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|
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
This is my second fishing type kayak. I bought an eagle talon to see if kayak fishing would interest me. As it turns out i enjoyed it so much i sold my lund fishing boat and purchased the slayer propel. The packing of the kayak is very good, but it was missing the bow hatch and thwart tube for the drive unit,contacted ack and had the missing parts the next day. The kayak itself looks very good, fit and finish of accessory tracks and hatches is good. Propel drive is great, just light pedaling achieves trolling speed . Great kayak
I waited a few months before posting any comments on this kayak. I have owned this kayak now for almost a year and its so great I picked up a Slayer 10 as well. A little background on my experience I have been kayak fishing since 2006 and have owned a variety of kayaks from the original X Factor, Redfish 14, Ultimate Tegris 12, Ultimate 14, Hobie Revolution/ Outback/ Sport. Currently I own Hobie Revo 13, Slayer propel 13 and 10. I was originally going to purchase a Pro Angler 14 however after a demo during ACK's demo days I decided on the Slayer. Regardless of the literature the Slayer is significantly lighter and easier to handle outside of the water. Additionally you can actually paddle the Slayer efficiently if you do encounter an issue with the drive. Ok now onto my use. Large to medium size lakes hunting bass and stripers. The Slayer is absolutely amazing!! Extremely easy to cover large distances of water without fatigue and is ideal for trolling shorelines. Stability is unbelievable, I can stand at ease and fish without any fear of tipping over. This includes windy days and days with lots of boat traffic. Reverse really is a game changer! I can speed into a bay and then quickly slow down and stop so I do not overshoot my targeted spot. Maintaining your position hands free is enough alone to give this boat 5 stars. From the standing position I can turn the pedals by hand to maintain my position with almost no interrupt in casting. I can keep up with my son in his Revo 13 without too much effort and at least for me the seating and bicycle motion doesn't tire me nearly as much as the Hobie Mirage Drive. The Slayer is as close to a miniature Bass boat as you can get. Fast, quiet, stable and has Reverse! If you are on the fence about this boat pull the trigger and you won't regret it. Best kayak hands down for fishing, if you need more get an actual bass boat.