Hands free fishing just got better with the Native Watercraft Slayer 13 Propel Kayak. The Slayer 13 Propel has the same open deck layout and fast stable hull as the Slayer series, plus an extra large rudder for quick maneuverability. The Propel system is the only pedal drive that can be pedaled in reverse, an essential capability when battling the catch of the day. The seat can be quickly adjusted forward or backward for a total travel distance of 11" and still have plenty of room behind the seat for tackle boxes. The Slayer 13 features ample foot pads on the deck to increase traction and reduce noise. The open bow trunk is perfect for Native fish bags, PFD storage, and comes with scuppers for drainage when punching through waves or surf, and with Native's groove track mounting rails located on each side from bow to stern customizing the Slayer is a cinch.
|Length:||13 ft 2 in / 4.01 m|
|Width:||33 in / 83.82 cm|
|Weight:||120 lb / 54.43 kg|
|Capacity:||500 lb / 226.8 kg|
|Leg Room - Total:||50 in / 127 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Blue Lagoon †||NRSP1315BL||0848029023965|
I'm comparing this to my old Hobie Mirage Outback since they are very close in size and design. I find the Native to be slightly less stable than the outback, but stable enough to be comfortable even in fairly windy / choppy conditions. The propel system is not as convenient to set up or remove as the Mirage drive, nor is it as smooth pedaling. I'm using this more for exercise than anything else, so the lower efficiency of the propel system will actually benefit me while at the same time I won't be able to make the distances I normally could do with the mirage drive due to exhaustion. I like the first class seat, but would have preferred one more like the Hobie Pro Angler with a complete aluminum frame, instead of the flimsy side straps that tend to slip and loosen on the first class seat. The ability to reverse is nice, but not a big factor unless you are fishing or having to maneuver in tight spaces. The hull appears to be well made and sturdy with a very nice weight capacity for its size. My greatest complaint is the rudder. Even in calm conditions, it is far too small and shallow for the size of the boat and is very slow to respond to any changes in direction and has a very large turn around radius. Considering where I live (South Padre Island) the conditions are usually quite windy and choppy, making the rudder even more of an issue, so much so, that despite Native's unwillingness to make a larger version of the rudder, I am having my local Hobie dealer modify my rudder with some spare plastic from one of his broken boats that will double its depth and hopefully solve the inability to track in a straight line and improve turn radius and response time and require less babysitting of the rudder handle overall. While I have several complaints about this boat, the only serious one that would make using the boat unpleasant is the rudder. If you are in calm waters, it may not be as much of an issue, but if you are in high wind / chop areas, you may want to seriously consider another boat or have a way to modify the rudder. Other than this issue, I like the boat fairly well and at least the propel drive is solid, whereas my old mirage drive pedal arms would break on a regular basis from the extreme stresses of my workouts and they were expensive to replace (broke 3 times over two summer seasons).
Slayer propel is OK. I haven't had it very long (3 weeks) and I have to replace a prop pin that is Bent. I haven't abused it so I am a little concerned about how strong these parts are. Hind sight 20/20 I think I would spend the extra and get the pro angler
I have had this kayak since june of 2015. The Slayer has served me well, and is very comfortable for all day adventures. The way it is set up is great for adding extras, I have added a celblok for my fish finder...(No Holes), LED lights, 4 block light switch, basket, anchor trolley, paddle holder, front hatch, and so much more. This year I plan on filming my fishing adventures ,and I am so happy I have this kayak. I belong to a Great Kayak Club in Colorado, many people have other brands, and when they see me in Reverse, I see the jealousy...Reverse is the game changer with this craft, and at the end of the day, that is what sold me. Don't hesitate....dominate!
I am very pleased with this boat. I read many reviews of this boat and considered the Hobie revolution mirage drive but what sold me is the great comfort and adjustability of the aluminum frame seat, hard core fishability, ease of adding accessories such as fishfinder GPS, lights, extra rod holders etc. to the three accessory rails front, left and right; ample bow and stern storage, and ability to peddle in reverse which is so important when positioning the boat when casting to structure or orienting the boat when drift fishing. You simply cannot go in reverse with the miragedrive. The hull is a beautiful smooth, shiny and firm poly with cool graphic colors molded in that does not deform easily with pressure like most all other kayaks (it does ding permanently however if you hit it hard enough or lay the weight on too small of a support surface). The hull is a very stable tunnel design that you can stand up on and cast from. There are two drink holders (one is a combo gunnel/rod/drink holder another in the center console) and tons of storage in the front and behind your seat. The propel drive is very easy to install and operate and appears to be pretty sturdy aluminum. Peddling moderately fast, I can travel around 7-8mph for 15-20 minutes and not feel too winded. Going at a leisurely 4-5 mph pace can go for over an hour without a break. The only design I'm not crazy about is the rudder which is easily damaged as it cannot be raised out of the water when beaching. Fortunately it is easy enough to remove/install with a single phillips screw in about 10 seconds. Would definitely recommend to the person looking for a comfortable fishing kayak.