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Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Propel Kayak - 2014
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Rating Stars   Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 (20 Reviews)

The Native Watercraft Propel 12.5 may be the most boat in a 12-foot package you'll find anywhere. Generous beam and plenty of volume give the boat the stability to let you stand confidently for casting or just getting a good view of what's ahead. The pedal drive enables you to enjoy the Mariner's maneuverability and comfort all day. For 2014, the crank arm on the pedal drive has been shortened for easier pedaling so you don't have to bring your knee up as far. The Native Mariner 12.5 features an open rear deck that is great for a small passenger or gear for a day on the water. The unique low rear deck design coupled with unrivaled stability means that climbing back in after a swim or snorkel is almost effortless. Drive works in both forwards and reverse.

Patented tunnel hull for added stability
Air-Lite seating system dries quickly and can move forward or recline
Plug and play system for easy attachment of accessories
Propel Drive System included
Drive works in both forwards and reverse
Item#: 1752
Length: 12' 6" / 3.8 m
Width: 32" / 81 cm
Weight: 90 lbs / 40.9 kgs
Capacity: 400 lbs / 181.6 kgs
Leg Room To Peg: 43
Leg Room - Total: 46
Number of Paddlers: 1 - Single/Solo
Type of Kayak: Sit on Top
Hatches Incl: 2
Optional Hatches: 0
Rod Holders Included: 0
Material: Polyethelene
Made in: USA 
Reviewer: Jim Rating: 5 Date: 10/07/2013
Review: So stable!! Awesome..Cadillac of kayaks. Love the pedal option.

Reviewer: Drew Rating: 5 Date: 05/08/2013
Review: Best kayak I have ever been on, shipped with no problems what so ever. Was at my front door in 5 days. Broke it in on 4 ft beach waves. Super stable, love the scuppers. I have purchased the kayak and all accessories through austin kayak, best prices compared to local shops. A couple scotty mount pole holders and milk crate, it is a fishing machine!!!

Reviewer: djrflorida Rating: 5 Date: 04/18/2013
Review: After a year researching many top brand of kayaks the Native Watercraft Mariner won out. The main reason the peddle drive and the fact that it can be peddled in reverse a big plus. I tested it out in tight locations where I could not paddle due to overhanging mangrove branches with a few forward and reverse moves I was out of the thicket kind of like driving a car. A full size paddle was of no use in those conditions. Fishing a main channel with boats coming and going, with the chop, the current, and the wind all against me I held my spot along a seawall catching seabass all the while slowly peddling in reverse holding my postion. It was an excellent decision hope others will consider this boat. Very roomy and a breeze to stand in.

Reviewer: Omots61 Rating: 5 Date: 03/10/2013
Review: I’m a 62 year old, 5’9”, 190 lbs. with only a year of kayak fishing experience. I had a 10’ sit-in kayak before buying the Mariner 12.5’ Propel. A shoulder issue made paddling the sit-in a problem after a couple of miles. In the Mariner, I've gone 8 miles nonstop at a steady 3 mph without feeling fatigued. The seat back has a wide range of adjustment, and a bar underneath with three settings for the seat tilt. I've rigged it with mounting plates on left & right side for fish finder and rod holder, anchor trolley, battery storage, and homemade fishing crate – and there’s still plenty of room even with all the gear including three rods. It remains stable, and easy to peddle. I find the ability to put it in reverse by back peddling very handy when fishing. I use a 240 cm paddle which helps when paddling this wide kayak. I’m disappointed with a single steering lever on the left side, but that’s only because I’m a leftie and hold the rod in my left hand. The rudder assembly is fixed in place and could be damaged by lifting the bow to drag the kayak. So I always drag by the stern when getting the kayak to the water, unless using my cart (not a Native Watercraft cart). I really like having 16 attachment points around the inside of the cockpit. I found the Native Watercraft ‘Plug N Play Latch Points’ to have too much flexibility for my needs, so I mounted a SS 1” D Ring to each attachment point metal bar using the pre-drilled hole. Cons: (all relatively minor in my humble opinion) * A sore tailbone within a couple of hours the first few times out – added a Skwoosh seat cushion * It’s a heavy kayak, so a roof top mount would be a workout – I carry it on a 12’ boat trailer * The pedal assemblies were squeaky right from the start – a dry Teflon lube took care of that * Forward hatch is too tight to open when on the water – I added a ‘T’ pull handle to facilitate opening * Rudder is exposed to damage if stern is dragged on the ground Pros: * Easily maintain 3 mph with minimal effort (GPS speed measurement) * Easily reverse direction by back pedaling * Turns tightly when moving at speed * Very stable, and able to stand up when in calm water * 16 attachment points * Seat is fully adjustable and 6” above waterline * Plenty of room in forward storage compartment * While Propel drive is audible when moving at 2- 3 mph, it is quiet when maneuvering into a fishing spot

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