The Native Watercraft Ultimate FX 12 is a complete redesign of the Ultimate series that offers more stability, storage room, and features than the original. It features the High-Low First Class Seating system which has two height options and can slide forward and backward. The hull has been flattened out for more secondary stability and for more space for standing or storage. The Ultimate FX 12 features two tight line trolley kits, numerous Groove Tracks for accessories, Easy foot rests, and an all new 2 inch drain hole. The Ultimate FX 12 is a super stable hybrid fishing kayak that's easy to load for a weekend of fun and fishing on the water.
|Length:||12 ft 2 in / 3.71 m|
|Width:||31 in / 78.74 cm|
|Weight:||57 lb / 25.85 kg|
|Capacity:||350 lb / 158.76 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||42|
|Leg Room - Total:||42|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Perfect kayak! Plus size, short woman. I've been searching for a fishing kayak with accessory tracks and foot pedals I can reach, a comfortable seat, sit in NOT on top (no scupper holes). This kayak is very comfortable, the large foot pedals are WAY better than most other kayaks small ones because you have a point of contact for your whole foot and don't get cramps, plus you can bend your legs a bit more if you need to change positions and have a padded bottom to help with traction. The seat forward and back adjustments are amazing. Being short I had to come up a lot and now I can reach everything well-known the whole seat base moves, cup holder too. The 12 foot boat tracks well, is SUPER stable, and the open cockpit is very nice, cup holder is in perfect spot, though not sure what I would use the track right by it for, but there if I do need it. Open front and back for storage. Only wishes are for a small dry hatch (this boat has no closed storage), and flush mount rod holders behind the seat on either side like most fishing kayaks. Since the back is open I just put a couple rods back there though, or you can rig up your own holders on a milk crate or something. They advertise 2 tackle storage boxes under the seat but I found with the seat in low position, this is really not do-able. I will just put a tackle bag in the back open area within reach. Weight is easy to move at 57 lbs. Very easy to get in and out because of the open cockpit. Price point is higher than I wanted to spend but overall I'm glad I went with the fx 12, it has everything I wanted and is a great buy.
This is my second kayak. I upgraded from the pescador 10 (non- pro). I tend to prefer reviews in pros/cons, so I'll review accordingly. Pros: Fairly light, easy to remove/replace seat, color (I chose lizard lick) is vibrant throughout, all the space comes in handy for gear, pets, etc. Cons: The middle of the kayak is fairly thin -- almost too thin for my comfort, the floor padding is misaligned, the padding for the rod tenders (the little divots on the front thwart) continue to come unglued. That issue is also noted on the nativeownersgroup forum. Other comments: There is a ton of gear tracks on this thing. I found that I did not use them very much--especially the one in the center console. I'd consider that when making the purchase. Other comment is that ACK recommended a 240cm paddle for this kayak if you are 6' tall. I am 6' tall, wear a 33/34 shirt, and weight about 170. The 240cm paddle requires a high angle paddle. If you are a low angle paddle, I recommend the Bending Branches Angler classic in 260cm. Overall, it's a great kayak and the only thing I'd improve is strengthening the middle of the hull. There is probably a design reason but it flexes more than I prefer. Given this is a $1,500 kayak, be sure it really meets your requirement before shelling out the dough. I do not regret my purchase. ACK was great, the shipping company was good, and I got my boat a day or two prior to their estimated delivery date. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another kayak from them.