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Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3 Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3

Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3

Kayak Specs

Length
14' 1"
Width
29.1"
Weight
59 lbs
Capacity
475 lbs
Base Price
US $1,599
Main Propulsion
Paddle
Rudder
Optional
Passengers
1
Hull Type
Sit-On-Top
Production Status
Available

Manufacturer

Brand
Ocean Kayak

First introduced 'down under', the Trident Ultra series was crafted in collaboration with pro kayak anglers from around the world. Fast and nimble the Ultra 4.3 can handle ocean swells and glide through calm waters with surprising speed.

Based on the Trident Ultra 4.7 this shorter sibling is loaded with even more innovative features making it the new benchmark for fishing kayaks.

Features:

  • Comfort Zone™ seat back
  • Multifunctional reversible Ultra Center Hatch Cover
  • Live bait well or anchor storage compartment
  • Click Seal bow hatch
  • Transducer compatible scupper with more transducer size options
  • 5" hatch in rear tank well
  • Oversized tank well designed to take the Ice Box Storage Pod
  • Molded-in cup and bottle holders
  • Four flush mounted rod holders
  • Replaceable wear strip on tail fin
  • Paddle keepers
  • Built-in carrying handles 

Options:

  • Ultra 4.3 Rod Tube Kit
  • Ultra Transducer Kit
  • Ice Box Storage Pod

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Overall Rating of this Kayak For Fishing. 
 
4.0  (1)
 
Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3 2012-03-09 11:36:58 cade simpson
Overall Rating of this Kayak For Fishing. 
 
4.0
Reviewed by cade simpson    March 09, 2012

First look

Recently I had the opportunity to “test drive” Ocean Kayak’s no Trident Ultra 4.3. The little brother to the Ultra 4.7, the 4.3 comes in the 14’ flavor and has got some great new features.
I have ridden in a few different Ocean products, the Prowler series being the kayak that caught my attention most when I first got into the sport. I was very excited when the opportunity arose to take the 4.3 out on the water.
The very first improvement made to the Ultra series vs. the standard Trident and Prowlers, is the fixed handles. This may seem petty however on more than one occasion I have had a grind in my teeth when helping a good buddy of mine maneuver his Trident with the string attached grips. The new fixed grip handles make lifting, loading, dragging, carrying, and all other aspects of manhandling the Ultra a much more manageable task.
Moving along, the front hatch cover was also altered. Ocean adopted the lock seal type hatch cover into the Ultra series. After hours on the water, the hull remained completely dry.
At a quick glance, one might think the slender center hatch known as the “Rod Pod” on the Prowler and Trident models was left untouched. One would be wrong. The new hatch actually rotates on a swivel when opened. On one side there is a built in water bottle, and the other side has an abundance of mounting holes for all of your accessories and electronics. The center hatch closes and is latched down and creates an all but waterproof compartment. I became so confident in the dryness of the center hatch, I placed my camera, keys, phone, and a few other important items in the hatch during my excursion. Nothing got wet or damaged.
So, what is a fishing kayak without rod holders? Exactly, it isn’t a fishing kayak. The Ultra 4.3 comes with 4 flush mounted rod holders, two rearward and two forward. I really became a fan of the forward rod holders. Part of my fishing technique was leaving a line dragging the bottom while placed in the rod holder, at the same time another. I was able to keep my eye on the rod in the holder while working my other lure.
Moving along to the rear of the Ultra 4.3, Ocean modified the tank well. The tank well is very roomy allowing for your own crate, tackle bags, and other gear. However, Ocean also now makes a fitted insulated storage pod that slips right into the tank well of the 4.3 and 4.7.
Overall, I was very pleased with the kayak. The kayak drains itself very well, keeping me dry(as dry as one can expect in a kayak). The upgrades to the Ultra series were well thought out and serve their purpose effectively. The Ultra tracks well, even without a rudder system. It is just an all around good platform. I would confidently recommend this kayak to anyone looking for a great quality angling style kayak.

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