The Perception Pescador Pilot is an affordable sit-on-top kayak packed to the gills with fishing features and complete with the included Pilot Drive pedal drive system. The Pilot Drive is performance-engineered to achievethe perfect balance of simplicity and ingenuity, and is ergonomically optimized for all-day hands-free fishing. Outfitted with a Captain's Chairwith on-the-fly adjustable gear tracks and tension knobs, four molded-in rod holders, two YakAttack accessory tracks, a transducer scupper,and two storage consoles for mounting electronics. The best feature? A price that propels the Pescador Pilot into a class all its own. * Limited time offer - Includes Engel Live Bait Cooler with purchase.
|Length:||12 ft 5 in / 3.78 m|
|Width:||33.75 in / 85.73 cm|
|Weight:||74 lb / 33.57 kg|
|Capacity:||525 lb / 238.14 kg|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Took the yak out for the first time yesterday. Great boat. Handled chop and wind very well. It is very stable and tracks very well with the rudder. Also very easy to paddle. Only a few concerns. As everyone else has pointed out, rod holders are overly large and shallow. Can be fixed by making mods and adding flush mount holders. The more concerning issue if the Quick Key. Due to the slight side-to-side sway of the drive while pedaling, the Quick Key kept working itself out. Had to keep pushing it back in with my heel every few minutes. Will try to fix that with a spring clip. I would still recommend this boat for the money. Hopefully Perception can address these issues in the future.
I've put some miles in on this kayak, inshore and offshore. On calm days inshore standing up is no problem. Offshore I wouldn't recommend trying to stand up even on calm days. While launching this kayak in the surf I am able to pull myself onto the kayak no problem, it never felt like it was going to flip ever. My biggest complaint is the pedal drive, its loud. It also pops out of place very easily when pedaling normally so you'll have to put the drive back into place. It happens so much I would not recommend this kayak to anyone who is serious about fishing. Spend the extra money on a kayak with a better drive system. Perception needs to address the issue of the drive popping out of place.
This will be my 4th kayak purchase I have been kayak fishing for 2 years now. This is by far the best one I have owned. The stability is great easy to sit and stand for long periods at a time. Minimum effort to get going I can barely peddle this kayak and I'm already moving faster than a buddy paddling. There are some issues I have found with this kayak but its easliy corrected. The seat back straps will work there way out. Fix this issue with some blue lock tight Second is the rod holders. Most guys are putting flush mount rod holders in and that's fine. I just purchased the wilderness systems krate and that solved that issue.the last thing is the mounts that keep the drive in place and the rudder control cables come loose I solved this issue with carrying the correct Allen wrenches and I tighten them up when needed. Other than that I would highly recommend this kayak to some one just starting and to those wanting the pedal drive with out paying a lump some of cash