Prowler 13 vs Prowler 4.5 Elite

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Telecaster
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Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:33 am

Hi

Has anyone paddled both of these models? Is the 4.5 Elite a worthwhile upgrade from the prowler 13?

Thanks

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Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:26 am

Not much difference so if you can afford it go with the Ocean Kayak Trident 4.3 model. Many extra useful features such as side rod holders (flush mount), centre storage unit plus one click easy opening front hatch.
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Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:45 am

Thanks Janet

I already have a prowler 13 which I am happy with, but I have an opportunity to change to the 4.5 (off a mate) for not a lot of extra money. Just wondering if they are any faster with the extra hull length.

I am not concerned about storage, I pack light, and this 4.5 has a railblazer triple setup up front.

It also has a rudder which my prowler 13 lacks.

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Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:44 am

Hi Telecaster - Rob has paddled both and yes the 4.5 faster with the extra hull length. You will benefit from the rudder also for tracking in a straight line when wind blowing you around.
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Telecaster
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Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:18 pm

Cool, thanks for the info, I am trying to sell my P13 to a workmate so hope it all works out.

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Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:43 pm

Haven't paddled the 13, but I do think the 4.5 is a pretty fast kayak. Not that stable when you put my weight on it, but lighter captains seem to be happy with it.
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Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:17 pm

I’ve always thought of the Elite as a tippy yak judging by how many times my old fishing buddy fell out of it, but maybe that was just him!
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Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:37 pm

AndrewRawlingson wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:17 pm
but maybe that was just him!
And me.

Come to think of it, I'm sure some time ago there was a post on here where a few people commented about the 4.5 being "tippy", of course followed by the usual "it's just you" banter.
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:06 am

Hi, my two cents worth, first time out with a 4.5, turtled right near the beach, never done that before in 49 years of paddling, never trusted it again and sold it. :)

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Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:07 am

had a 4.5 for over 12 years now and im a big guy at 125kg. have never felt like it was tippy. in fact i find it very comfortable and very stable hence why ive kept it for so long. ive been out in some rough stuff over the years including swells up to 3m also been out in high winds over 30kph (caught out not heading out in that on purpose) and never have i felt like i was in danger of tipping. As with most things. it takes a while to get used to a new toy.
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:23 am

I had my 2 prowlers for more than 2 years and never got used to it even though I was going out multiple times per week back then.

What I will say though, is that if I'm caught out in bad conditions then the 4.5 is a great kayak to be in. It breaks through waves very well and no amount of wind can stop you from making progress in it. My problem with stability was mostly when not paddling.
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