Touring Paddles are a distinctive blend of power and lightness in four distinct paddle designs. These paddles possess a radiant translucence in sunlight that is highly visible and exceptionally beautiful.
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At 12 feet in length with a 30” beam, the Caribbean 12’s stability is extraordinary, yet the highly efficient hull design and hard, abrasion resistant Carbonlite material lets her glide through the water with ease. Tracking is exceptional for a twelve footer, making travel over distance much easier. Easy turns are accomplished with a slight lean and sweep. Eddyline applied the principles of the unique Gull Wing configuration on the Caribbean hull to retain efficiency and tracking while maximizing stability and maneuverability. The height of the seat produced by this configuration allows more comfort and better visibility while allowing the cockpit and tank well to drain effectively.
The large front hatch, center day hatch and rear hatch give easy access to most of the interior space. The cockpit features Sea Dog foot pedals, Gear Bucket in the Center Day Hatch and a comfortable high back seat. The seat well even has its own drain to keep you dry! Perfectly balanced carbon fiber side carry handles make the carry to the water’s edge effortless. Mounting tracks for accessories and an abundance of mounting surfaces provide a wide variety of options for customizing the boat to suit your specific needs. Two scuppers in the cockpit and two in the tank well keep the deck drained well up to loads of 300 lbs.
Finished with our high gloss UV resistant Carbonlite material, you will appreciate all that we have incorporated into this exciting kayak. The Caribbean 12 is the perfect, lightweight platform to build out to your own specifications and custom outfitting.
Individual Factory-installed options include: Footwell traction pads, Foot Controlled Navigator Rudder, Stern Tank Well Cover, Flush Mount Rod Holders, Front Hatch Liner, and many other options.
Caribbean 12 in Action
Testing the New Eddyline Caribbean
Victor Woolworth from Headwaters Fishing Team gives a brief walkthrough of the 2012 Eddyline Caribbean Sit on Top
Steve Murrill Great Lakes Kayaks
Looks like a FERRARI IN EDDYLINE CLOTHING!!! Beautiful and elegant are not sufficient to describe the first reaction.
Dan Arbuckle – Headwaters Kayaks
The new Eddyline Caribbean is a blast! At 45 pounds it was a breeze to carry to and from the water. The large carbon carry handle made it easy to shoulder and makes a great place to grab when doing re entries. The initial stability of this kayak is better than any other 30” wide kayak I have tested, yet because of the efficient hull design and Carbonlite material, it was very speedy on the water. All and all, I think Eddyline hit a total home run with the Caribbean.
07-26-2013Submitted by: —
Rating: 10 of 10
I bought the Eddyline Caribbean 12 at the 2012 East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival. I wanted a kayak more suited to fishing than my Wilderness Tsunami, and also one that I could easily handle solo for launching and for loading onto my vehicle.
The 12 foot Caribbean was perfect for my needs. At 45 lbs, it easily beat out the most popular fishing kayaks that weigh in at 65 lbs and more. I can heft the Caribbean with one hand, if necessary. My Caribbean has two built-in rod holders, and side tracks for mounting other accessories.
On the water, I can easily stand up and throw my bait cast net in the shallows, before paddling out to my target sites. My soft cooler stows in the front, under the watertight hatch. I can secure my pfd and milk crate in the rear section, using the built-in deck cords. The watertight bucket, just forward of the seat, is great for stowing my wallet, keys, and camera. It’s also handy for keeping those favorite lures for quick changes. When not on the water, my 7-foot rods store inside the hull under the secure hatch covers.
The Caribbean paddles great, provides a stable platform for fishing, and it’s pretty to boot!
11-19-2014 Submitted by: Mike
Rating: 9 of 10
Good solid construction and good looks. A stable dry ride, more so than many. Seat drain works well and no backwash from the scuppers. Seat squeak is a thing of the past and older boats can be retrofitted with an insert.
You get what you pay for. As a past reviewer said, there are cheaper boats out there, but what you are paying for is lighter weight. Eddyline’s Carbonlite 2000 can be 20 lbs lighter than a roto boat at 12′. It might not be any faster, but it take a lot less energy to push it through the water. You’ll still be paddling when your buddy paddling a roto poops out. It’s also a lot tougher when it come to oyster bars.
09-05-2015 Submitted by: horsemarine
Rating: 10 of 10
I have had the Caribbean 12 for two years now and absolutely love it. I use it on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Fla. for photography and relaxation. It is balanced well for getting those shots you have to turn your body quickly, no tipping which is a wonderful thing when carrying expensive camera equipment. LOVE MY EDDYLINE!!!!
05-04-2016 Submitted by: Pattie
Rating: 10 of 10
Purchased Caribbean 12 in April after researching products and costs for about 1 year. Live in Florida so wanted a sit-on-top, tracked well, lightweight enough that I can maneuver it on car and off for my later years. The kayak is made of a composite material and weighs roughly 45 lbs.
Kayak is everything I wanted it to be. I use J hooks to hold on car. It took me a few tries until I developed a method to put it on my Vibe small SUV. The kayak goes through the water like butter and with the the design of the bottom, tracks very well through waves in the intercostal waterway. Very stable as well. I also looked at several others in this class. All priced about the same. I chose the Eddyline because of the dealer who encourages demos to be sure of the appropriate kayak to user and also because of the more than adequate storage in the caribbean for what I want to use it for. I also have the upgraded seat which may have been an issue as the other seat was not nearly as comfortable.
Wow! I finally took my Caribbean 12 out for its maiden voyage. I chose a quiet lake on a calm, sunny day. The built in handles were perfectly balanced to carry and load the boat. At 45 pounds, I had no problem keeping over my head and gently laying it down. Once on the water the boat tracked beautifully, and turned easily. I’m 5’10”, 200 lbs. and I had a few inches left in the foot pegs, and didn’t take undo water up through the scuppers. The seat was super comfortable and supported by back perfectly. I rocked and bounced, trying to feel uncomfortable, and felt stable and safe at all times. This is definitely a great boat. I installed the cup and rod holders on the rails, but I need to play around with placement and position. I found that it was difficult to find a position that allowed access for trolling without hitting the line with my paddle. I’ll be adding a few deck fittings, bow line, and installing flush mount rod holders. I really can’t imagine a better 12′ sit-on-top than the Eddyline Caribbean. It will get some serious testing this summer.
Outside Magazine: The 7 Best Boats of Summer 2012 THE TEST: Most sit-on-tops are barges—impossible to lift and heavy in the water. The Caribbean sets a new standard. The boat’s lightweight hull is a slippery blend of acrylic and ABS plastic with a nearly indestructible acrylic cap. The hard glossy finish won’t break down from UV, so you can store it outside. The hull is shaped like a powerboat’s for added stability and reduced drag. The result: it paddles like a decked kayak with a solid, wide platform that beginners, anglers, and photographers all appreciated.