Old Town Introduces New Predator XL
Town, Maine (July 14, 2014)
Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, a leader
in the paddlesports industry for over a century, today launched the Predator XL
kayak, the new flagship in its Premier Angler Series. Incorporating
all the pioneering features of the original Predator, including the Element
seating system, customizable, high-strength mounting plates, Exo-ridge deck and
Tri-Hull design, the Predator XL adds a 45lb thrust, saltwater-grade Minn Kota
motor and a foot-operated rudder system to deliver an unrivaled
hands-free fishing experience and pinpoint control.
Stealth quiet and supremely stable, the
Predator XL was developed and fine-tuned through exhaustive consumer research,
input from the Old Town Dealer Panel and Design Council, and the combined experience
of the Johnson Outdoors pro-staff and Watercraft Design Team. The result is a
premium, customizable, purpose-driven fishing machine that retains the best
features and benefits of the original Predator series, while adding integrated,
adapt in-a-snap consoles including the Minn Kota system.
The XL’s Minn Kota Console system is a
fully enclosed modular unit that provides fast and convenient plug and play
performance. It includes a speed dial with forward and reverse functions not
available on many other hands free boats, battery level indicator, USB charging
port, sonar mounting plates, as well as battery and cable storage for sonar equipment
and other gear. The Consoles’ Quick-Kick
Stand™ allows the user to lift and stow the motor unit with one hand and lower
it again with the flick of the foot, an inspired technology that helps avoid
prop collisions with water hazards. Users can also quickly raise the Console to
clear away weeds and debris.
At just over thirteen feet long and
thirty-six inches wide, the Predator XL delivers an amazing carrying capacity
of 600 pounds of angler, gear and fish. The foot-controlled rudder system for hands-free
operation in forward or reverse sets the Predator XL apart from the competition,
helping to control the boat confidently in wind and current, when fishing in
tight spots or where fish are holding close to structure.
Predator XL will set a whole new bar in what consumers expect in a fishing
kayak,” said David Hadden, Brand Director for Johnson Outdoors Watercraft.
“With the Predator XL we wanted to bridge the gap between fishing kayaks and
bass boats and shallow water skiffs. The game changer is the combination
of the Minn Kota motor and foot controlled rudder system, which allows you
truly hands free fishing. Now you can work your local shoreline like a
tournament BASS angler, moving and casting at every dock, stump or over hanging
limb without taking your hands off the rod to reposition your boat. We
guarantee you will fish more and catch more fish!”
The XL will be available in a number of
models for maximum adaptability. The base model will feature Old Town’s Utility
Console, engineered with sonar equipment in mind. The Minn Kota version comes
fully equipped with a foot-controlled rudder, battery box and Minn Kota
Console. The third console, the Exo-Ridge
Deck, provides a flat floor for standing, providing the perfect platform for
poling and casting. The Predator XL is
designed to work with all 3 consoles, allowing the user to adapt their ride in
a matter of mere seconds.
Like its predecessors, the Predator XL
will accept aftermarket options from angler’s favorite vendors like Scotty™,
YakAttack, Ram, Cannon and more, allowing users to truly customize the craft. Launching
at ICAST (booth #1019) this month to the public, the Predator XL will begin
shipping to dealers in October 2014.
Key specs for the Predator XL include:
|| 92 - 117 lbs.
| Carrying Capacity
|| 600 lbs.
MSRP for models and Consoles:
| Predator XL w/MK
| Exo-Ridge Console
| Utility Console
| Motor Console
Town® is part of the Johnson Outdoors family of innovative,
market-leading brands. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio
of top-quality products for the global marketplace across four categories:
Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment. Johnson
Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Ocean Kayak™, Necky® kayaks, Old Town®
canoes and kayaks, Extrasport®, Carlisle® Paddle Gear,
Minn Kota® motors, Cannon® downriggers, Humminbird®
fish finders, SCUBAPRO® dive equipment, and Eureka!® tents.
Visit Johnson Outdoors online at www.johnsonoutdoors.com.