I have had the kayak out 8 times in the past month, and I have got
to say that I am floored by the stability, and overall quality of the
Kayak. I was thrilled to be getting it, and now that I have it, I can't
wait to go out again, and again. I noticed that I don't even deploy
my anchor because with the pedals, I can go forward and reverse,
holding my position is easy. When I stand up to fish I can move
back and forth with a couple of quick turns of the pedal, by hand. If
you are on the fence, hop off and buy this kayak....you will not be
great yak fast stable little heavy but tracks well only bad thing sea
weed or grass goes in propel and have to stop and clean cuz causes
GREAT PRODUCT, ARRIVED WITH ISSUES WITH STEERING.. BUT ACK
ASSISTED IN CORRECTING..
DELIVERY WAS PRETTY CLOSE TO DEAD ON, OVERALL REAL HAPPY
BUT I'VE ONLY HAD IT ABOUT A MONTH.. GIVE ME A BIT AND ASK
Great Kayak, stable and roomy. Super thick plastic = durable... but
adding a bit of weight. This is a monster to try to carry as a 1 man rig.
Think Trailer or wheel kit. The storage area behind the seat is
expansive... you could almost have 2 milk crates and not interfere with
I had my slayer 13 propel for almost 2 months now. The kayak was
shipped by truck to Sebastian,Fl. I helped the driver remove the
kayak. it was buried so to speak with other cargo. A few days later I
removed it from the cloth sock that it was transported in and noticed
two small dents on the side of the hull. I wasn't bad enough to have it
replaced.My thought on this is to improve on better protection or
complain or replace the trucking company. Other than that problem
it's a great kayak.
Gator Bait is more of a hot pink than purple as shown in picture. Great
for the lady anglers or the kids.
Great yak got it on the water before it iced over ready to go workes
great got on time.
G. A. W.
Great boat setup. A bit of a challenge to load by myself.
The best thing about the Slayer 13 ... Hands free , faster than
paddling, easy to stand up in ,stable, nice to troll with, only thing
wrong with it is why didn't I get this last year ! oh yea free shipping .
Pedaling vs. paddling is a no contest in favor of pedaling. You can't
paddle as fast as you can pedal ! If you are a speed freak, do both.
Being able to go forward and in reverse hands free puts this is a class
by itself. Excellent engineering, high quality product and easy to
remove prop for shallow water or loading/unloading. Price ? You get
what you pay for ! Like to see ACK build a tandem.
Moved from a 17 foot Expedition style canoe to this
Slayer. Use it for trolling on large Colorado Lakes.
It has been perfect for everything from pulling lead
core to dragging jigs, Seat is wonderful, and the boat
works well in the wind and chop. Only down side will
be cold water and open scuppers during the winter.
Not quite enough storage room as i'm used to with the
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).