VIDEO: Old Town Canoes & Kayak’s award-winning Predator
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Old Town Canoes & Kayaks – one of the most famous brands in the paddlesports industry – made a winning return to form with the new Predator at this month’s ICAST show in Las Vegas.
The craft made its bow at the world’s largest fishing trade show and was voted Best Boat in the New Product Showcase. Developed in combination with Old Town’s renowned designers and pro-staffers throughout the country, the Predator is completely engineered, below and above the waterline, to deliver the ideal platform for fishing.
The Old Town, Maine, company says that the craft brings anglers closer to the water and the action with many options to customize it around their specific equipment and unique needs. Featuring six strategically-placed removable mounting plates, the Predator enables you to install rod holders, GPS units, fish finders, cameras and more nearly anywhere around the boat without drilling into the hull.
The Predator boasts stand-out features including the three-stage Element™ seating system that can be lowered for paddling, raised for fishing or even flipped out of the way in stand-up mode for poling, sighting and casting.
The proprietary, slip-resistant Exo-Ridge™ deck is designed for sure footing and drainage, while the Tri-hull construction provides durability and stability.
David Hadden, Old Town Brand Director, says: “In designing and building the Predator, we set to turn convention upside down and deliver a totally new fishing experience. The Predator still delivers the stability and comfort kayak anglers demand, but the ability to customize this kayak to your specific needs, adjust it on the fly as your needs change, helps set it miles ahead of the competition.”
The Predator possesses a large capacity centre console for maximum storage and additional mounting options, while dual rod tip holders at the bow help store valuable fishing rods safely and securely. Other key features include a large bow hatch with Old Town’s patented Click Seal cover, scupper holes for quick drainage, large rear tank well with Exo-Ridge design to keep gear accessible and dry, paddle keepers, adjustable foot braces and side-mounted rod retainers that allow for convenient grab and cast.
It is tailor-made to accept after-market options like Scotty™ outriggers, Steady Stand-Up Bar and a Minn Kota™ trolling motor mount. Available in two models, the Old Town Predator kayaks land at authorized dealers in the Summer.
Key specs include:
Predator 13 Predator MX
Length: 13’ 2” Length: 12’
Width: 33.5” Width: 34”
Seat Height: 15” Seat Height: 15”
Leg length: 48” Leg length: 48”
Weight: 72lb Weight: 68lb
Max capacity: 400lb to 425lb Max capacity: 375lb to 400l
MSRP: $ 1,299 US MSRP: $1,199 US