Ron Mc wrote:
BowBuddy wrote:I like the new Tarpons
to me, they look the same as the 2009 Tarpon, which I'm not complaining - I like my T160 - but they do offer Helix drive in T130X.
Or is it now the Radar 135?
I can't be cost-effective to inventory 11 SOT models along with 19 SINK models.
They know Tarpon sells, Thresher, ATAK doesn't, etc. Wilderness has to discontinue some boat models.
It's a shame about the T160, but I have mine, and I guess it makes the used market bullish for T160.
I agree, the updates that I saw of the Tarpon 100 and 120 look mostly just cosmetic, which A-OK in my book. I doubt they'll drop the 140 and 160, they're too popular of a kayak. I bet they're getting updated as well and Wildy is clearing current inventory to make way for the redesign.
I didn't notice, but the Tarpon 130X is not on their website anymore too. Hmmm, I would have thought that one stuck around with its motor drive option.
The Thresher I think was the a good kayak at the wrong time. I also think its initial sales were bolstered by the thought it would accept the not-yet-released pedal drive from Wildy. Then word got out the pedal drive wasn't compatible and it ticked a few people off.
Wildy's pedal drive is only compatible with the Radar line up, and think that was a bad screw up. A pedal drive within the ATAK and Tarpon should have also been considered. Wildy hyped the ATAK as their ultimate angler kayak and then didn't incorporate the pedal drive. They would have sold a lot more ATAKs had they done that. It's clear with what's been released at iCast this year is Wildy is targeting the entry level market with inexpensive pedal kayaks, which is necessary.
My fear is the Ride series is going to go away permanently (being replaced by the, IMO, inferior Patrol series). Which is a shame, because the Ride series actually predates the Tarpon series by a few years (1995/96 vs 1998/99). It's one of the longest production run series of all time.