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Topic: Eddyline Carribean (AKA Calypso) Rigging and Performance Review  (Read 5088 times)

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I bought the Eddyline Carribean to fish the central coast where some of the portages are long and my bad back was telling to get a lighter boat.  :smt005 My rigging strategy was to keep the fixed hull weight to a minimum so the fish finder, compass and GPS are removable. I installed 2 scotty flush mounts behind the seat and a base for the deck compass but that was pretty much it. My plano box has 5 rod holders so can carry 5 rods easily and fish 4 simultaneously. For surf launch, the Fishfinder, GPS and compass are in the plano box, tackle in the day hatch and rods in the hull.

I have been salmon trolling in snot conditions in Monterey and a ghost hunt in Capitola and will say it is hard to believe it is a 12' kayak. Cruises easily at about 3.8 MPH and if you push it 4.5 MPH. Haven't had problems keeping up with my buddies. Really quick acceleration and tracks well without a rudder. Really paddles over kelp well with little friction.
At 45 pounds, it feels crazy light. Pretty easy to shoulder carry with the awesome graphite handle. The construction and design are the best I have seen. The thermoform construction will not take a loaded impact like a rotomolded kayak but they are easy to repair. Because we launch through rock gardens frequently I am sure I will crack the hull at some point but not worried as long as it is on the way in.  :smt005 Really a sweet little boat but probably not for someone over 6' tall. Check it out.

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does it have two graphite mid-hull handles? 
I'd like that, easier to military press the boat into a car top cradle.

thx for writing and sharing the review scott


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Yep 2 graphite handles. They make paddles and use the shaft to make the handles.
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I've been waiting to see pics of the new ride. I yearn for something lighter every time I have to muscle the tarpon back to the car.

Thanks for the pics Scott!
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I've been waiting to see pics of the new ride. I yearn for something lighter every time I have to muscle the tarpon back to the car.

Thanks for the pics Scott!

Same here.  I love my Tarpon 140 (my first and only kayak), but the weight and the knuckle crushing handles are my only drawbacks.  Light and efficient gets you on the water more and happier at the end of the day.  Nice Kayak Scott. 


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Really a sweet little boat but probably not for someone over 6' tall. Check it out.

Scott

Scott, I see you have your pegs extended out all the way. Give me a call and I can tell explain a mod that will give you another two inches of leg length on those pedals. I had to do it on mine because I'm 6'2". Thanks for the awesome review, and I'm soooo pleased you love your kayak. Can I share some of your photos with Eddyline?
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Thanks for the review, sounds like a great addition to any fleet, does the hull material contribute to a better glide OTW.  Back when I had a jet boat I learned a bit about hull design and have always thought that the structure and texture of the polyethylene hulls most of us have (along with the scratches) must create allot of mostly un-noticeable but nevertheless real drag.


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Really a sweet little boat but probably not for someone over 6' tall. Check it out.

Scott
Can I share some of your photos with Eddyline?

Dan -

Thanks for such a fine kayak. Yes you can share the photos with Eddyline. What a great company and really nice people. I will be posting more pics in the next week or 2 and will have it PIF if anyone wants to test drive it.

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Thanks for the review, sounds like a great addition to any fleet, does the hull material contribute to a better glide OTW.  Back when I had a jet boat I learned a bit about hull design and have always thought that the structure and texture of the polyethylene hulls most of us have (along with the scratches) must create allot of mostly un-noticeable but nevertheless real drag.

Dale -

I don't know much about hull design but it's performance over kelp is probably a combination of hull shape, hull material and kayak weight. The bottom has a prominent ridge from the keel to the bow which helps with tracking but may also help on kelp. Overall, a really well thought out and advanced hull design.  Polyethylene hulls flex when loaded which probably creates more resistance on kelp. The thermoform plastic laminate really performs like a fiberglass kayak with little hull flex. I went to a seminar by the Eddyline rep and he said that scratches on the bottom of the hull increases speed because it decreases water surface tension. That might explain why my P15 was so fast.  :smt044 Will post some pics of the hull.

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Scott,

Thanks for the feed back. I actually used to run interface surface tension tests at work and I can agree that the scratches would reduce it.  It still seems counter intuitive that something with scrathes in it would move thru the water easier than something smoother, but once explained I'll go with it.  Hull rigidity ought to make a positive difference.

Thanks again for the report,


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Nice looking new ride you have there Scott. I'd like to take it for a spin next time I see you. I planned on using my new Tetra 12' for the PIF. Of course weather permitting.

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Nice looking kayak.
How is the material for mounting hardware. Does it drill well,etc..? 
I am interested in a boat that light and your review sounds very good.
I am 5' 10" and 170lbs and travel pretty light so should be under boats capacity anyway?

Chris   :smt006


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Thanks for the great review Scott!  I myself has been thinking of a lighter and shorter kayak that I can easily put inside my avalanche.  I'm looking forward to test drive yours at the PIF. 

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Excellent review Scott.  I've always been interested in thermoplastic as an alternative to rotomolded polyethylene.

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One of the cool things I forgot to mention is that it is a really dry ride and has only 4 scupper holes. The seat area has a drain which has tubing which drains into the forward scupper holes. How cool is that?
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