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Perception Pescador Pilot 12 Pedal Kayak

Perception Pescador Pilot 12 Pedal Kayak

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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.

• Features the Pilot Drive with zero draft adjustability
• Captains Chair allows for fore and aft adjustment
• Includes bow storage pods, bow tankwell storage, and stern tankwell storage
• Transducer scupper and rudder included
• Colors Available:
  • Moss Camo
  • Red Tiger Camo
  • Sonic Camo
  • Sunset
Item #: 22337
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
Hatches Incl: 2
Optional Hatches: 0
Material: Polyethylene
Made in: USA 
Size/Color Part Number
Moss Camo 9351587031
Red Tiger Camo 9351587145
Sonic Camo 9351587157
Sunset 9351587042
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Top Positive Review
By: Brian S.  Date: Feb 04, 2017 
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39 people found this review helpful

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.

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By: Matthew G.  Date: Jul 12, 2017 
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65 people found this review helpful

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.

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By: James S.  Date: Feb 11, 2019 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have has my Pilot for over two years and fish in fresh water lakes. Perception sent me a different style pedal drive due to the original design the main pin will slowly back out while pedaling. The revised drive has a clip at the end to keep it secure. As long as the drive is properly adjusted it works great and very reliable. This kayak is well built, stable, and is much cheaper cost wise in comparison to other pedal drive kayaks. ACK is a great company to deal with and has very good customer support. I highly recommend this kayak, it is fun to use.

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By: Chris D.  Date: Jan 18, 2019 
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Good value for the money, with room for improvement... I have been kayak fishing for about 4.5 years now and this is my second Perception kayak and my first pedal drive kayak. I try to get on the water a few dozen times during the year and consider myself a fairly experienced kayak fisherman by now. Here are some things that I like / don’t like about the Perception Pescador Pilot 12 Pedal Kayak: Good value - I was pleased with the quality of the kayak for what I spent on it. Space - plenty of room for all my gear / extra junk Hands Free - which allows me to hold my position much better while I fish Fast - I can basically get to where I want to go about 2-3 times faster than I could versus paddling in my previous kayak. Pedaling is much easier than paddling. Cons Seat - the amount of support is not adjustable… minimal lumbar support for lower back! Built In Rod holders - too shallow / wide to be useful without modification Rudder - Needs to be wider, as it’s difficult to turn the kayak at slower speeds Heavy - Difficult to lift by yourself if you’re going to load on top of a vehicle. The rotomolded hand grips in the middle of the kayak are slightly behind the fulcrum of the kayak when you have it overhead, so it's awkward to load/unload this thing by yourself. This is a good looking kayak that requires a few small adjustments to make it really versatile. Before I took it out, I added anchor trolleys to BOTH sides, as they are pretty essential if you are ever trying to hold your position in moving water (rivers) or want to keep from swinging around with heavy winds on a lake or while using a drift anchor. The pros are self explanatory. I have only used this to fish for crappie and white perch so far, but I’m really looking forward to doing some hands-free bass fishing this spring and I think the pedal drive will also be a huge improvement for me next time I do some slow trolling for big catfish. As for the cons, I have found workarounds for most of them. It’s nice to have an elevated seat so I don’t have a soggy bum anymore like I did with my old kayak, but the lack of lumbar support really stinks and my back hurts after fishing in this thing. I ended-up buying a cheap inflatable camping / lumbar pillow, which seems to help a bit. I made my own rod holders out of 1 1/2” and 2” PVC pipe that I can use for both vertical storage and trolling, in addition to having holders attached to the milk crate I keep in the back. As for the rudder, I’m considering making a wider one myself, which I have time for that project. I also may add on some kayak handles midway to make the kayak easier to lift and to also provide some additional attachment points for gear. Overall, I’m pleased with my purchase and look forward to getting a lot of good use out of this kayak!

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Q: How will this fair in salt water and tides? Looks like a very durable kayak! I live in NY, just want to make sure this will with stand everything out here before making a purchase.
A: This should fair just fine. We would recommend washing the salt off with some fresh water after use, especially around the drive, and using some water-phobic lubricant.
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Q: Is the pedal drive available to purchase separately?
A: Yes, the pedal drive system is available for purchase independently. That would be a special order item, feel free to reach out to us at 888-828-3828, and we could get an order placed for you.
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Q: The set screw which locks down the rudder control cable to the rudder control knob has broken the cable and striped the treads, where can I find a replacement cable and rudder control knob?
A: The hand control knob for that would be a special order item that we might be able to get for you. If you give us a call at (888)828-3828 we can see what we can do. As for the cable take a look at the link below, that should be what you're looking for.
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