Eddyline Caribbean 14
A fishing kayak with the paddling capabilities of a high end recreational sit-on-top kayak, Eddyline Caribbean 14 not only looks great, but moves smoothly through long days of paddling while retaining the necessary stability to make it a great fishing platform.
- Fast boat which can cover ground easily
- Stable and easy to paddle
- Lots of storage
- A range of optional extras
- Foot rests are slightly too vertical
Size, Weight, Capacity
The Caribbean 14, as you might expect, is 14’ (426 cm) long. At 29” (73.5 cm) wide and with a capacity of 350 lbs (158 kg), there’s a lot of volume for you and all of the equipment you will need for a long day of fishing.
At just 50 lbs (22.5 kg), the Caribbean 14 is a surprisingly light sit-on-top kayak. Despite this, its size makes it unlikely that you will carry it too far alone.
Starting with the most important feature for a long day on the water, this kayak is extremely comfortable. The padded seat and high backrest are elevated to keep you out of the water. There is also a drain in the seat recess to remove any water that gets in.
There is a generous cockpit area for legs with easy to adjust sliding foot pegs to fit the kayak to you as well as drainage at the lower end.
This is a boat with loads of space for features and room to stow your gear. A large waterproof hatch at the front gives you access into the hull and has space for plenty of gear, while a smaller day hatch sits just in front of the paddler. This is fitted with a gear bucket and is perfect for storing keys, phones or any other small items you want to keep totally dry.
Just behind the front hatch is a platform for storing a Plano box which can be secured with a bungee. Behind the seat there is a large recess, again laced with bungee, which can fit a variety of tackle management systems.
Comfortable, retractable carrying handles are fitted to the bow and stern of the Caribbean 14, while carbon fibre carrying handles are fitted on the side.
The top deck of the boat has multiple flat spots on it for fitting and mounting accessories.
Eddyline also offer a selection of factory fitted individual extras, including a foot controlled navigation rudder, flush mount rod holders and footwell and tackle box traction pads.
The Caribbean 14 could not be getting higher praise from all corners right now. It says a lot about a fishing sit-on-top kayak when it is being compared favourably to recreational kayaks and the speed and stability of this boat make it competitive in that market. The tracking capabilities of this kayak allow you to cover good amounts of ground throughout the day with relative ease while the stability makes it comfortable even in choppy conditions.
With regard to fishing, this is not generally regarded as a boat you can stand and fish from, but the seat is so comfortable you won’t want to get out of it anyway. In fact, the outfitting is altogether pretty good. The only potential sticking point is the foot rests, which sit straight up and down and would perhaps benefit from being more angled.
Eddyline Caribbean 14 Walkthrough
Unpacking my Eddyline Caribbean 14
Specification: Eddyline Caribbean 14
walter greer –
I purchased my Caribbean 14 back in March of 2021 as a boat that would do everything my venerable Tarpon 120 would do and have the advantage of being longer and lighter for day and recreational paddling. I have not been disappointed,
the Caribbean 14 tracks very well, is stable, and has surprising speed for a sit on top. I’m 5’6″ and 165 pounds and this boat is perfect for my height and size. We live in SW Florida so most of my paddling is in back water estuaries as well as some flats and bays and the C14 handles all of this very well. It isn’t a full blown fishing kayak that you would want to load down with every imaginable gadget you could buy and if you are looking for that I recommend you get a Jackson or Hobie and a trailer but if you are looking for a versatile paddle driven boat you can cartop with ease the Caribbean 14 might just suit you.