The Native Watercraft Slayer 10 Propel kayak is the newest, and smallest, member of the Slayer family. The Slayer 10 Propel has many of the same features as the Slayer 13, but its lighter and more maneuverable. It features a wide open deck and a fast stable hull as well as an extra large rudder. 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 10 Propel 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:||10 ft / 3.05 m|
|Width:||34 in / 86.36 cm|
|Weight:||94 lb / 42.64 kg|
|Capacity:||500 lb / 226.8 kg|
|Leg Room - Total:||48 in / 121.9 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
This is one super kayak for fishing! The propel unit is great. I have a fishfinder with GPS mounted so I could measure my speed pretty accurately. With almost no effort you can make 2 mph, with an easy effort you can make 3 mph. Above that speed the level of effort increases dramatically compared to the increase in speed but really pumping hard I could get it to 4 mph. At that speed you will also notice more noise from the wake and turbulence created by the hull. All that is to be expected though. As a sit down platform for fishing this is really great, the seat is super comfy and with the optional organizer you can keep almost everything you need right at your fingertips. I am 62, and 5'10", 210 lbs and can stand up in it if I focus solely on maintaining my balance so I generally remain seated but it is absolutely stable enough for me to turn around in my seat and easily get to things in the back or even in the forward hatch. In other words, anything on the boat is accessible while out on the water. The rudder is responsive once you have some forward movement, leaning to the outside of the turn will dramatically increase your turn rate. I have seen some reviews that mention the need to constantly tweak the rudder to maintain a straight line. This should be expected, when you drive a car you make these corrections unconsciously. On the water you have the impacts of waves, wind, current and slight variations in speed that will impact your course. It is something you get used to very quickly. The track mount system on the sides each had only three fasteners holding them to the hull when I received the boat even though the track itself had pre-drilled slots for four. I did put another self tapping screw in each one to help stiffen up the track rail. If you plan to use a typical folding cart with this kayak be aware that the hull shape will make it an awkward fit and it will not balance well. I ended up making my own from PVC so I could make it wide enough to support the kayak and make it much easier to cart around. One very minor critique. The forward carry handle goes side to side rather than fore and aft. When carrying the kayak that arrangement is not as comfortable for me, you have to twist your wrist 90 degrees. I understand why they did it, it makes more room for the forward hatch, and it is easily overcome by adding a carry handle on a short length of rope. When I received the boat I immediately opened up the propel drive and added some grease to the gears. There was some there but I wasn't overly impressed by the amount. I think it would be hard to over-grease the gears and would rather risk that remote possibility than having them under- greased. Another minor issue is why they couldn't reduce the number of different allen wrenches required to dismantle the propel unit for servicing, Some are SAE some are metric. Additionally, the "spanner wrench" recommended was a bit pricey but I guess if you are already used to paying "Native" prices for accessories you are kind of numb to the cost.... I've gone through 3 kayaks in the past couple of years looking for the one that really lets me enjoy fishing, this is it. Being able to move or maintain position hands free while fishing is HUGE. I also enjoy going out with my fellow kayakers for a "paddle" or in my case "pedal". I see a lot of envious glances:-)
I love this kayak! This is my first kayak and I couldn't be happier with this purchase. The quality of construction and design are evident. With the Propel system it is very maneuverable and due to the relative light weight I can easily load and unload it from the back of my pickup!