This boat is fantastic for kayakers looking for a ride that’s easy to get up to speed and will hold its own in various water conditions. Its award-winning design benefits from a comfier seat and support, too.
This is a robust kayak with features that maximize storage capacity – it appears to tick most of the right boxes if you’re looking for an entry-level kayak, where you can sit on top in a comfy seat – then this might be for you.
Reviewers of this latest iteration of the Caribbean 14 are positively glowing. This is, according to experts, a surprisingly powerful boat that gets up to an amazing rate of acceleration in a short space of time.
Experts suggest that the tracking and acceleration of this kayak are bolstered by its streamlined shape. It cuts through water well, though there’s some concern over how well it will perform in high winds.
The 14FS’ main upgrade is its frame seat, which reviewers state is a big improvement – it raises you up higher in the boat and keeps you drier. This, plus the adjustable foot braces, gives you a higher level of support and comfort.
The storage onboard, too, gets high marks. There are lots of nooks and crannies around the vessel that you can access at short notice, including a hatch behind the seat redesigned to accommodate internal gear storage. All these features add to its versatility and you can use it as a fishing kayak, to float around on a calm lake, or have fun in slow-moving rivers.
Experts don’t say much about durability, but Eddyline Kayaks is an award-winning manufacturer and the boat itself appears to take some punishment.
Expert Reviews of the Eddyline Caribbean 14FS
7.5Headwaters KayakThis is an extremely ergonomic boat - it's super comfy to sit in and paddle on calm water, though I'd recommend a life jacket for optimum safety and comfort. It's impressive at tracking, and for a leisure boat, you can balance on the water; it's ideal for people getting started.Read more
8.3Big Sky FishingThis is a super accessible kayak that handles beautifully on calm waters. It's ideal for cruising along and is remarkably stable to stand up in! I like that you can get up to speed and glide along easily. The seat upgrade is a massive plus, too.Read more
Handling of the Eddyline Caribbean 14FS
Expert Rating: 8.3
7.5Headwaters KayakThis sit-on-top kayak scoots along at a nice pace from just a few short paddles. It's not as fast as a top-end sea kayak, but it gets easier to paddle along as you go. That said, you really can feel the wind pushing against this boat as you travel. Tracking is good, though turning radius is fairly slow.Read more
9.0Big Sky FishingThe design of this boat offers some great tracking - it's clear to see why it's won awards. It's a really nice paddling ride - nothing gets in the way. It's great for cruising.Read more
Stability of the Eddyline Caribbean 14FS
Expert Rating: 8.8
8.5Headwaters KayakFrom the first ride out, this boat feels immediately more stable than many of the competitors I've reviewed. There's absolutely zero rock and roll here! The boat's design really helps to keep it nice and level on the water.Read more
9.0Big Sky FishingAs with handling, the professional design of this boat allows for fantastic stability - you have a kayak that's steady on the water and easy to turn when you need it to. It's really easy to get up and stand in when I need to.Read more
Comfort of the Eddyline Caribbean 14FS
Expert Rating: 7.8
7.5Headwaters KayakThe redesigned removable frame seat has a fantastic high back and it's amazingly ergonomic! It's nicely adjustable and easy to clip in. It's really easy to stay high and dry in this boat, too. It's nice and open, but taller paddlers might find it a little bit of a squeeze. Feels good, though it doesn't support my hips perfectly.Read more
8.0Big Sky FishingThe seat's been improved from the previous model and it really shows! It's easy to pop out and fit back in.Read more
Onboard Storage of the Eddyline Caribbean 14FS
Expert Rating: 7.8
7.0Headwaters KayakThe handle clips onboard this kayak are great - it's nice and easy to find the paddles again if you need to stand up.Read more
8.5Big Sky FishingI like the presence of recessed accessory tracks on this boat - it's really easy to upgrade your boat so it includes cup holders and fishing gear. The console platform with shock cords is a nice touch - it's easy for me to store more gear and a cooler, too. There's a flip hatch and bucket that's simple to open up on the move. There's some impressive volume onboard.Read more
Portability of the Eddyline Caribbean 14FS
Expert Rating: 7.0
7.0Headwaters KayakThis is a nice, easy boat to lift onto a roof rack and transport - it's great value in this respect.Read more
7.0Big Sky FishingThis kayak has great accessible single-handed handles for lifting and for stability while on the water.Read more