Ocean Kayaks – Prowler Trident 13

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Ocean Kayaks – Prowler Trident 13

Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 13 – The latest sit on top fishing kayak


Ocean Kayak, the world’s number 1 for sit-on-tops, offers paddlers an unrivalled choice of designs and the new Prowler Trident 13 is one of their latest models.

It is a scaled down version of the popular Prowler Trident 15 and offers similar great features. At 13ft 6in (4.1m) long and with a width 29.5inch (74.9cm) this craft performs well in a wide range of conditions on the water offering stability, manoeuvrability and speed; it also copes well with breaking surf and rough seas.

The dimensions make the Prowler Trident 13 easy to transport and handle off the water as well. It weighs 57lbs (25.85kg) and has a maximum load capacity of 425-475 lbs (192.8 lb 215.5kg) so there’s plenty of room for kit on board. There is a large bow hatch with a cross lock strap down facility and the oversize tank well can be used to stow a fishing crate.

Anglers using a fishfinder will particularly appreciate the Sonar Shield. This is an innovative idea first developed by Ocean Kayak for the Prowler Trident 15. It provides an enclosed storage system for a fishfinder when it is not being used and the cover then acts as a shield to protect the unit when it is operational and helps to make it easier to read the screen in bright sunlight. There is a transducer compatible scupper and this model also comes with a battery bag.

The Prowler Trident 13 offers a comfortable paddling position with the Comfort Plus seat back and adjustable foot braces which can be adjusted to the optimum position for leg length. The Rod Pod provides storage for fishing rods up to around eight feet, there are two flush mounted rod holders and a moulded in cup holder. A variety of colours (including camouflage) is available and the price is scheduled to be £659 (2008 Price).


Pictures And Comments By Forum Member Ian Alexander

Starting At The Front, Here’s The Bow Hatch

I’m told that the cross straps on mine are a lot easier to use than the two straps that were fitted on earlier models.

Inside The Hatch Showing The Battery Pouch/Sling

This looks good and it will keep the battery out of any water that collects inside the hull. It may be a bit small if you like to use batteries with a bigger Ampere/Hour rating.

The Adjustable Footpegs

These didn’t look that well made but they are pretty good in use and are very easy to adjust even out on the water. I got my foot stuck underneath one during the many times I’ve fell off when launching/landing. It hurt. I don’t fall off as often now though 

The Sonar Pod

A bit of bungy at the hinge makes sure the lid closes.

I have not fitted my fishfinder yet but the hatch is big enough to take my fishfinder and bracket, it looks a good idea but like I say I have’nt used it yet.

Enlarged Scupper Hole For The Transducer

The scupper hole and hull has been moulded to accomodate a Humminbird “through hull transducer”.

Centre Hatch, Rod Pod, Bait Tray

The centre hatch is secured with two straps and has a moulded in cup holder that is handy for keepin a small tub of bait in.

Under the hatch there is a sliding and removable bait or tackle tray. In the photo I have removed the seat so you can see the two scupper holes that drain off the seat area. You can also see the paddle retainers, one on each side, these work well and are quick and easy to use.

My rods fit into the hatch which has come in handy when launching and landing!! A nice feature.

My Seat

I bought my kayak with the next model up seat, it’s very comfy and supports my back well. You can see on the back of the seat there are a series of buckles, these are for attaching accessories like a bag and rod holders from ocean kayak.

The Tank Well/Rear Storage

Not much to say, plenty of room and webbing attached with plastic clips.

Rudder Mounting Holes

I have not got a rudder and don’t think I’ll bother getting one but if I did this is where it will attach.

I’m going to use these holes to attach a bracket that will hold the rear pulley of my anchor trolley.

A Couple Of Minor Concerns

The centre hatch is a great idea but I think the cover could be improved, it feels a flimsy and you have to be careful to get it on correctly or it will leak in water, you can see the seal isn’t that clever. I have seen an after market hatch that fits the big game that looked to be constructed well but I don’t think there is one for the trident.

