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- Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel 13
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- Build QualityEditor: 90%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 92%
- ComfortEditor: 90%
- StabilityEditor: 94%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 92%
Kayaks with propulsion systems are quite attractive for many anglers, as they not only allow you to rely on the big muscles in your legs, butt and back to get around the water, they also allow you to keep your hands free for fishing. But the problem is, propulsion systems – no matter the style – tend to increase the weight of the craft drastically. This can make it difficult to load the vessel on your car and transport it to and from the water.
Fortunately, a few manufacturers produce very lightweight propeller-driven kayaks, to help address this issue. The Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel 13 is a great example of such a craft, and it happens to be the lightest 13-foot-long, pedal-driven kayak available.
- Pedal-drive system can propel the kayak forward or backward
- Abundant storage space provided
- Included rudder system makes the craft easy to control
- No skid plate is included
- Included propulsion system will require you to use extreme caution in shallow water
- No stand-assist strap included
The Ultimate FX Propel 13 is a rigid and durable craft, but it features a number of design concepts that help ensure it doesn’t handle like a freight barge. For example, the tunnel style hull provides great stability, while two small keels (one at the starboard, one at the bow) help to ensure the vessel tracks, turns and handles well on the water.
The Ultimate FX Propel 13 also features a built-in transducer mounting plate and a transducer cable channel for routing the cords and keeping them safe. No skid plate is included, but because of the pedal-drive system, you’ll already need to be careful while cruising through shallow waters.
The Ultimate FX Propel 13 provides anglers with plenty of space to store their gear. A very large storage hatch (with bungee cords) is found at the bow, while a large, flat cargo deck (which also includes bungee cords) is located behind the seat.
Additionally, an adjustable and removable thwart box is placed behind the seat. One rod holder is built into the right side of the cockpit, while the thwart box provides two additional rod holders. There is also storage space beneath the seat.
The Ultimate FX Propel 13 provides quite a luxurious ride, which is designed to keep you comfortable during even the longest trips. The included seat is hand-sewn, provides great back support and is fully adjustable.
The cockpit is relatively roomy, and most anglers should find that it provides plenty of leg room. Premium deck padding is also provided to help keep your feet comfortable while you’re standing up to sight, paddle or fish.
You’ll never have to worry about stability with the Ultimate FX Propel 13. It is wide and stable enough to handle moderate swells or choppy waters with ease, and most anglers will find it easy to stand up in the vessel.
Additionally, because the craft boats a 400-pound capacity, you’ll be able to bring along plenty of gear without causing the kayak to ride uncomfortably low in the water.
Generally speaking, the Ultimate FX Propel 13 is a very maneuverable kayak. At 13.5 feet long, it doesn’t turn on a dime, but it should perform adequately in this respect for most anglers. Additionally, because the included pedal-drive system operates in forward and reverse, you’ll often be able to avoid turning around altogether.
Additionally, the vessel tracks remarkably well, thanks to the built-in keels and included rudder system. The craft also includes bow and stern carrying handles to make it easier to transport from your vehicle to the water and back.
The Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel 13 is not an entry-level kayak, and it is probably priced outside of the budgets of most beginning kayakers. However, for those who are ready to enjoy a true top-of-the-line vessel, with an advanced pedal system, hand-operated rudder and first-class seat, the Ultimate FX Propel 13 is a great option.
It provides plenty of storage space for all of your equipment and is capable of carrying 400 pounds of rider and gear, so you won’t be forced to leave anything behind on the launch ramp. The kayak handles and tracks well and is stable enough that most anglers will feel comfortable standing up while fishing. Finally, the Ultimate FX Propel 13 is the lightest pedal-driven vessel of its size on the market, which makes it much easier to transport.
|Model||Ultimate FX Propel 13|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
|Color(s)||blue lagoon, copperhead, hidden oak, lizard lick|
|Length (ft / cm)||13'6" / 411cm|
|Width (in / cm)||32.5" / 82.55cm|
|Height (in / cm)||12.5" / 32cm|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||98 lbs / 44.45kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||400 lbs / 181.4kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||N/A|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||No|
|Other Included Items||None|