The FeelFree Moken 12.5 Angler takes fishing technology to a whole new level. FeelFree's new Uni-Track quick-release track system lets you customize your kayak with all of your accessories and the Easy Seal hatch offers one of the driest hatches on the market. The Moken 12.5 Angler is stable, maneuverable, and easy to transport thanks to FeelFree's unique Wheel in the Keel. The Wheel in the Keel gets you from your tailgate to the action without wearing you OR your kayak out. It also features a standing platform, internal rod storage, molded-in carry handles, built-in rod holders, center-mount flip-up console, ample rear storage for a storage crate or bait tank, adjustable footrests, and a comfortable Kingfisher seat. The Moken 12.5 Angler is everything you ever thought about in a fishing kayak.
|Length:||12 ft 7 in / 3.84 m|
|Width:||32 in / 81.28 cm|
|Weight:||75 lb / 34.02 kg|
|Capacity:||419 lb / 190.06 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||46 in / 116.8|
|Leg Room - Total:||49 in / 124.5 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Rod Holders Included:||2|
My Moken 12.5 was delivered two days ago and arrived in excellent condition. It was well wrapped and included all that I ordered including PFD and storage racks. I also had ACK install a rudder system which required some minor final assembly (would be difficult to ship with the rudder extended). Total time from order to delivery was about 10 calendar days. I'm new to the sport of kayak fishing, so please keep that in mind. I have rigged the boat with a milk crate, and a Scotty rod holder (mounted on uni track). That's about all I've done to it so far. I transport the yak in the back of my short bed Toyota Tacoma pickup with a bed extender that gives me an extra three feet. The boat hangs off an additional two feet or so. My first observation is this boat is heavy and kind of a barge compared to what I expected. The wheel in the keel is a great feature, but even with that, a lot of muscle is required to load and unload by yourself. Because the yak has a pretty pronounced keel, when lifting from the bow handle and using the wheel, it is very tippy and you must use two hands to man handle it so it doesn't flip over. The molded in handles port and starboard are great tiedown points to secure in the truck. Using the large front hatch, I was able to put my fishing rod and PFD in there for transport to the lake. Nothing remarkable about unloading, much easier with gravity on my side, but mind the lateral control on the way down the boat ramp. I bass fished on a local lake for a few hours and loved the yak, and got a few compliments on it. I'm not an experienced kayaker, but it seemed to paddle very easy and the rudder was nice for fine tuning and keeping me parallel to the bank. Drift speed on a calm lake was perfect to work the shoreline. At the end of the trip I unloaded all my gear and put back out to try and stand on the installed platform. I will try again in the future, but it did not feel very stable and I'm sure I would have gone swimming if I had tried to cast. Probably something I'd get more comfortable with after some practice. I am very happy with this kayak package and would recommend the Feel Free Moken 12.5. It's on the large side, but I wanted a boat I could take into inshore areas as I work my way up to that. ACK puts together a nice discount package deal with PFD and paddle, and I plan to buy my daughter's yak from them very soon.
The kayak tracks very well.. nice and stable ....easy to move around and load due to the wheel in the back...Lots of storage and for the most part well built....Now for the bad ...The center hatch is nice but because of its length and where the straps are located causes it to bow in the center and allows water to seep in ..The front hatch has 3 locking points that are held together by a single screw and has on several occasions slipped and will not allow me to open the hatch without a lot of difficulty...These are issues that keep me from giving it 5 stars and wish there was a fix for the front hatch....I fixed the center hatch by installing a strap in the middle to straighten out the bow
I found the Moken 12.5 very stable and very comfortable spending better than 8 hours at a time fishing. It also tracks very well and even on windy days you can paddle right along
I purchased this kayak at the start of summer, so I've had plenty of opportunities to use it in various locations and conditions. First off, the kayak is very appealing - there's no doubt about that. I chose the sun camo color and It gets a lot of attention. More importantly, however, is the functionality of this boat. It's a fishing vessel first and foremost; stability is phenomenal. From moving around in the kayak to grab gear, hanging legs off the side, landing fish, and even standing (in calmer water), this thing is very stable. I've been in close proximity to boats and jet skis and this kayak handles the wake like a champ. I've never come close to tipping over. But with so much stability comes a problem. And that is speed. This is a fairly slow kayak. If you're an efficient paddler, then you can get this kayak going at a moderate pace, but facing a headwind is harsh. I purchased the rudder kit as well and its so worth it. Tracking is great and its also useful for drift fishing to control the angle of the boat. Turning radius is good. Other strong points of this kayak include the storage capacity, comfortable seating, uni track system, and of course the wheel in the keel. I haul this kayak in the back of my truck with a bed extender. I don't have any difficulty getting it in or out. The wheel in the keel definitely helps with unloading and portage -- Great feature! All in all, I really like this kayak. Speed is an issue, but as some others have said "I'd rather be fishing than swimming". It's an affordable boat suitable for a newbie for sure.