I have had my Torque for two years and generally love
it. I have fitted my boat with a GPS depth/fish finder. It
is great for fishing with or against th drift and allows
great manueverability while freeing your hands for
castting. Since I am pushing 70, I really appeciate the
effort I save from paddling; I can stay out for more
than 4 hours without a problem. All said there is room
for improvement: The stays in the seat have worn
loose and punched through the backing - I have taken
mine out, coated them with epoxy and put them back in.
The boat drafts too deep and is hard to paddle without
the motor - maybe improve the hull design? A swivel
seat would make it easier to raise and lower the rudder
and access the rear storage area. Finally, I have put in
a low camera mount in the front so I can get some good
pictures of all the fish that I can pull in with this great
The Ocean Kayak is everything it states. the Ack
people were more than willing to go overboard(so
to speak) to help or answer any questions I had.
Kayak was shipped from texas to New York no
I LOVE this boat! I am large and needed a kayak that had a
large capacity. This yak carries me easily and it is
comfortable and very responsive. The motor makes fishing a
true delight, and also makes it easy to get through current or
move easy on windy days on a lake. When I want to
exercise and paddle, it is just as easy to paddle and
maneuver. It is very well made, and the rod pod rocks! The
front hatch is huge. I do kind of wish the battery
compartment was in the back and the motor insert was
where the battery is to make it easier to access and remove,
and also to allow that battery area to be another storage
compartment, but that is probably a design stability issue. I
would definitely buy this kayak again.
Larry M. Indialantic, FL
Love this thing...amazingly
easy to control and navigate.
motor and rudder system seem
to work in harmony very well.
stable on the water despite
the narrow hull design. It is
a bit heavy
to load and launch, but I
purchased a wheel cart and it
very easy to handle. I was
considering a power boat, but
who needs the constant
maintenance and water
pollution I live on
the Indian River, and do not
want to contribute to any
pollution on the water!.
Extremely quiet and agile.
You will not
regret buying this beauty!
Eric T Retired USCG 2nd R
I have now had my Torque for 2 years and I have down graded it by 1 star.
Issues: Most MinKoda dealers dont know how to work or get replacement parts
for the motor and a new one you can only get through Ocean Kayak and with
shipping runs about $650.00 because they force you to buy the black skeg
with the motor. Second issue the plug in spring will rust out and the
connection at the stern transom and plug work loose. It also looses
connection often even if it is pluged in correctly. Since it is at the very
back end of the kayak working your way around in the seat faceing aft and
then leaning back to juggle the plug about is just a pain in the you know
what. 3rd the kayak should have had two side handles to carry it on each
side. 4th the rudder cable connections are not made off well and cause fish
hooking and get shabbie looking. The motor is a 36lbs thrust but it is one
of minkodas 40 models and I believe it should be one model up having
something like 40-44 pounds of thrust verses the 36 it currently has. The
battery box cover needs to be strong enough able to mount items to because
even with extension arms mounting them forward on the kayak is a long reach.
I think the butt seating is a bit to low even with a pad. I almost sit in
it and have my feet even to elaveted I think they could make it sit a little
bit higher. I also agree with the other reviewers about battery life. I fish
about 15 hours on my battery which is the Sears Diehard Gel battery it is a
(Med Size Battery) so that part rocks. I would sugest that they build the
battery box for it longer so you could slide the battery a little bit
forward so you could keep some other small items in the center compartment 4
to 6 inches would be a real bonus. Draft though is its largest downfall.
Needed 2 feet of water to get around in can pose a chalange when hunting for
fish along the flats of the gulf coast I wish there was a way to retract the
prop like in the bassyacks system. Having said all of the things I said I
still love being able to move about and fish verses paddle and fumble around
and try to fish with a paddle in your way. I am got in to kayaks to fish
not paddle so that is a big plus for me. Perhaps next time they go through
a design over haul I'll get an invite to add my 2 cents and a demo verson to
test out. Mostly my issues are little tweaking ones that could improve on a
good thing. Hope this has helped you and best of luck with yours.
Life is good, no compromises, just a great fishing kayak with a motor. I have a shoulder disability, and this put me back on the water with my 2 sons. I can keep up with them now!
I have been fishing for the better part of 65 years in both freshwater and saltwater. I fished the FLW Bass series for 3 years but I have never enjoyed fishing anywhere as much as I have in the short time I've had the Torque. This kayak is amazing. My initial worry was that the battery would drain too low to get me home after a long day as I have two pieces of electronics also hooked to the battery. I went fishing for Redfish on New Years day and was out for almost 8 hours. When I put the kayak in the water my battery meter read 12.5 volts. When I pulled the kayak out of the water, 8 hours, 17 bull Redfish and some 15 miles later, the meter read 11.8 volts. Amazing. I may never launch my 17' Mako center console again. I am a kayak fisherman forever. I would absolutely recommend the Torque to anyone who wants to fish from a kayak but may be just a little too old to paddle all day.
I LOVE THE OCEAN KAYAK-HAVE HAD IT THE LAKE AND WILL BE GOING IN THE OCEAN IN IT THIS SUMMER-I CAN'T WAIT!! ITS SO EASY TO USE - YOUR HANDS ARE FREE TO FISH!!!!!
I bought the ocean kayak torque around Labor Day. Took only two days to get, fast! I've only been able to take it out to a 500 acre lake and it's been fantastic. I've been out for 5 hrs and only used half my battery. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to load on top of vehicle and take off. Looking forward to taking to ocean. A couple times I took out the motor and battery and just paddled, very smooth.
We now have them all summer on long lake in Maine , we have 2 yellow one's , paddling is as good as with the motor in as being out , and when your down river after a long day of fishing 2 or 3 miles from the car , it's nice just to turn it on and not killing you self to get back up river.
We love the Torque , and thank you ACK for the way you ship it to us. We were out 3 day's ago on the Ocean a little cold but nice and when the tide turn on us we got to the car ok.
Could not be more pleased with this kayak. Have not got it wet yet,but from all appearances it should be outstanding.
Ocean Kayak Torque - is a great paddle/motorized Yak. When fishing accessories are added to turn it into a fishing kayak; its gets even sweeter. You will need to purchase rod holders and other fishing gear as it does not come fish ready. It was difficult to take a new Kayak to the "chop shop" but it was necessary to turn this high dollar Yak into a fishing machine. After I stopped crying and saw the potential for extended time on fish with all the right fishing stuff - I started to smile again. When I fished the modified Yak; I was elated and the nightmares of cutting so many holes into an expensive new yak quickly faded. The extra 'grand' it took to make it a seaworthy BTB and skinny water jewel was worth every penny. It is now a fishing yak.