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.
|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|
|Red Tiger Camo||9351587145||0729282088154|
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.
I have owned my Perception Pescador Pilot now for almost a year and felt that I have field tested it enough to give it an honest real world review. I have used it in fresh water lakes and rivers, the intercoastal waterway and offshore so I have put it in every type of water one could fish. Overall I am very happy with the Pilot. I think for the price and what you get, you can't beat it. The weight is manageable even loaded with my fishing gear. I have done several YouTube videos showcasing the Pilot and some of the modifications that I have done. A couple minor issues with the kayak have been mentioned in previous reviews and involve the rudder line and wheel. The line becomes very stiff especially in saltwater. I have rinsed it after every time it’s been in saltwater and have used lubricant on the line where it enters the run and they still get rigid and make the kayak hard to turn. Another issue with the rudder is the width, there are times when I am in wind and current that the boat will not turn quickly enough and this can be fixed by making the rudder wider. As also mentioned, the stability of the kayak in open water can be a bit of a challenge. I have poor balance to begin with so the stability was a factor for me. I ended up adding some homemade outriggers which give me the added stability I needed. A tradeoff for the stability is the weight, I am happier being a little less stable than having the increased weight. Even with a larger heavier kayak the amount of time I spent standing was far less than the time I would be loading/unloading, dragging the boat to the surf, dragging it out of the surf, etc.… so overall for me this is a non-issue, especially with the added outriggers. I added YakGear flush mount rod holders which fixed the issue of the rod holders being too shallow. It’s a simple easy modification and they work great. Finally a major issue that I wanted to mention. I had the Boonedox Landing gear installed by the guys at Boonedox and they used my Pilot to do an installation video on closed hull kayaks. Everything worked great but after having the kayak on the landing gear out in the sun I noticed that one of the backing plates had ripped through the top of the kayak. I took the Pilot back to Boonedox and they plastic welded the tear and it’s as good as new, but they did discover something that you may want to be aware of. The plastic on the top of the kayak is pretty thin so if you decide to mount anything or add landing gear this is something that you need to be aware of. Boonedox actually started making special backing plates that have since fixed any issues I had with the landing gear. This is obviously one of the areas where they used less of the plastic to save a little weight and if I didn’t have the landing gear on it, it would probably never have been an issue. Some may read this list and think that there’s a lot wrong with the Pilot, but that is clearly not true. All of the mentioned “issues” are very minor and the thin plastic would have never been an issue if I didn’t add the landing gear. Now that it has been discovered the landing gear comes with correct backing plates so you won’t have that problem. I have heavily modified my Pilot to customize it for the way I like to fish and with all the money I spent on it I have still spent less than about any other bare bones pedal drive kayak. If I were given $4000 and could get any kayak out there, I’d buy two more Pilots and have money left over.
I have owned my Perception now for almost a year and felt that I have field tested it enough to give it an honest real world review. I have used it in fresh water lakes and rivers, the intercoastal waterway and offshore so I have put it in every type of water one could fish. Overall I am very happy with the Pilot. I think for the price and what you get you can't beat it. The weight