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- Native Watercraft Manta Ray Propel Angler
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- Build QualityEditor: 90%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 87%
- ComfortEditor: 92%
- StabilityEditor: 89%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 92%
Anglers who routinely target shy or easily spooked fish must be very careful when selecting a kayak. Pick the wrong model and you’ll end up scaring away the fish before you get within casting range. But there are a few vessels, such as Native Watercraft’s Manta Ray Propel Angler 12, which are specifically designed to slice through the water without disturbing the surface or creating any more noise than necessary.
But the Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 is more than just a quiet kayak, it also provides the type of stability most anglers want, and it comes equipped with the Propel Pedal Drive system, which allows riders to cruise around the lake quickly and easily.
- Propel Pedal Drive System allows you to reach high speeds
- Included recess for mounting a transducer
- Accessory rails allow you to add additional equipment
- Only supports 325 pounds of rider and gear
- No skid plate is included
- No thigh pads are provided
- No deck padding is provided
The Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 is based around an exaggerated teardrop design, meaning that the bow and stern are both exceptionally thin and sharp, while the middle bulges out and provides plenty of room, excellent tracking and great stability.
It is equipped with a rudder-protecting keel that will help prevent problems in shallow water, but it does not feature a skid plate, so you’ll need to be careful when paddling through shallow waters. However, because most anglers will use the craft with the pedal drive installed, you’ll need to avoid water that isn’t at least 12 to 18 inches deep.
The Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 provides a pretty impressive amount of storage space. A large, bungee-secured hatch is located at the bow, while a large cargo deck (which is also equipped with bungee cords) is located at the stern and provides a place to store your live well or cooler.
A 5-inch hatch is also situated right behind the seat, as are two flush-mount rod holders. Two accessory rails are provided for mounting fish finders, GPS units or rod holders, and a cup holder is located on the right side of the cockpit.
Like most Native Watercraft vessels, the Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 provides a very comfortable ride. The seat is hand-sewn and fully adjustable, so you can attain a comfortable pedaling position – you can even slide the seat forward or backward to ensure the perfect leg position for your body. No thigh pads are included, which is mildly disappointing, but shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for most anglers.
The Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 is a fairly stable craft. It isn’t designed for extremely choppy water, but it’ll handle moderate waves and wakes without problem. Most anglers will feel completely comfortable and confident while pedaling or paddling, and some may even be comfortable sitting sideways or standing on the craft.
Unfortunately, the vessel doesn’t have a very impressive weight capacity, as it is only designed to support 325 pounds. This means that large anglers and those who like to bring along a ton of tackle and gear may want to look for a different kayak.
The Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 is a very nimble craft, which tracks very well and turns on a dime. The included rudder system (which is controlled via a lever on the left side of the cockpit) helps keep you traveling in a straight line when crossing large expanses of open water, and the Propel Pedal Drive System operates in forward or reverse, which makes it extremely easy to maintain your position while fishing.
Fully rigged, the kayak weighs less than 90 pounds, so some anglers may be able to carry it by themselves, although most will want to use a cart or solicit the help of a friend when moving it to or from the water.
The Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 isn’t the ideal kayak for all anglers, as it has a fairly modest capacity and lacks the storage space that many other kayaks provide. It also lacks a few of the bells and whistles that some comparably priced kayaks provide, such as thigh pads, a skid plate and deck padding.
However, it is exceptionally quiet and maneuverable and provides a very comfortable ride. Additionally, some anglers will feel that it is stable enough to permit standing.
|Model||Manta Ray Propel Angler 12|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
|Color(s)||Copperhead, Hidden Oak, Lizard Lick|
|Length (ft / cm)||12'2" / 371cm|
|Width (in / cm)||33" / 84cm|
|Height (in / cm)||12" / 30cm|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||89 lbs / 40.4kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||325 lbs / 147kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||No|
|Other Included Items||None|