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|
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.
Pescador Pilot 12 I purchased my Pilot a month ago and have used it every weekend since. The pedal drive is sturdy and effortless even in high wind conditions. I tow my sons 10 ft yak behind me with no problem. Great storage - Great quality- Great Price
I am very pleased with the service I received from ACK. The Pescador Pilot arrived in less than a week, and there were no problems. The kayak was well wrapped, but the hardware package was opened and parts scattered during shipping. I threw away the plastic wrapping only to have to go back through the garbage to find a missing piece. The package came with instructions for the drive only. While the seat was pretty easy to figure out. I did not get the rudder assembly properly seated at first, and had to refer to a you tube video to see what I had done wrong. Once properly seated, the rudder worked very well. I also tightened the lines to the rudder, and tightened the screws on the handles as others have recommended. I had been saving up for a Native Titan 10.5, but when AKC put this one one sale, I pulled the trigger. The first time I saw a Pilot, I thought it looked cheap. When I took a closer look, I was more impressed. I have taken it out fishing seven or eight times now, and overall I am very pleased. I solved the problem of the rod holders by using an 1 1/2" coupling, 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" adapter and a 5" piece of 1 1/4" schedual 40 PVC. I also added two Stealth QR 1 rod holders on the rails for trolling and holding the rods during on board activities. (very pleased with the Stealth product performance). The rudder lift assembly is very inexpensively made, but works well and should be easy to repair or replace if necessary. The turning radius is decent, but not great. Tracking is pretty good, but the wind will take you off course so that frequent adjustments must be made. This becomes second nature, and does not present a problem for me. You will not set any speed records with this kayak, but it is plenty fast for me, and I find I have to consciously slow down while trolling. I am 6' 4" tall, weigh 205 lbs and am 66 years old. I have no trouble loading and unloading the kayak out of my truck. I find it is easiest to load if you put the front in first. I can stand up in it, but usually do not because of weak knees. I have plenty of room with the seat adjusted near the end of the tracks. The seat is very comfortable, the scuppers work well. I really like the open trunk in the bow. The rear deck has plenty of room for my Igloo 38 quart Wheelie cooler, with 3 rod holders on the side. I find this to be the perfect cooler for me, because a 27" redfish can be stored in it, as well as a few drinks. While much of this review may sound negative, I wanted to give an honest evaluation for those thinking of making this their next kayak. I am very pleased overall with the Pilot's performance. The issues I read about when the kayak was first released seem to have been taken care of. The drive works very well and is overall very quiet. I have noticed a light squeak from the drive when it has been out in the sun for a while, but it is only slightly annoying and not something that would effect the fishing. I just got a grease gun, but haven't added any grease yet to see if that will take care of the "slight" noise. I like to fish where boats cannot go, so being able to easily store the drive in the hull is a huge plus. If I feel added resistance to the drive, I know that I have picked up some weeds, and most of the time, simply paddling backwards will unwrap the weeds. Once I had some on the water experience, I learned to easily navigate the shorelines I like to fish. I can fish longer, and with much less fatigue, with this kayak, than any of the paddle kayaks I have used in the past. Being able to peddle in reverse has been very helpful, and hands free navigation while fishing is wonderful. There is no perfect kayak, and everyone's needs are different, but I am pleased with this purchase, and I believe the Pilot will give me years of service.