Viking Kayak Comes to ACK

As many of you have seen/heard, we will now be adding Viking Kayak to our lineup. These boats are imported from over in New Zealand and we’re very excited to be the first US retailer to offer them.

Three Viking Kayak Profish Reloads ready to launch!
Three Viking Kayak Profish Reloads ready to launch!

We plan on carrying 2 of the Viking Kayak models: the Profish Reload and the Profish 400 with 2 color choices per model. The Reload will come in a Yellow/Black combination called Yellow Mist as well as a Gray/Black combination called Shades of Gray. The Profish 400 on the other hand will come in Green/Black called Lime Mist and also Orange/Black called Sunrise Mist.

Viking Kayak Profish Reload
Rigged Viking Kayak Profish 400

The Profish Reload measures a hair over 14.5 feet, is 29.5″ wide and weighs in a 63 pounds. This kayak is ideal for tackling large bodies of water, but drafts shallow enough to handle the flats with ease. The center console, called the Tackle Pod, comes with the boat and provides an enclosed area for on-board tackle management. The pod also allows for the easy mounting of a fish finder. A recess on the bottom of the pod provides a safe tucked away location for the transducer to ride up in too. A replacement center console can be purchased to replace the Tackle Pod, and it provides a flat deck space with an included child seating area.

The Profish 400 measures just under 13.5 feet, is 31″ wide and weighs in 53 pounds. Unlike the Reload, the 400 has a molded in well in the center of the boat that can be used for gear storage or even as a live bait well. Due to its wider stance, the 400 is relatively easy to stand in and provides a great sight casting platform.

The Viking Kayak Chill Pod
The Viking Kayak Chill Pod

We will also be selling various Viking Kayak accessories that go with the new boats. The Chill Pod is a very easy to open ice box for kayak anglers looking to keep their catch cold. Both the 400 and the Reload’s rear tankwell will accept this cool product. A rudder kit is available for either boat, but it is a little different than what we are used to here in the US. This particular rudder does not extend down past the bottom of the boat, but in no way does that detract from its performance. These boats will turn very quickly due to the surface area of the rudder blade. Other accessories we will carry will be a Viking branded hatch bucket with screw on lid, additional flush mount rod holders, and a clear center pod lid for the Profish 400.

We are very excited to have Viking on board and hope you are too! These are now available for pre-order and will actually start shipping near the end of April. Let us know what you think by commenting below.

New Kayak Models for 2014

Every winter, manufacturers begin releasing new products for the new year in time for spring and every year the selection at ACK.com gets a little bigger.

In 2014, we added quite a few new models for kayak fishing like the Striker, Big Game II, Lure, Slayer Propel and Ride 115X. Ya, that’s a lot! But it wasn’t all fishing kayaks that were released for 2014, and we’ve got some other exciting models slated to land near the end of the month. Here’s more of what’s new for 2014!

Advanced Elements PackLite

Pack it up, and pack it up small with Advanced Element’s newest inflatable kayak, the PackLite. This ultra-light kayak weighs less than 4 lbs  and packs down to an unbelievable 11″ x 11″ x 5″. It’s not going to be the highest performing inflatable kayak around but it doesn’t have a price tag that you’d expect for one either. At just $299.99, the PackLite is a great option for paddlers looking to take on a remote lake or stream or for those who have limited storage space in their travel bag or at home.

PackLite

Perception Sport Striker

Perception Sport has done it again with this new entry level model designed for the kayak angler at a great price. The Striker has a simple design and, thanks to its Tri-Hull design, is quick, stable and has a weight capacity of 500 lbs.  One notable feature its its two tiered seating area so paddlers can choose between a high vantage point or low paddling position. For anglers looking to get started kayak fishing, the Striker is a great place to look.