My seat buckles clips need spraying with wd40 to keep them ok, they don’t like saltwater!! I’m going to look out for some stainless ones.

I’m not the best bloke to give a review of this kayak as I’m a mere novice when it comes to kayaking but I think that it’s a great kayak and I’m very happy with it. It feels pretty stable and is easy enough for me to move around and get on my car roof even when I’m on my own. Although at first I spent some time falling off it now I  think it’s pretty stable and easy to paddle. I hope that this has beenof some use.
Regards Ian.

By | 2018-03-23T08:50:05+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Ocean Kayak Reviews|7 Comments

About the Author:

Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. Ian Alexander March 30, 2010 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident 13;
    This is my first kayak and so I’ve nothing to compare it to! I will say that I’m very happy with it though.
    It has a lot of angler related features and is well thought out, I particularly like the rod pod/storage and the fishfinder hatch and battery pouch.
    It feels stable enough and is easy to paddle and manouvre when on the water. The handles are niceand chunky and the kayak is blanced well when it is picked up by the handles to be put on the car.
    The thing I would improve is the centre hatch cover, I think there is room for improvement with the seal and cover.
    Regards Ian.

  2. Ian Pickering March 30, 2010 at 9:59 am - Reply

    I find this kayak extremely stable and an excellent fishing platform. There is plenty of storage and the ‘Rod Pod’ is excellent for keeping your rods safe when coming in or out in any waves. I also tend to keep a cool bag in the rod pod for storing bait. This keeps it nice and cool and is very accessible.

    In strong winds it does tend to ‘head up’ into wind when breezy, but this is an inherent action of most craft in the conditions. You can add a rudder but it’s not really that much of a problem.

    You wouldn’t want a kayak any heavier in my opinion, if you are lifting it onto the roof rack on your own.

    All round brilliant kayak- Recommended.

  3. Matty Lamb June 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    The Trident 13 is an excellent, stable fishing platform with plenty of storage space. As mentioned in the Article the rod pod cover is a bit flimsy and needs to be double checked when securing. I tend to keep a fish bag inside the rod pod and put my catch in it.

    The sonar shield is a neat idea and It allows to me to leave my fishfinder connected to the kayak at all times as when the mount is moved to a flat position I can close the sonar shield lid and leave the fishfinder there, only removing the battery when transporting the kayak.

    The T13 is not as fast as other kayaks I have paddled as it is quite a wide kayak and although it is heavier than a scupper pro or P13 I don’t have too many problems loading it on to the car by myself.

    As a fishing kayak its hard to beat a trident 13

  4. fish finder April 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Hello Whitbyseaanglers,
    Interesting Thoughts, The Ocean Kayak Frenzy kayak is a one-person, 9-foot long, sit-on-top recreational kayak. It is popular, ranking in the top ten kayaks at Amazon. Is it right for you? Here is an Ocean Kayak Frenzy review.
    Nice One!

  5. Mark Teale July 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Hi I am thinking of getting one – I would like a fishfinder you mention that a scupper hole takes a transducer – will it take the standard one supplied by Humminbird (XNT – 9 20 T )- or do you need a special one?

  6. Tony May 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Great review, while looking at it I also noticed the seat was very uncomfortable the other thing I noticed is it took in a lot of water. I saw it mentioned in this review http://www.kayakerguide.com/trident-13-angler-review
    where they say its the best over the 11 and 13 inch model would anyone agree?

  7. Timothy April 21, 2016 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Glenn, thanks a lot for reviewing ocean kayak prowler trident 13. This kayak works great for me. I’m very active on fishing almost every day, and this boat works well for me. During last 9 years I’ve tried other different types of kayaks and the boats, and most of those were ride so low in the water that I feel like I am sinking. If you do weigh 250 or more lbs I would get the scupper plugs for colder weather fishing. The boat tracks well and is pretty easy to paddle.

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