The FeelFree Moken 12.5 Angler takes fishing technology to a whole new level. FeelFree's new Uni-Track quick-release track system lets you customize your kayak with all of your accessories and the Easy Seal hatch offers one of the driest hatches on the market. The Moken 12.5 Angler is stable, maneuverable, and easy to transport thanks to FeelFree's unique Wheel in the Keel. The Wheel in the Keel gets you from your tailgate to the action without wearing you OR your kayak out. It also features a standing platform, internal rod storage, molded-in carry handles, built-in rod holders, center-mount flip-up console, ample rear storage for a storage crate or bait tank, adjustable footrests, and a comfortable Kingfisher seat. The Moken 12.5 Angler is everything you ever thought about in a fishing kayak.
|Length:||12 ft 7 in / 3.84 m|
|Width:||32 in / 81.28 cm|
|Weight:||75 lb / 34.02 kg|
|Capacity:||419 lb / 190.06 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||46 in / 116.8|
|Leg Room - Total:||49 in / 124.5 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Rod Holders Included:||2|
My Moken 12.5 was delivered two days ago and arrived in excellent condition. It was well wrapped and included all that I ordered including PFD and storage racks. I also had ACK install a rudder system which required some minor final assembly (would be difficult to ship with the rudder extended). Total time from order to delivery was about 10 calendar days. I'm new to the sport of kayak fishing, so please keep that in mind. I have rigged the boat with a milk crate, and a Scotty rod holder (mounted on uni track). That's about all I've done to it so far. I transport the yak in the back of my short bed Toyota Tacoma pickup with a bed extender that gives me an extra three feet. The boat hangs off an additional two feet or so. My first observation is this boat is heavy and kind of a barge compared to what I expected. The wheel in the keel is a great feature, but even with that, a lot of muscle is required to load and unload by yourself. Because the yak has a pretty pronounced keel, when lifting from the bow handle and using the wheel, it is very tippy and you must use two hands to man handle it so it doesn't flip over. The molded in handles port and starboard are great tiedown points to secure in the truck. Using the large front hatch, I was able to put my fishing rod and PFD in there for transport to the lake. Nothing remarkable about unloading, much easier with gravity on my side, but mind the lateral control on the way down the boat ramp. I bass fished on a local lake for a few hours and loved the yak, and got a few compliments on it. I'm not an experienced kayaker, but it seemed to paddle very easy and the rudder was nice for fine tuning and keeping me parallel to the bank. Drift speed on a calm lake was perfect to work the shoreline. At the end of the trip I unloaded all my gear and put back out to try and stand on the installed platform. I will try again in the future, but it did not feel very stable and I'm sure I would have gone swimming if I had tried to cast. Probably something I'd get more comfortable with after some practice. I am very happy with this kayak package and would recommend the Feel Free Moken 12.5. It's on the large side, but I wanted a boat I could take into inshore areas as I work my way up to that. ACK puts together a nice discount package deal with PFD and paddle, and I plan to buy my daughter's yak from them very soon.
The kayak tracks very well.. nice and stable ....easy to move around and load due to the wheel in the back...Lots of storage and for the most part well built....Now for the bad ...The center hatch is nice but because of its length and where the straps are located causes it to bow in the center and allows water to seep in ..The front hatch has 3 locking points that are held together by a single screw and has on several occasions slipped and will not allow me to open the hatch without a lot of difficulty...These are issues that keep me from giving it 5 stars and wish there was a fix for the front hatch....I fixed the center hatch by installing a strap in the middle to straighten out the bow
I have had this kayak for over two years, and man do I love it. I have used it for everything from fishing for large mouth bass, striped bass, small mouth, and even spearfishing for tautog. I bought this on the tail end of my high school years. I justified the price by the comfort and advantage it would give me for fishing. I bought the rail accessory and put a rod holder on it, as well as four other rod holders behind my seat (total of 7). The convenient milk crate spot behind the seat comes in handy. I used two crates and made a cover for the crate and made latches out of bungee cord. I added a depth/fish finder to the center console (which was incredibly easy to do). Sit on top kayaks are overall better for fishing, you are higher out of the water, have more leverage to paddle, and if you were to tip it wouldn't sink if everything was latched up. They advertised being able to stand up and fish in it. It is possible, but not everyone would be able to do it. The first time I stood up I thought there would be no way I could fish like that. I ended up making out riggers to stabilize the kayak out of pvc piping and boat bumpers if I wanted to fish standing up. I did eventually get much better and can now fish fine standing up without it. The bigger you are the harder it would be to balance on the kayak. I have enjoyed every bit of time I have used it. Kayaking in the rougher weather is a lot more enjoyable with a wider boat, it tracks very well. The molded on handles work well for carrying it around. The one major con about it would be transportation. Without a truck or a small trailer, I would not recommend getting a large kayak. The build quality of this kayak is phenomenal. The plastic is thick and can handle a beating. But this means its heavy, and I mean without any gear in it heavy. Hard to maneuver out of the water, but definitely manageable If you wanted to get this on top of a car you would need at least two people. I use my truck to transport it around. I keep my tailgate down and it sticks out quite a bit but it hasn't been an issue yet. The wheel on the keel had done well for me. Many people say it doesn't work well in sand. Well obviously it wont. Its too heavy and sinks down. But at that point you can just drag it on the sand anyways. The wheels it made for paved areas. Overall I love this kayak. I will use it for year to come. Nothing can beat being able to kayak in a remote pond or just go off of a beach. This kayak has everything that I wanted for fishing and much more. I bought it when it was $899, took two weeks to go more than half way across the country. Good experience with the company, shipping, as well as the product. Would highly recommend to an avid angler.
I have had my new Moken 12.5 out twice since I received it. Once on a lake and once in the river. It is very stable, tracks well, and has lots of storage and usable space. I really like it so far. The shipping took longer than I expected, but overall I am happy with the purchase.