The Ocean Kayak Torque Motorized Kayak is unlike any kayak you have seen on the market. The Torque is Based on the Trident 13 model, and features a plug-and-play Minn Kota trolling motor. An infinitely variable speed control allows you to hit the perfect speed for cruising or trolling. The modular fishing pod has 7 portals for your Scotty, Cannon or Ram mount rod holders. Combine that with two flush mount rod holders, paddle keepers, a large bow hatch and large tank well and the Torque is a fishing machine. Ocean Kayak has added a skid plate and molded plastic side handles. Designed around the Minn Kota motor and its innovative Maximizer technology, the Ocean Kayak Torque puts all of the power right at your fingertips. Fishing in tight spots? Don't worry, you can hit reverse and your ability to maneuver just got easier. And, if you'd rather paddle, simply remove the motor, drop in the skeg, grab a paddle and you're all set. The Ocean Kayak Torque is so much fun you may even put your fishing pole down and just sit back to enjoy the ride.
|Length:||13 ft 10 in / 4.22 m|
|Width:||29 in / 73.66 cm|
|Ocean Kayak Scupper Plug Size:||2 Small / 2 Medium|
|Weight:||86 lb / 39.01 kg|
|Capacity:||400 lb / 181.44 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||45|
|Leg Room - Total:||47|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Rod Holders Included:||2|
I've had my 2013 Torque for almost a year now and it's an amazing fishing kayak. Here are some of my favorite and not so favorite features... The Good: Trolling - It shouldn't be a suprise that a kayak with a trolling motor is great for trolling and the Torque definitely is. I run two trolling rods with dipsy divers out the back using the flush mounted rod holders for salmon and lake trout. Not only are you hands free while trolling but being able to control your speed and steer while fighting the fish is a plus and helps prevent tangling your lines when running two rods. Stability - This kayak handles great in the rough weather. I've been out on the lake a few times I probably shouldn't have been and was thankful for how well this handles in the chop. One of my favorite ways to fish this kayak is to just barely turn the motor on then stand up and cast the weed beds. Fighting a smallmouth or pike while standing in this kayak is a blast. In the summer months it's easy to take a dip in the lake then get back into the kayak from the water. Versatile - I've only paddled this thing with the skeg once but it paddled just fine. It's a nice feature to have if you feel like you're missing out on the paddling experience. I've also used this quite a few times for remote camping trips. There's a forward hatch which you can stuff full of gear and still carry more gear and a beer filled cooler in the back. The boat sits much lower in the water loaded down but still made it through the waves okay. Modpod - the modpod lets you easily add a rod holder, fishfinder, or just about any other accessory on the market. The right front scupper hole is designed to fit a Humminbird through-the-hull transducer which was an easy install without having to drill. The not as good: Motor placement- The insert for the trolling motor is in the back of the boat so the easiest way to launch is to get your gear loaded then wade in up to your knees and pop the motor in. This works fine in the summer months but in the early spring and late fall here in Vermont I don't want to get into the water so launching is trickier. I have to keep my tackle bag and cooler up front, push myself off the ramp with the paddle, turn around and put the motor in, move my gear to the back, then store the paddle in the paddle keeper. I'm sure a lot of thought went into the design but cold weather launching is not a strenght of this boat. Carrying Handles - I've read the handles have been redesigned for the newer models which is good. The back handle is placed off center because of the rudder which makes it awkward carrying with two people. I wish the front handle wasn't the toggle string style handle but maybe that's just preference as I think it's more difficult to carry a heavy kayak this way. Adding to this is the fact that it's a big kayak at 13'10" and about 75 pounds without the battery. I would recommend a kayak cart of some type. All that stability comes at a price and this is a challenging kayak to lug around and roof top by yourself. Battery/Registration - An added expense is the battery and battery charger if you don't already have one. I use a group 24 Northstar NSB-AGM24M sealed lead acid battery with a reserve capacity of 160 minutes. I've had no problems so far and chose to spend the extra money on an AGM with the highest reserve capacity I could find rather than the cheaper flooded battery. The battery life is actually pretty good and will depend on your application. Trolling with divers on 3/4 power I can get a solid 3-4 hours before I notice the performance suffers. If you're slow trolling and varying your speed you can go all day without a problem. Don't forget that in most states you need to register this boat and display the registration number on the side. I also had to take an online class to get a boating license. Both of these were easy but don't forget about it when considering purchase. Considering all of this I rated the Torque 5 stars. I have so much fun fishing in this kayak that it totally outweighs the added cost of a battery and effort lugging it around. I can troll deep water for salmon or slow troll and cast for bass depending on time of year. It really has been a great way to get out and fish for every species where I live. If the drawbacks I mentioned above don't bother you then you will love fishing this kayak.
Great kayak, perfect to go fishing, so easy to handle, stable and can take you right where you want with no effort. Only problem was the seat, kind uncomfortable after couples hours fishing, but I fixed the problem installing a beach chair.