The Ultra 4.3 has the same great features of the 4.7 but with more. It has retained the stability and speed and the very functional centre hatch but has more features to make the Prowler Ultra range even better.
First of all I have to say I like the front hatch with a much easier feel about it to take the hatch cover on and off the kayak, there is very snug water proof seal and a easy to operate lock that makes sure the hatch cover will never come of in rough water. This is a huge improvement on previous models in the Prowler Range.
The central hatch is virtually the same as the Ultra 4.7 but this time on the exposed side of the hatch there is more mounting points to attach a rod mount, three in total. As with the 4.7 there is the spot on the hatch cover to mount your Fish Finder and this time the transducer scupper on the kayak will fit other brands of fish finders not just Humminbird as in the past. Just like the previous Ultra inside the rear wall of the central hatch there is thread inserts to fit the optional rod tube.
The seat is a complete unit now which stays attached to the kayak even during transportation on your vehicle. There is a soft seat cushion and an adjustable backrest. Behind the seat there are four rod holders. Two molded in rod holders and two factory fitted flush mounted rod holders. Talking of flush mount rod holders there is still the two gunwale rod holders mounted mid ship in the cockpit area as well as a spot to mount a scotty rod holder mount forward of the centre hatch area towards the bow of the kayak. You really are spoilt for choice for rod holder positions on this kayak.
Behind the seated area of the kayak on the front wall to the rear well there is an access hatch to an area under the seat, the word from Ocean Kayak is that this area can be used for the storage of batteries for your electronics. The kayak has the same large rear well and this will still take the optional ice box that is designed to suit the Ultra 4.7
The same rudder sytem seems have been carried over from the Ultra 4.7, also with running lines to lower and raise the rudder while in the seated position from the cockpit.
On display today was the new Ocean Kayak colour, Lime. This colour has been available in the USA fos some time and it is good to see that Ocean Kayak has introduced the colour to the Australian Colour range. The Lime Green certainly stands out and it is very appealling especailly with the contrasting black trim. The picture I took today however do not do it justice, pity.
Check out some pics below...