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LIP GRIPPER [S P LAS H] HIGH POWER PREDATOR


OLD TOWN’S NEW MOTORIZED PREDATOR XL FILLS THE GAP BETWEEN KAYAK AND SKIFF BY BEN DUCHESNEY


Old Town Predator XL FISH FRIENDLY FEATURES:


road. After reading about the boat for months and getting a glimpse at last summer’s tradeshows, I couldn’t wait to be one of the first anglers to take a ride in this innovative craft that melds the convenience of a kayak with the power of a small skiff. When I arrived at Pushaw Creek, Old Town marketing and sales managers,


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Luke Labree and David Hadden were waiting to take me for a test drive and target bass and pike. At first look, the Predator XL shares the utilitarian features such as inter-


• Slip resistant Exo-Ridge deck


• Six removable mounting plates


• Rod tip holders & rod retainer bungees


• Exo-Ridge tank well


• Side-mount paddle storage


• Molded paddle rest


• Large bow hatch with Click Seal cover


• Dual tackle holders • Stand-up assist strap


changeable mounting plates, flat deck, Click Seal hatches and the Element Seat- ing System that make the Predator 13 and shorter, river-running Predator MX Old Town’s answer to the do-it-all kayak. I was most excited about the removable pod in the center of the


cockpit. Labree lifted the hood and gave me a first look at the Minn Kota trolling motor that powers the XL. While he demonstrated the simple dial that controls speed and pointed out USB ports for charging electronics, Hadden explained that working with sister company Minn Kota made designing the XL easier and more efficient. “The design is clean and functional,” Hadden points out, “it doesn’t look like


a high school science project.” Hadden says consumers and the press appreciate the effort. “The boat has been very popular with dealers and we won Best of Show at ICAST—the fishing industry’s largest tradeshow.” The console is pre-rigged to accept rigging and transducer for a fishfinder,


42…KAYAK ANGLER


he five-hour drive from my house to Old Town, Maine seemed like 10 hours with the new motorized Predator XL waiting at the end of the


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