Predator 13 weight
Posted by: editdave1 on Dec-04-13 11:28 PM (EST)
I'm confused. Paddling.net shows the weight of the Old Town Predator 13 at 42 pounds. Austin Kayak says the weight is 72 pounds. And Old Town says the Predator 13 weighs 86 pounds. Anybody out there who knows which, if any, is correct?
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- Predator 13 weight - editdave1 - Dec-04-13 11:28 PM
Well, it isn't 42 pounds. |
Posted by: g2d on Dec-05-13 6:13 PM (EST)
After a while, one gains some walking around common sense about what a particular boat design, in a particular construction material, is going to weigh. A 42 pound weight for that boat would require very expensive composite construction--- carbon and Kevlar.
Somebody screwed up in posting that weight on pnet.
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I don't know which is correct, but...|
Posted by: spiritboat on Dec-05-13 6:19 PM (EST)
I do know, there's no way in hell a fishing SOT like that is going to weigh-in at 42lbs.--Even stripped...So don't get your hopes up. Best guess would be to take it from the horse's mouth(Old Town). Just remember, if you try picking one up a lot, you're gonna have to be a little like "Ahnold" in the original "Pred-a-tor".
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I'd believe Old Town|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-06-13 1:32 AM (EST)
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I'd believe the weight indicated on the Old Town site. I picked up one end of an Old Town fishing SOT at a paddlesport show once. I think it was a 13' Predator model, though it's been a couple years so I can't swear to it. At that time, I didn't know what to expect and thought surely the inside of the boat must be packed with camping gear or something for it to weigh so much, but then I realized that that wasn't possible. It was the heaviest boat of that size I've ever lifted. At that moment I was thankful I already had an aluminum Jon boat for fishing in places where a carry-in boat makes the most sense. My Jon boat has low sides (making it a little lighter than average) and is actually a fair bit lighter and a lot easier to carry than the Predator 13, plus it's four feet wide between the gunwales and the whole interior of the boat is "occupy-able", so there's no one-position seating/fishing and locking the boat in place with two anchors or doing other things that require one to wander around the boat is easy. With just one person on board it rows fairly fast too. I'm not trying to convince you or anyone that a Jon boat is better than a SOT, but I myself haven't come to accept the idea that a cramped, one-person, one-seating-position boat should be so incredibly heavy. If one wants to use a tiny boat for going out on the ocean it's a whole different comparison though.
Update: Okay, I was curious and checked the dimensions of my Jon boat. It's 33" across the floor and 45" between the gunwales. That's smaller than stated above, but still huge compared to the inside of any SOT, so it's saying a lot that it weighs so much less than the Predator 13. How much less? I don't know the exact weight, but it's noticeably easier to carry than my brother's heavy-duty Grumman canoe (17 feet long) that tips the scales at 81# (it seems odd that even such a heavy tandem canoe is a little lighter than the rather tiny Predator 13!).
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