Perception Sport Striker

Ocean Kayak Big Game II

Ocean Kayak updated the Big Game kayak for 2014 with a slew of new features geared toward kayak fishing. They’ve integrated a number of features found in the Predator (from their sister company Old Town) including the high/low Element Seating System and mounting brackets. As you might’ve guessed by it’s name, or even just by looking at it, this is a ‘yak that’s stable as all get out and meant to hold your gear. As much as you can pile on. Kayak anglers who value comfort and stability should give the Big Game II a look.

Ocean Kayak Big Game II

Feelfree Lure

The latest kayak fishing model to land at ACK comes from Feelfree and is called the Lure. This thing is made for fishing, especially if you like standing and casting. Like many of today’s fishing models, the Lure comes equipped with an adjustable seating system, called the Gravity Seat. Its also got a padded standing platform with a standing assist strap and a cool ridged rod keeper area near the bow to make it easy to lay down your rods while you paddle. Definitely one to look into for anglers who prefer the fly.

Feelfree Lure

Native Watercraft Slayer 13 Propel

Earlier this year, Native combined their very popular Slayer kayak with their Propel Drive and the Slayer 13 Propel was born. This has quickly become one of the most popular pedal-powered fishing kayaks around. It’s stable, quick on the water with the drive and even with a paddle, turns easy with the rudder system and it’s First Class seating system makes it very comfortable. Give it a look!

 

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel

Wilderness Systems Ride 115X

This year, Wilderness Systems updated their popular Ride 115 to make it more kayak fishing friendly. One of the major features of the Ride 115X is the new removable console which revels a large pass through the hull with a battery storage area that allows for quick and easy installation of a transducer, battery and head unit. Wildy has done a great job tweaking this model with small changes only an angler would notice, like the addition of scuppers in the standing area and increased bulkhead width.

Wilderness Systems Ride 115X

Wilderness Systems Focus

Wilderness Systems’ completely new model for 2014 is the Focus.  Intended to blend the stability and predictability of the Tsunami with the speed and efficiency of the Tempest, the Focus caters to the more assertive intermediate level paddler that’s looking to take their paddling to the next level. The Focus comes sized at either 14.5 feet or 15.5 feet and has an optional rudder kit.

Wilderness Systems Focus

Coming Soon

While there are sure to be many more models in 2014, we already have four on our radar slated to arrive in the next couple months. Stay tuned for more details on each!

Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Series – Arriving March

The Ultimate FX is loaded with features for the kayak angler like Native’s High/Low seating system, newly improved standing areas, built in anchor trolley’s and much more. We’ll be covering this series in greater depth when they arrive later this month.

Pyranha Nano – Arriving April

The Nano is a short river running boat that’s super maneuverable and compact.  It’s a great balance of a play, creek and down river whitewater kayak that will push advanced paddlers to explore parts of the river that a bigger boat can’t reach.

Pyranha Fusion Sit On Top – Arriving April

The brand new Fusion SOT will open river paddling to a whole new group of people. With this crossover whitewater / recreational kayak, just about anyone can jump in and have a blast right away.

Pyranha Burn III – Arriving April

Used by intermediate and world class whitewater paddlers alike, the Burn III is finally making it’s ACK debut later this month. This is the benchmark in precision river running and creek kayaking for 2014.

So which model are you most excited about? Let us know by commenting below!

Feelfree Lure Lands at ACK!

The Feelfree Lure is here!

The Feelfree Lure is here!
The Feelfree Lure is here!

Our first shipment of the new Feelfree Lure has landed at ACK! I grabbed one quick as I could and got it unwrapped to take an up close look. Our Houston store team had a chance to play with one during the Boat Shows, but this was the first time they had made it to the ACK Warehouse.

The Feelfree Lure is clearly made for fishing – especially if you like standing and casting. Like many fishing kayaks, it’s got a adjustable elevated seating system, called the Gravity Seat, with a padded standing platform in front of it (along with a standing assist strap). The hull uses Feelfree’s tri-hull design, which they also utilize in their Moken series. Also, like the Moken series, the Lure’s have flush mounted rod holders with rod leashes and plenty of dry storage space. One nice addition they’ve made is a ridged rod keeper area near the bow to make it easy to lay down your rods while you paddle. See it below in the pictures.

