Eddyline is delighted to release the next boat in our Sit on Top series, the Caribbean 14. This sporty kayak retains most of the popular features of the Caribbean 12, with some special additions and options fishermen in particular will be very pleased to see. Two feet longer and one inch narrower will be an aid to those having to cover some distance to their favorite places. The lengthened cockpit and increased capacity will suit larger individuals or simply enable a larger load.
The cockpit features a long tray down the center with an access hatch looking aft in front of the seat. An optional console cover allows the paddler to use the hatch as a rod pod, with the cover protecting the reels and whatever else during surf launching and landing.
There is a platform for Plano box storage at the forward end of the cockpit and, as before, multiple options for mounting rod holders, fish finders, depth gauges, etc… The roomy tank well is configured for a milk crate or 5 gallon pail. Multiple hatches allow access to much of the interior.
The Caribbean 14 is topped off with a comfortable high backed seat, balanced carbon fiber side carry handles, retractable carry handles, paddle holders on both sides, multiple flat spots and tracks for mounting accessories, and a variety of rich colors.
Options include: Center Console Cover, Footwell Traction Pads, Foot controlled Rudder, Flush Mount Fish rod holders
I took the Caribbean 14′ for its maiden voyage in California during the Headwaters trip to Lake Tahoe. Wow, when I opened the box I was really impressed with the well planned layout. The platform for the plano box is a great addition. Not only can it be used used for a plano box it can even be a spot for rigging a fish finder. Another great change to this boat was the retractable carry handles.
One of the first things I noticed on the water was the initial speed of the kayak, noticeably faster then its 12′ brother. The stability of the boat seems to be much great then the 12′ and that is already a stable kayak. I am stoked and can’t wait for mine to come in so that I can start rigging it. In my eyes the Caribbean 14′ is the ultimate lightweight fishing Kayak. The 14′ will allow me to fish any location.
A group of us tested this new kayak today. The 14′ Caribbean might just be the best all around SOT available! I’m 6’3″ 225lb and was able to stand easily even with the 29″ beam. I can’t wait to gear this baby up and put some real time in the seat this weekend! Thank you Eddyline!!!!!!! Chris Parson – The Kayak Fishing Store
I launched the yak for my first foray just before daybreak. The tide had just turned and was incoming, with a lot of push from a storm located a ways off shore. There was a slight onshore breeze as well, maybe 5 to 10 mph SW. As I headed out I was quartering both the wind and tide, which were both relatively coming in the same direction.
First impressions were way above what I was expecting. The boat handled extremely well and was quickly responding to my paddle strokes. It took little effort to maintain a straight course, even with the current and wind pushing almost fully from my right. I was able to cover the roughly third of a mile distance from my launch to my intended fishing hole in a very short time.
After drifting around for a short while and making unproductive cast to the usually productive sod banks, I decided to head towards Butch Newell, who was out enjoying the morning with me. Butch was jigging around the piers of the bridge on the Stone Harbor side. This is where I really became impressed in the ability of the yak to respond well to my input.
The current was much stronger at my new position, being channeled into a cut of about 15-20 foot by a couple of sandbars. The drift under the bridge was very swift and swirling due to the smaller bridge piers. I was not intending to scratch the sides of the kayak up against the concrete on it’s maiden voyage. I actually started having a little fun while trying to keep myself from drifting into the piers! The kayak responded quite quickly to a few sweep strokes to help me spin around a set of piers, so well that I circled around to give it another try. Again and again I was able to get the boat to spin to the direction I wanted with a forward or reverse sweep stroke to either side. Quite impressive!
After a little more fishing and a little more playing in the currents, I decided to head back toward the launch. While heading in a couple passing boats offered the opportunity of playing around in their wake. The yak handled the wake very well, and stayed very dry. There was no unstableness induced by either the short period between the wake of a boat who passed fairly close, or the longer period from a boat passing at a much greater distance. Again, quartering across the current and wind, this time on my left, the yak was easy to control.
The performance on flat water was impressive, and can be attributed to Eddyline’s experience with touring kayaks. The yak had a lot of glide per stroke and was very quick for it’s length. The seat pan was extremely comfortable and dry, and didn’t seem to affect my legs by allowing any pinched pressure points. I was really impressed with the built in drain tube that dumps into the scupper at the foot well, pretty slick! The kayak seems like it sits a little high in the water, but I have to say, it was not a factor in how it handled. It is probably a big factor in how the seat area remains so dry. I would like to see how this yak will handle with the seat position a couple of inches lower in the hull! As it is, this yak really is a looker that has the pedigree to please, you won’t be disappointed!
Eddyline’s “Caribbean 14” – First Impressions Charlie Hackman
I had it out from 6:30 am until 1’ish in the afternoon. Conditions in the morning were pretty nice; light breeze out of the West-NorthWest about 5mph, tide was outgoing. Tide was dead low at 7:15; high was forecasted for 12:30. The morning paddle had the wind at my left shoulder, almost a quartering wind, and me paddling against the tide. Total distance paddled was a little over 1½ miles and it was not a strenuous paddle. The boat tracks nicely (not straight as an arrow but dam close) so only a couple corrective strokes were required. The wind was not an issue. Stayed at the flats long enough for Frank & Artie to catch a blue fish a piece then paddled out to the local sand bar. Now paddling into a true quartering wind from the right; wind had picked up a little but not enough to effect the boat and now the tide was incoming and moving at a pretty good clip, so I was paddling into it again… Still no issues with the boat.
