeks camping gear. Fishing features are a secondary concern, but I don't know of any other, non-angler modeled SOT kayaks that are around 16 feet long.
The Tarpon is 4 inches longer but 16 pounds heavier; Is a heavier boat a stronger built kayak?
The Trident's weight capacity is 500-550lbs, but the Tarpons's capacity is 375lbs; With similar sizes, why is the capacity so different?
Your input would be appreciated.
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What are the widths? The Trident has |
Posted by: string on Dec-18-12 6:59 PM (EST)
to get that capacity from somewhere. Did you do a speed comparison?
How dry do you need your hatches?|
Posted by: FrankNC on Dec-18-12 8:05 PM (EST)
Wilderness systems changed their hatches years ago to hinged hatches that leak really bad. They are no longer ocean ready boats as they were in the past.
The smaller Tarpons|
Posted by: adbass on Dec-19-12 9:36 AM (EST)
live on as the Pescador 10 and 12 by Perception Sport. I believe the Pescador 13 is the same as the Perception Search 13, which is otherwise discontinued. Sadly I don`t believe that there are equivalents (with water tight hatches)available for the old-style Tarpon 140 and 160 or Search 15.
I picked up an OK Trident 13....|
Posted by: coronaboy on Dec-19-12 4:02 PM (EST)
this past August. It's an angler version and I found it on CL. The boat was 2 years old and the owner unfortunately had health problems the month after he bought it. I got it for $400 which is less than 1/2 what he paid for it and he had only used it 5 times. Now I have some pretty good yaks (VAlleys) but I was looking for something to supplement my Scupper Pro TW as it gets really hot in the summers on Lake Erie... I love this boat! No doubt it's a barge compared to some of my other boats, but for just getting out and enjoying one's self, it is hard to beat... It is heavy and that's my only complaint. I don't think one can go wrong buying one of these....
My Tarpon 140 had the new hatches|
Posted by: string on Dec-19-12 9:39 PM (EST)
and I took several waves over the bow with nary a leak.