The choice for solo paddling just got better! Now you can pedal the Native Ultimate 12 Propel Kayak, one of the most nimble kayaks out there, with some of the most storage available. New outfitting materials now meet the needs of even more paddlers adding to the boats many unique features. The Native Ultimate tunnel hull design makes this one super stable and the pedaling makes it hands free and fast, you will love the Propel Pedal Drive system in your Ultimate 12! This is a brand new boat that has never been on the model. It may have a few scuffs from storage.
|Length:||12 ft 1 in / 3.68 m|
|Width:||30 in / 76.2 cm|
|Weight:||55 lb / 24.95 kg|
|Capacity:||350 lb / 158.76 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||44|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Love my Propel 12. I use it for bass and crappie fishing. Especially like being able to go in reverse to keep off the bank or fish cover. So easy to keep pedaling while your fishing or snacking between fishing holes. Easy to pedal even on very windy days and cover lots of water. I'm 6'1" 205 very comfy very stable lots of storage added 3 rod holders to mine.
I use my ultimate propel very often and while I am happy with how the boat performs and would recommend this boat, I do have some serious concerns with the quality. I compared this boat to the Hobie mirage with the flippers and I must say that the propel on this boat is far less work, enables you to go a little faster and being able to go in reverse is priceless. I take two medium sized dogs out on the water with me in my ultimate 12 (one in front, one in rear) and so this boat serves my needs much better than the Hobie. I would also rather be on this boat in alligator or exotic snake infested waters than a sit on top. So the design is great. But the materials used seem cheap and some areas they took shortcuts. The key ring wires securing the rudder cable pins for instance. That's something MacGyver would use in a pinch but not on boat this expensive. On my very first use, the bottom of the hull got scratched so severely that it looks like it's been used for years. Do not even drag this boat a little bit on concrete ramps or truck beds. Carry it or it will get deep gouges in it. The propeller seems like it is made by Fisher Price. The buckle that latches on to the propel drive broke on first or second use and since there are no dealers near me I am stuck with it. I wish they would have used the same thicker textured plastics that hobie uses and not cut corners. A paddle grip should be standard too for this kind of money. I've had some issues with the rudder and rudder cable. Native agreed to send replacement cable but never did. I wouldn't recommend using this boat in 2'+ waters or lakes with lots of boat traffic and wakes. Especially without a spray guard. Some say they use this for ocean kayaking but I don't see how. If it fills with water, you're going down. I love the propel drive. Hardly ever use the paddle except when coming into shore after lifting the prop. You can go pretty fast but I have been overtaken by paddlers in the river so don't assume you're going to win any races! I would recommend this boat but wish they would have used better materials. If quality and durability matters most to you or if you want to use in rougher waters or ocean, I'd look at the Hobies instead.
After20 plus years of paddling my Cobra Fish-N-Dive kakak; I finally made the move to the awesome Propel system designed by Native. The Ultimate 12 is just that" the Ultimate" kayak from the Native line of yaks, the Propel system is so easy to put into action; and the smooth and quick response is totally awesome; I now have zero issues with paddling large amount of miles on the water, getting to my far away favorite success fishing holes is now a mere quick hard pedal to that location. Huge amount of room inside the Ultimate 12 propel; just taking some more time and experimenting with where to locate all of your accessories, ie; rod holders,fish finders, etc. The Native Ultimate IMOI is a step ahead of the Hobie Pro Angler, simply because of the reverse capabilities with the propel prop!
I purchased a Native Propel 12 in March of 2013 and could not be happier. I previously fished our area lake in a Merrimack canoe but was always hindered by the fact that you could not fish and move at the same time. This problem was corrected with your product. I fish all day and am much less tired than when I fished in the canoe. Everyone asks where I purchased this product and I tell them. As far as speed is concerned, I can throw up a huge wake when I decide to get on it. It is much faster than a canoe. Because I fish many times in shallow water, I added outriggers for stability and I can stand and fish with ease. By the way, I am pushing 64 years old, so anyone can use this product with ease.