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Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Introduces New Predator XL

Old Town Introduces New Predator XL

Old 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.

“The 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:

Length: 13’ 2” 
Width:  36"
Weight:  92 - 117 lbs.
 Carrying Capacity  600 lbs.

MSRP for models and Consoles:

Predator XL  $1,599 
 Predator XL w/MK  $2,699
 Exo-Ridge Console $99 
 Utility Console $199 
 Motor Console $999 

Old 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






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