Cut across the channel over to a sand bar, had a sammitch & a cup of coffee waitin’ for the tide to top out. Just about 11:00 am so we paddled over to some jetties lookin’ for tog. Tide was full tilt incoming, so I was paddling “across the grain” with a quartering wind to my right. Sloppy conditions but the boat took it in stride. Got a little squirrely a couple of times but a couple corrective stokes had me on track… Took a couple waves over the bow (nice test for the bow hatch) but that’s not uncommon there… The water along the rock piles was like a dish-washer, Rich had boated some tog so I tried a couple drifts but had no intention of introducing this Caribbean to the rocks so I decided to return to the barn. Paddling into the wind with the incoming tide behind me was “interesting”… I was paddling straight into the wind this time at about 15mph – of course, I’m headin’ to the barn! The Caribbean didn’t weather-cock as much as the Phoenix would have in those conditions and I only needed a couple corrective strokes to get her back on track. BUT, a rudder would have REALLY helped!!
All in all I enjoyed the hell outta the boat! It may look like it sits high, but the wind didn’t beat me up over it and I never felt tippy because of it. I do believe she would so better in the wind if she just wasn’t so tall and drop the seat pan an inch or two; one for lowering the COG and two to reduce get the paddler’s silhouette. She doesn’t “need” a rudder but having one would certainly make life easier. Making a turn only required 2 or three sweeps to bring the boat around 90*. And it only took three or four stokes to get her up to cruising speed. I thought the boat was very responsive. I had plenty of leg-room but Flyguide, with an inseam of 35”, couldn’t get the foot pegs out far enough. Stable? As stable as a rock for me. At 29” wide it better be stable and I wasn’t disappointed!
On Sunday five of us went to Chris’ store to try the Caribbean. Artie had been looking forward to paddling the boat so we plopped him in first, then Flyguide, herder & Eric (son of herder)… Artie and herder, both paddlers, enjoyed the boat immensely. Both enjoyed the tracking, it’s dry ride, stability and were surprised at how well it turned w/o a rudder. Eric & Flyguide also enjoyed its ease of paddle but thought the boat was a tad on the tippy side, saying they thought the boat sat a little high. Artie & herder also thought the boat sat higher than normal but also said it didn’t enter into their paddling equation. It should be noted that Eric paddles a Pamlico 12 so he is accustomed to sitting right down “in” the water, while Flyguide has been pedaling a Revolution for the past 2 or three years… Flyguide also noted that not being able to straighten his legs out a little more would have made the ride more comfortable and perhaps less tippy. Herder brought his gps and “…hit 5.5 with a normal paddle stroke with the current on Sunday. I measured the dead drift speed at 2.5, and was able to hit 2.2 with a normal cadence into the tide.” herder also noted he would like a rudder… I have to mention that when herder got outta the boat he looked at me, with that big schitte-eating grin of his and said “Hole-lee-schitte, Chal! That’s one helluva boat!” It was stable, responsive and moved through the water nicely without getting wet. Artie enjoyed the boat so much he is wheeling-and-dealing with his wife to secure the purchase of one in yellow! (I too am speaking with Da Wife about the purchase of a red one!)
Other things to note: This boat has a large forward hatch perfectly capable of swallowing the Rolleze cart with the large wheels. Sturdy hinges on it with great locking tabs and a rubber gasket along the bottom edge which keeps water out. I took a couple waves over the bow and related hatch and Arties sweater never got wet. Hell, not a drop of water go into the boat.
The gunwales are wide & Eddyline placed recessed “gear track” on both sides of the boat on either side of the cockpit. Mounting the FF was a breeze!! There are two rectangular areas in the gunwales of the tankwell . Each area is large enough to accommodate two (2) “Mighty Mounts” or one (1) 4” YakAttack Gear Track. Finally, there is a thermoformed cover for the “console” area which, when the paddler pops the forward facing hatch cover, become a “rod pod”. This area is large enough to hold a rod 8’ in length, I believe the pod will accommodate two (2) fishing rods with reels… Mounting hardware on it is the same as that found on the forward hatch…
Response from “Herder”
Yeah, it’s pretty much what I hoped it to be
We happen to be some of the lucky first ones to be able to put it in the water and do some real time paddling.
To give you an idea of what the conditions were, the day before it took me almost 2 hrs to paddle 3/4 of a mile into the current on a new moon tide.
I did stop and fish a little in that time, and bs’d with a couple of guys.
But a good deal of that time was paddling hard into the current.
It was one of the few times I was about to give up and just drift back to our launch spot.
I’m paddling a 2005 Tarpon 120 with a rudder.
Char’s review is spot on, no bs.
Incredibly dry ride, I had my dry pants on, didn’t even need them.
I was only on it for about a 1/2 hr, but the current was still ripping so it wasn’t paddling on some secluded lake
This was in Hereford inlet in south Jersey, took it around the bridge pilings where the current really funnels through and swirls, nice and responsive to the paddle strokes and plants.
The pictures really do not do this yak justice, it is nicest looking American made production SOT that I’ve seen.
Peter in Naples, FL
I am 6’3” tall and I had to have a lightweight sit on top kayak in blue. Your kayak is a dream come true! I have been waiting for a 14’ kayak that would handle my size and still be lighter than my canoe, and I found it. Tracking is the best for a sit on top. I have tried the rest, now I own the best! Did I mention that it is extremely comfortable? Totally waterproof! And fast? Everyone keeps asking me how much it weighs…and they are impressed when I tell them 50 lbs. There is no bending of the kayak, which can happen at my weight range. And I am totally dry when I am in it, again something that is rare at my weight for a sit on top kayak. All in all a very well designed sit on top kayak with a very accurate capacity rating.