Slayer 12 XC – SNEAK PEEK!

SNEAK PEEK AT THE SLAYER 12 XC!

The Slayer 12 XC is the first boat of its kind designed to be comfortable floating rivers, stalking the flats, and paddling open water. The hull of the XC is designed towards cross conditions performance. A broad flatter hull not only allows river anglers to maneuver and control their boats in tighter conditions while sliding through shallow areas with a very shallow draft, but it also gives an incredibly stable standing platform for sight fishing. When it’s time to cover some ground, a flip of a lever drops a directional skeg to allow the Slayer XC to track on a line to the next spot. The XC maintains a clean deck profile for anglers, but is carefully packed with fish ready features and advanced electronics capabilities for the biggest gear hounds. In designing the XC, we worked with a group of our pro staff to develop not only a layout fit for a pro, simple and clean, but feature rich. No cluttered deck, no tangled lines, just fishing on our mind.

ESTIMATED SPECS: Length: 12’2″ / 371cm – Width: 36.5″ / 93cm – Depth: 12″ / 30cm – Weight: TBD – Capacity: 500 lbs / 227kg

OUTFITTING: Multi-Adjust, Hi/Lo 1st Class Seating

ESTIMATED MSRP: $1,499 USD

Titan Propel 10.5 – SNEAK PEEK!

SNEAK PEEK AT THE TITAN PROPEL 10.5!

THE TITAN PROPEL WILL BE AVAILABLE IN A 10.5 FOOT PLATFORM THIS OCTOBER! The Titan model has proven itself to be a bass fishing kayak machine. With the 10.5 model, the Titan can more easily be transported in a truck bed while offering many of the same features as the 13.5’ model. The Titan 10.5 offers unsurpassed stability making the platform optimal for sight casting with providing plenty of leverage to reel in the catch. This boat features easy-to-reach horizontal rod storage with rod tip protection and elevated First Class Seating designed for comfortable transitions between standing and sitting. In addition, the boat features easy mounting of a Power-Pole Micro Anchor system. The Titan 10.5 can be purchased with a our transom-style motor mount that will accept many off-the-shelf trolling motors for a power-assisted ride making this one truly versatile kayak fishing platform.

Estimated Specs

 

 

*Fitted Hull Weight is the weight of the kayak without the seat and the Propel Pedal Drive installed. This is the weight that is typically lifted when transporting the kayak. // Fully Rigged Weight is the weight with the seat and Propel Pedal Drive installed. Typically, the seat and Propel Pedal Drive are installed when the kayak is about to be launched.

More info to come soon…

Check out the Titan Propel 13.5 here.

Bass Fishing World Champion, Jordan Lee Signs On with Native Watercraft

FLETCHER, NC USA- July 10th, 2017 – Native Watercraft, a leading manufacturer of innovative fishing kayaks, today announced a partnership with world champion bass fisherman and Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jordan Lee.

“I am super excited to sign on with the Native team as they make the most innovative fishing kayaks out there,” said Lee, the second -youngest angler to ever win the Bassmaster Classic. “I love bass fishing from my kayak – it really gets me back to my fishing roots. When I am fishing from my Native, it really complements my style and allows me to get to where the fish live to catch ‘em up!”

Jordan – the true “young gun” in professional bass fishing – was 25 when he won the Bassmaster Classic, the biggest bass fishing tournament in the world. In his young career, he also won the College Bass Classic Bracket Championship and has 14 more top 10 tournament finishes.

To kick off the partnership, Native, which created the Propel Pedal Drive System, will be highlighting Jordan fishing from his Titan Propel 13.5. Offering unsurpassed stability as a large and in charge bass fishing machine, the Titan is truly like no other fishing kayak on the market today. The Titan can utilize Native’s Propel Pedal Drive system offering hands-free forward to reverse or be fitted with a motor mount to employ an off-the-shelf trolling motor.

“We are very excited to work with such an incredible, young angler who is a driving force in the professional bass fishing world,” said Tyler Brown, Director of Marketing for Native Watercraft. “Having Jordan sign on to the Native team allows us to further showcase the capabilities of Native fishing kayaks and why they truly offer the best kayak fishing experience for everyone… casual to professional anglers alike.”

Check out Jordan fishing from his Titan here:

For more information on the Titan Propel 13.5 click here.

#howirigmynative PHOTO CONTEST

We want to see how you rig your Native Watercraft!

Here is how to enter the contest…

  1. Make sure you like our Native Watercraft Facebook and/or Instagram page. You must like at least one or both to win.
  2. Like and Share the #howirigmynative PHOTO CONTEST post on Facebook OR Like the #howirigmynative PHOTO CONTEST Instagram post.
  3. Post a picture of your Native Watercraft kayak on Facebook and/or Instagram AND include the hashtag #howirigmynative and tag @nativewatercraft in the post. You must do both to be entered to win.

The eligible contest posts with the most likes and shares by February 28th, 2017 will be entered to win a Native Watercraft / Railblaza Pro Package! (Make sure you get your friends to like and share your post!) The contest winner will be announced March 1st, 2017. The Pro Package includes…

  • NATIVE WATERCRAFT RAILBLAZA STAND ‘N CAST
  • RAILBLAZA VISIBILITY II KIT
  • RAILBLAZA STUB PORT WITH MOBI
  • RAILBLAZA ROD HOLDER R with STARPORT HD and TRACMOUNTS

 

ELIGIBILITY: You must be in the contiguous United States to win and be at least 18 years old. Contest ends 2/28/2017.

