Old Town Predator XL to Offer Hands-Free Operation
Venerable fishing kayak manufacturer to release details at ICAST this July
By Paul Lebowitz
Can you feel it? It’s that special time of year when new fishing kayaks finally see the light of day, and rumors give way to reality.
Old Town staffers aren’t releasing many details at this point, but those escaping the venerable Maine factory are intriguing. The XL will join the short list of fishing kayaks that offer hands-free operation.
“All I can say at the moment is that it’s driven by a brilliant new system,” Marketing Communications Manager Luke Labree told AI.
There’s more: a new system for customization “within just a few seconds.”
I can’t guess what that could be – meticulously edited preview photos suggest the XL will have the same sacrificial rail mounting plates as its predecessors. Could the answer lie in the cockpit console? A tiny, intriguing slice is visible.
Whatever the truth, Old Town representatives are already talking up an integrated design, a system built specifically for and around the XL platform.
“Unlike a lot of systems that are add-ons to existing boats, we designed our system in tandem with the XL itself. We felt it was vital to design them at the same time and as one integral unit,” Bob McDonough, Old Town designer, further told AI.
There’s one last set of nuggets, the XL’s vital statistics: 13 feet long, 36 inches wide, and capable of carrying up to 600 pounds of angler, catch and gear.
ICAST kicks off at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on July 15.
An earlier version of this story referred to Old Town’s P3. The company has since renamed the boat the Predator XL.