Ocean Kayak: Prowler Ultra 4.3 - First Pictures - UPDATED

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:56 pm

The following has come from Johnson's:


Please note, as mentioned below there are some changes from the drawing.
It is also possible that there may be some minor variations from these drawings to the final production kayak.


Features retained from Prowler Ultra 4.7

Width
Icebox recess
Rod tube can be fitted, but area made larger to fit 5” hatch or gun bag
Solid handles, front rear and side
Skid plate (modified to reduce drag)


Changes from the Prowler Ultra 4.7

Hull
400 mm shorter
Stream lined side scan transducer scupper (reduce drag)
Hard chines rounded (reduce drag)
Water line increased at tail (increase speed and better tracking)
Transducer will accept hummingbird and lowrance transducer with out modification to transducer.
It is also big enough to fit most popular other brands

Rear tank well
3 scupper for better drainage
Hatch on front wall to access area under seat (primary for batteries to be store at centre of boat, access for running electronics)
Out board mounting point deepened so extra rod holders can be fitted
Moulded in Rod holders behind seat
Recess and saddle in front of rear tank well for holding anchor
Optional live bait tank will fit into this recess (idea stage only)

Seat
Same seat height as in 4.7
Clip in large foam seat pad, negative recess, Velcro and inserted bolt lock into place.
Optional 4inch hatch area in front of seat, (mainly access for fitting electronics), gulp container fits in 2nd recess
Please note, fixed seat back is still in development and testing stage. It is not shown on the drawing but will be on final boat.

Cockpit area
Increased deck angle for quicker drainage
Foot bumps removed and foot track to be used
Paddle holder has been modified to help ease of use. Not shown in drawing
Side rod holders angled out more for better rod position for stationary fishing
Dash board area will have 3 steps at different angle (not shown) will allow up to 13 rod holder configurations
Latest dash board configuration not shown in drawing, the flat area now extends across the foot wells to allow more area for mounting accessories.
Access hole to transducer nut made bigger
Foot track recessed lower 5mm, so foot track does not protrude
Foot track recess allows foot tracks to be moved 50mm forward or back), will accommodate anglers 5” to 7”
Please note foot well Scupper holes are not as shown in the drawing, they are back in the front end of the foot wells
Click seal front Hatch
Cut out in centre hatch for larger hummingbird sounders
More flare leading up to cockpit

Center well
Perfectly matched to new ultra center hatch
21% more volume
5inch hatch will fit on front or rear wall
Recess for larger sounders
Angle of bottom has been changed so that foam can be locked between it and the hull
Rear wall angle change to make rod tube fit easier,
Square recess has been modified to fit standard fuse switch panel for running sounders, vhf, lights, bait pump, etc ( standard size panel, available from all chandlery shops)

Over all
Locked recessed deck fitting recess, (so the rdf do not spin)
Flare on cockpit lip to deflect water
Recess for gps antenna
Rear areas for flag holder
projected weight of 27kg complete max

I imagine this will be enough to generate some interest and some questions

I would like to thank all the members of the kayaking community who provided feed back and fresh ideas to make this happen.

Thanks
Regan Ashton
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And now for the pictures... ;)

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:03 pm

Looks very interesting..is that seat similar to the catch 420 style?

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:09 pm

Another bit im curious about is where does the water drain from when you get a wave into the seated area... I see scuppers up past your feet but cant see others?

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:13 pm

Yea not easy to see with the seat fitted but there are two more under the seat too ;)
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:15 pm

To be honest, I can not see anything that I dont like, except I still think an integrated FF shield would be worth while. 27kgs for a boat with the amount of extra's it has got and for the length that it is is great.

Would like to know:
a) Release date
b) Price


I'll take 2 please, where and when to pick up? :P

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:18 pm

Looks like what alot of people have been askin for, a lightweight "mini ultra" :y:
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:24 pm

The seat base has scuppers. There are small holes in the seat pad and clearance for water to drain arround the pad
the foam pad clips in to a recess and is held place by velcro and locking bolts.

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:25 pm

Looks pretty dam good :y:
Would love to trial one of these and a profish 400 side by side :?: :^)

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:32 pm

Oh where and when... I almost forgot :)

May 12, 2011 at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

KFNZ (i.e. me) will be there on launch day at the Ocean Kayak stand so I'll be uploading photos etc live from the show :y: If you are at the show stop in and say hello ;)
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:01 pm

Mental wrote:Oh where and when... I almost forgot :)

May 12, 2011 at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

KFNZ (i.e. me) will be there on launch day at the Ocean Kayak stand so I'll be uploading photos etc live from the show :y: If you are at the show stop in and say hello ;)
Guess we'll be seeing you at the boat show 8)

Many thanks for putting up the images and info Mental & Kayakmaker and dealing with all the nagging on the forums members like me :y:


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Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:38 pm

Any idea as to price?

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:39 pm

Mental wrote:Oh where and when... I almost forgot :)

May 12, 2011 at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

KFNZ (i.e. me) will be there on launch day at the Ocean Kayak stand so I'll be uploading photos etc live from the show :y: If you are at the show stop in and say hello ;)
Is that available for sale from that date?

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:13 pm

Now that pushes a lot of my buttons :y:

Hard to tell from the CAD, but those gunwale rodholder mouldings look like they could be possible knuckle-rippers - Might have been better to keep the exterior lines constant and had a slight intrusion into the cockpit area. That's pretty much the only 'no' box I can think of ticking, which means I might have to start saving :lol:

Is there room in the mouldings for the two external rodholders to rotate a wee bit more outboard, for them that drag plastic for fast pelagics?

Would be most cool if the plastic would take the glossy colour of the CAD 8)

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:23 pm

Hld I'm pretty sure those rod holders are in the same place ( just slightly twisted to chnge he angle) as the ultra 4.7 ones.
They are not a problem on knuckles if so.
Yea loving the metallic / glossy look of the cad drawing too ;)
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:28 pm

kayak chris wrote:Hld I'm pretty sure those rod holders are in the same place [...] as the ultra 4.7 ones.
Perfect, I can cross that 'no' off the list, which seems to leave me with nothing but "Yes, Please" 's :y:

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:28 pm

Nice 8) ... :tmi:

How wide is the well (internal) and the overall width of the well lid?
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:00 pm

Looks good !!..be nice to see one in the flesh ( or plastic as the case may be ) :y: :y:
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:03 pm

..one thing, I thought I read somewhere that the seat had some sort of adjustment in it ???...How does that work ??
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Looks like the ideal fishing yak to me. :y:
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Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:18 pm

Hainesy wrote:..one thing, I thought I read somewhere that the seat had some sort of adjustment in it ???...How does that work ??
Like this (This is the deluxe seat 8) )
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I think the adjustment must be similar to a back band as found in SiKs, as the seat pad appears to be fixed
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