At 11.5 feet, I see this ‘yak being a great fit for anglers who use the fly as well anyone use likes to kayak fish on rivers, lakes or even saltwater bays. Give the Feelfree Lure a look, and remember these are now in stock and ready to ship!

Prowler Big Game II Lands At ACK!

The Prowler Big Game II is here!
The Prowler Big Game II is here!

The Prowler Big Game II is here!

Our first shipment of the newly revamped Prowler Big Game II has landed at ACK and I gotta say, this ‘yak is slick! Ocean Kayak has taken a note from sister company Old Town and integrated a number of features from the new Predator kayak into their 2014 version Prowler Big Game II. This includes things like mounting brackets and the high/low Element Seating System.

You can tell right off the bat that this kayak is meant for big stability and comfort. It’s got stern stringers designed to carry volume in the rear of the kayak and plenty of convenient features like the easy to adjust Glide Track foot braces, paddle keepers and new comfort carry handles.

It’s also a ‘yak meant to hold your gear. Between the Mod Pod center hatch and 6 strategically placed mounting brackets, there’s plenty of ways to mount after-market accessories like Scotty, Ram and YakAttack. Couple that with a weight capacity of 550-600 lbs and you can imagine that the Prowler Big Game II will hold just about anything you can think of.

Watch Mike Garcia give a run down of the new Prowler Big Game II at our booth at the Austin Boat Show:

We’ve had pre-orders on this kayak since late last year so quite a few of the ones we got in this first shipment went right out the door. Don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty to ship, so place your order with us today: http://www.austinkayak.com/products/13773/Ocean-Kayak-Prowler-Big-Game-Angler-II-Kayak.html

 

10 Ways to Surprise Them with a Kayak for the Holidays

Surprise them with a kayak this year!
Surprise them with a kayak this year!

Who wants to wake up to find a shiny new kayak sitting under their tree? Everyone! However, kayaks usually don’t fit under the trees and are tough to hide.

To help with this problem, we’ve come up with 10 fun ways to surprise that special someone and create a memory that will last for years to come!

1. Hang one of our kayak ornaments to your tree with a note. It might take them a moment to notice the new decoration, but when they do they’ll certainly be surprised!

2. Snap a picture of the new kayak and stick it inside their stocking. No one ever expects to find a kayak in their stocking!

3. Send them on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Find a good hiding spot for the kayak and leave clues for them to find it. Get as creative as you want with this one but remember that you’ll probably have to help them out or follow along if it’s too hard!

4. Give it your best wrapping job. While wrapping a kayak won’t really keep someone from guessing what the gift is, adding a little something will help make it more special! You can keep things simple and put a bow on it OR you can go overboard with a several rolls of wrapping paper. You bought them the kayak…now watch them struggle trying to tear all of the paper off of it!

5. Decorate the kayak like a tree. The kayak won’t usually fit under the tree because it’s about as tall or taller than your average Christmas tree. Solution? Ditch the tree! Stand your kayak up vertically in the spot you’d normally put your Christmas tree and wrap it in lights, streamers, pine boughs and other decorations. It’ll take some planning but this would be a very unique way to give someone  a new kayak for the holidays!

6. Dress up like Santa and paddle their gift to shore. This is another one that’ll take some planning, but if you have a way to lure the recipient near water, having Santa deliver the gift himself would make for a very fun, and memorable, surprise. Dress up in your best Santa costume and paddle up to them from a hidden spot at just the right time. Hopefully it’s a warm costume!

7. Hide it in plain sight and wait for them to notice. Sometimes a good surprise just requires a little subtly. Hang it up in the garage or put it out on the porch and wait for them to discover it for themselves. Of course, you can always drop hints to point them in the right direction!

