The 140 delivers on the Tarpon legend with all the outfitting touches you expect plus a new twist: a flat floored cockpit that makes standing and casting easier. This one is ready for fishing, it has all the essentials! The ACK Angler Package is furnished and installed by ACK with similar or identical products to factory angler.
|Length:||14 ft / 4.27 m|
|Width:||28 in / 71.12 cm|
|Weight:||70 lb / 31.75 kg|
|Capacity:||375 lb / 170.1 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||49|
|Leg Room - Total:||51|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Rod Holders Included:||3|
Purchased this from Austin Kayak as part of Labor Day close out. Shipped in 5 days for free, well packaged, and not damaged- impressive business AK. My previous kayak was a 10ft recreational SINK. Got this for fishing/camping purposes. 1.) Performance: tried Tarpon 140 on a small lake as well as a small river with class 1 rapids. Tracks well, easy to paddle when underway. Opted for rudder package-works great and highly recommend it. You can turn ok without it, but takes more effort. Very pleased with speed and both primary and secondary stability. Easy to get back in when I bailed out in deep water. 2.) Phase 3 seat: thought it was very comfortable after 3 hours of paddling-really love the seat. 3.) Storage: like a flat-bed pickup behind cockpit-plenty of room for my camping/fishing gear. Little disappointed with dry storage. Lot of room with orbix hatch, but got an inch or two of water in it on river. Read about leaks with Orbix hatch, but after testing at home it was my midship small hatch leaking. No missing parts-just looks like an inadequate o-ring seal. Significant problem because of low-lying position of this hatch in cockpit. You get water in cockpit-it's getting in dry storage. Plan on emailing AK for solution. 4.) Portage: somebody else said it beautifully "this is an unruly beast out of the water". Car-topping on my SUV was definitely 2 person job. Hard to carry on your own with side handles for distances over 20 yards. Of course, as big as it is out of water- not big at all in water. 5.) Wet ride: saw a lot of complaints about water coming up thru scuppers. Easily fixed with scupper plugs. (I am 190 lbs). Don't think the "wet ride" criticism is fair. You look at any kayak basic buying guide and it tell you this is a con for SOT kayaks. Conclusion: I am very happy with my Tarpon 140 and would recommend it to others. Would have given it 5 stars if not for leaking midship hatch.
I had an old demo Tarpon 140 that I love, so I bought my wife a new one for her birthday. It is so great, I bought myself one, too. ACK was super easy to work with. I use my Tarpon for cruising around Puget Sound and salmon fishing. Great boat!