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 bought this kayak in April of 2017 and gladly sold it two months later. Even by wide fishing kayak standards, this boat is SLOW! You would go faster paddling a log. When you stop paddling the boat almost immediately stops, zero glide. I'm extremely strong and was using a decent paddle, Werner Tybee Hooked and this kayak completely wore me out paddling it. If you're going to paddle more than a mile on still water you better eat your spinach. Paddling in the wind? You're going nowhere. This boat is suited for moderate/fast moving water or very small lakes and ponds. There's no leg room. I only have a 33 inch inseam and even with the foot braces extended all the way my knees were up so high they got in the way of paddling. The "wheel in the keel" really doesn't work that well. Pulling this boat just ends up being a wrist twisting balancing act. This boat will tip when transporting it and the flanges that come down that hold the wheel scrap the ground. This isn't good when on concrete since this is part of your hull. You would be better off building/buying a two wheel cart than relying on the wheel on the back of this thing and it also probably creates drag when you're in the water. The bow hatch was warped and let water in. Cheap design and construction on the bow hatch. FeelFree's website says it weighs 72 lbs., this site says 75 lbs., but mine with the seat and no modifications done weighed exactly 80 lbs. I was using accurate scales. The seat is very comfy, BUT it constantly slides all around. There should be rubber on the bottom of the seat or on the kayak in the seat area to stop the seat from sliding. The clasps on the seat are huge, bulky and a heavy metal, complete overkill. The straps for the back of the seat are ridiculous; there's no need for excessively long, wide nylon straps that could tow a car to hold a kayak seat upright, 1/4" bungee would do. Again, complete overkill and yes the back seat straps have the huge, heavy metal clasps too. The uni-tracks will only accept the FeelFree Accessory mount. If you want to mount any other product to the tracks you have to buy adaptors and they work, but they are a complete rip off for what you get. I knew this before I bought the kayak, so I can't complain. This is just FYI for you. Does one person really need four drink holders? It tracks extremely well, no rudder needed. Even in the wind it tracks great, but you'll be moving at snail speed. Other than the bow hatch, this boat is built well, top notch quality. Is it stable? Yes, it's extremely stable. You would have to put effort into tipping this kayak. The molded in handles are nice. This boat was definitely not for me.
Stable. Stable. Stable. I bought it for stability and that's 100% of what I got. Nice layout of features and storage. -1 star for proprietary track system that needs adapter for common rail items.