8. Who said the tree needs to be inside? If there’s a large enough tree in your front or back yard, put a nice big bow on the kayak and lay it underneath. Then just let them know that something is waiting for them outside!

9. Let them start by unwrapping gear that only makes sense to use with a kayak. If you’re getting them kayaking accessories to go along with the kayak, let them unwrap one of those first. See how long it takes for them to figure out why you just gave them a kayak paddle!

10. Put it on the roof and tell them you think Santa’s sleigh crashed landed on the house last night. This would work best with a red kayak and with a few extra holiday decorations. Oh, and make sure there’s an easy way to bring it down once the surprise is over!

Of course, the options are endless when it comes to giving a gift, especially one as awesome as a new kayak. Have some fun with it and make a great gift even greater! If you think of your own creative way to surprise them with a kayak, make sure to let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

BREAKING NEWS – There’s a New Predator at Old Town!

The Predator 13 in action.
The Predator 13 in action.

The suspense has been killing us here at ACK!  We have been excited for the unveiling of Old Town Canoes & Kayak’s “New Predator on the Water” and we’re definitely not disappointed.  It just so happens that ACK will be one of the first retailers to get these bad-boys in stock, so pre-order the Predator MX or Predator 13 so you can get it in the water ASAP!

Old Town, Maine (June 13, 2013) Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, one of the most storied brands in the paddlesports industry, today launched the new Predator kayak. Developed in combination with Old Town’s renowned designers and pro staff members throughout the country, the Predator is completely engineered, below and above the waterline, to deliver the perfect platform for fishing.

The Predator brings anglers closer to the water and the action with nearly unlimited options to customize the kayak around their specific equipment and unique needs. Featuring six strategically-placed, removable mounting plates, the Predator enables consumers to install rod holders, GPS units, fish finders, cameras and more virtually anywhere around the boat without drilling into the hull so they can tailor the craft for their personal style.

The Predator 13
The Predator 13

The Predator boasts standout features including the three-stage Element™ seating system that can be lowered for paddling, raised for fishing or even flipped out of the way in stand-up mode for poling, sighting and casting. The proprietary, slip resistant Exo-Ridge™ deck is designed for sure footing and superior drainage, while the Tri-hull construction provides both incredible durability and stability. A package unique in the marketplace, the Old Town Predator ensures anglers can paddle in comfort, arrange equipment to their exact specifications and even stand to fish.

Designing the Predator.
Designing the Predator.

“In designing and building the Predator, we set out to turn convention upside down and deliver a totally new fishing experience,” said David Hadden, Old Town Brand Director. “The Predator still delivers the stability and comfort kayak anglers demand, but the ability to customize this kayak to your specific needs, and adjust it on the fly as your needs change, helps set it miles ahead of the competition.”

The Predator possesses a large capacity center console for maximum storage and additional mounting options, while dual rod tip holders at the bow help store valuable fishing rods safely and securely. Other key features include a large bow hatch with Old Town’s patented Click Seal cover, scupper holes for quick drainage, large rear tank well with Exo-Ridge design to keep gear accessible and dry, paddle keepers, adjustable foot braces and side-mounted rod retainers that allow for convenient grab and cast.

The Predator is tailor made to accept aftermarket options like Scotty™ outriggers, Steady Stand-Up Bar and a Minn Kota™ trolling motor mount. Available in two new models, Old Town Predator kayaks land at authorized dealers in Summer 2013.

Key Specifications

Predator 13:

  • Length: 13’ 2”
  • Width: 33.5”
  • Seat Height: 15”
  • Leg Length: 48”
  • Weight: 72 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 400-425 lbs.
  • MSRP: $1,299 US

Predator MX:

  • Length: 12”
  • Width: 34”
  • Seat Height: 15”
  • Leg Length: 48”
  • Weight: 68 lbs.
  • Max Capacity: 375-400 lbs.
  • MSRP: $ $1,199 US