The Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Tandem is the choice for tandem paddling! Nimble yet ready to carry everything you need for the day. New outfitting materials now meet the needs of even more paddlers adding to the boats many unique features. The Ultimate 14.5 includes a 1st Class Seat, overmolded handles that are quieter when you are trying to be stealthy, improved arm rest pads and the Groove track system that allows quick and easy installation of a broad range of accessories.
|Length:||14 ft 7 in / 4.45 m|
|Width:||30 in / 76.2 cm|
|Weight:||71 lb / 32.21 kg|
|Capacity:||450 lb / 204.12 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||44|
|Leg Room - Total:||44|
|Leg Room Rear Seat:||42|
|Number of Paddlers:||2 - Tandem|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Well I finally was able to get the boat out a bit this summer and so far is does very well on calm water. Rough water not so much. I recently did a trip on Lake Superior and went out during calm water. It got a little choppy and the boat swamped once. I realize this kayak is not made for big lakes but once swamped it was a nightmare to bail out. Good thing I was close to shore. You need to be a very strong person should you swamp this boat since the water weight is literally hundreds of pounds. Other than that bad experience the boat takes a good line on the water and with the rudder kit. The weight is not too bad considering the accessories either. One other issue I noticed was highway noise. If you do not have the back storage area blocked off you will have a lot of noise about 35 mph when on a vehicle. Plus the straps like to fly around so make sure you secure everything before it is on your vehicle. Other than these few issues the boat is well worth the price.
I purchased the tandem Ultimate 14.5 and I am pleased with it. This is my third kayak. The other two are Wilderness System Tarpon 140s. For fishing I would take the WS Tarpon 140 over this kayak. For taking my 3 year old out for a day I would easily choose this one as the best choice. This kayak is lighter and much faster than the Tarpon 140. I believe the Tarpon 140 is better constructed though. I found the Native to be a bit overpriced for what I got. Having said this I am still satisfied with the boat. I was blown away with the speed ack shipped the boat to me.
Love it! Very stable, tracks well, racks easily and great comfortable seating. Plenty of room for two paddlers and plenty of gear. Lots of great accessories available from Native to outfit the kayak to your personal preference.
Easy to load and unload from the back of my pickup with a bed extender. Slices through the water against a 10 mph headwind. Nicely stable.