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||Posted: Nov. 12 2007,05:37
Will wonders ever cease?
|Today, I went to a demo day of my local dealer, Xstreamline Sports. Among the boats set out for display and testing was a brand-new Scupper Pro TW, the only difference being that it was called "Scupper Pro Classic." First I thought I was looking at, you guessed it, an old Scupper Classic. But a closer look confirmed that it really was a Scupper TW.|
Greg Ecker of Xstreamline then told me that Ocean Kayak was actually making these boats JUST FOR HIM. Now you might wonder "why would OK do that?" Well, as it turns out the Scupper Pro Classic sells like hot cakes, at least here in Southern California, and Greg sold 60 of them just in the last 2-3 months. It's his best-selling boat by far, he says, although he also sells Prowlers, Tarpons, Hobies, and Cobras.
Admittedly, Greg has always been a big fan of the Scupper Pro (he is the one who sold me my first SP many years ago), and his sales may not reflect what other dealers are experiencing. But I think he is right when he says that there is a much bigger market for these boats out there - even among fishermen - than OK realizes. Greg's philosophy is to put big guys (200 pounds up) into a Prowler or Tarpon, and the rest into Scupper Pros. According to him, most people who get into kayaking are actually not 200+ pounds. Maybe, that's just a Southern California phenomenon and paddlers in the rest of the country are bigger, I don't know.
In any eveny, if anyone would like to get hold of a brand-new Scupper Pro TW/Classic, they are now available from Xstreamline in San Pedro.
I have never wavered in labeling the OK Scupper Pro the Best All-around Kayak for Southeast Florida Yakfishing. OK blew it a couple years ago when they joined WS in a race to the bottom. They were spooked then - are they spooked now?
RTM had the foresight to keep this incredible design alive in the form of the RTM Tempo (not to mention the awesome Disco), while OK kept making em wider and heavier.
Now a "special order" Scupper Pro TW renamed the "Scupper Classic"? Hmmmm. Guy ordered 60 of em, so they obviously sell like hotcakes.
Kayak Jeff, are you reading this?
Edited by Capn Jimbo on Nov. 12 2007,05:40
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