Titan Propel 13.5 SNEAK PEEK

SNEAK PEEK OF THE TITAN PROPEL 13.5!

The Titan is a “First with Reverse” Propel Pedal driven bass fishing kayak extraordinaire. Large and in charge, the Titan offers unsurpassed stability and ample room and flexibility to move around. Optimal for sight casting with plenty of leverage to reel in the catch, this is a fisherman’s fantasy fulfilled. This kayak features easy-to-reach horizontal rod storage with rod tip protection. Elevated First Class Seating is designed for comfortable transitions between standing and sitting, and it can be moved out of the way for a walk-around deck. The kayak also features two stern Power Pole mounts for dual anchoring to further increase stability. The Titan can be purchased with a custom motor mount that will accept trolling motors for a power-assisted ride. The image above displays some of the many features found on the new Titan.

The Titan will be available at a dealer near you March/April 2017. The colors offered will be Hidden Oak, Lizard Lick and Copperhead. Current specs are… Length: 13′ 6″, Width 41.5″, Weight: TBD, Capacity: 550 LBS. Retail Price is currently slated at $3,249 USD with the super quiet Propel Pedal Drive System, $3,339 USD with Transom-Style Motor Mount Included or $2,489 USD without the Propel Pedal Drive.

To find/contact a dealer near you, please go to our dealer locator map by clicking here.

Also, check out our new Propel Pedal Drive kayak models available now…

Manta Ray Propel Angler 12 Fishing kayak
Manta Ray Propel Angler 12
Slayer Propel 12 LT Fishing Kayak
Slayer Propel 12 LT

 

Photo Credit: BASS Australia Nation

Ben Faro Wins the Fish Arrow Australia Blue Rock Blitz!

Native Watercraft Pro Staffer, Ben Faro takes the Fish Arrow Australia Blue Rock Blitz! Check out the video of Ben describing how REVERSE was key to his BASS Australia win…

To learn more about Native Watercraft models that offer the Propel Pedal Drive System with Reverse, click the models below.

SP10 SP13 UP13

Featured Image Photo Credit: BASS Australia Nation

NEW! Ultimate Fx Propel 13 hits the Fishing world

First, if you’ve followed Native Watercraft through the years you may recall there once were Ultimate 12 and 14.5 Propels’ in their lineup. Ah, you do remember? Well, those who favored an open-hybrid (read lighter) version of a pedal kayak, over a heavier SOT, model once again have the option… albeit it in a heavily revised model.

Ch-ch Changes

As you turn to face the changes, casting your eyes over the Ultimate FX Propel 13, you’ll notice very little similarity to its discontinued cousins. The bow entry profile and hull rocker are similar, and of course there is a Propel drive (updated as well), and then the changes being.

Hull:  For greater performance, the once deeper tunnel-hull is drawn shallower in keeping with the Ultimate FX 12 and 15 models. This allows greater ease of speed and less resistance in cross currents, inspiring greater confidence ferrying currents.

Rudder: Dropped, as in a drop-down rudder, is gone, in favor of the more durable factory molded rudder. The control cabling is run off the control disc perpendicular to the gunnel, allowing greater rudder angle positioning, translating to a tighter turn radius. Though the rudder is removable and attaches rather solidly, in my opinion it’s not ideal to constantly remove it. The bolt self locks into a plastic stem and over time could compromise the threads, requiring a replacement. Some users and non-users have cast judgement, saying “it’s not durable”,  you can’t drag the kayak”, or “it gets in the way when loading”. Well, the molded rudder has been proven to be much more durable than a typical aluminum rudder in factory torture tests. From dropping a rigged hull from shoulder height, rudder striking first onto the concrete, to throwing a cinderblock at it from multiple angles, the rudder didn’t break, deform or become unusable. Ideally, you shouldn’t drag any hull on the ground but when you just gotta get your drag on, it’s best do do it with a rope or leash attached to the bow handle. This way the hull remains flatter to the ground and doesn’t plow the rudder into the ground. Lifting and loading is simply a matter of raising/loading the stern first.

Ultimate FX 13 Rudder

Ultimate FX Propel Rudder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seat: The seat frame and material is the same as in the Slayer Propels, Ultimate FXs’ and Slayers. It sits on an aluminum framed support, in a higher fixed height position, adjusting fore and aft, for the perfect leg/foot reach to the pedals.

No Adapt-a-Track, No Skirts: In favor of keeping weight down the previous fabric skirts and joining  track material have been jettisoned for the more durable, lighter-weight (INCLUDED) molded hard cover. (available for bow only)

Performance/Experience 

The following thoughts are based on a brief amount of time testing a prototype.

At first glance I initially thought the seat height may be too high as you sit just below the gunnel. While opinions will vary due to each users perception of stability, their size and weight, at 6′ and 188.2 lbs (casually dressed) I felt completely comfortable after giving it a wiggle and feeling the hulls response. The elevated seat position, more so than a Slayer Propel, in relation to the drive does give the user a more downward pedal stroke than any previous models, which I think most will welcome, as it’s a more natural upright seated position.

Stability was very good for me, again, alleviating any concerns about the seat height. Users will quickly notice the added ease of standing from a seated position, the easiest I’ve ever experienced.

Turning radius, though not measured, felt really good. I’d definitely say better than a SP 13 and about the same or maybe a little better than a SP 10, likely negating the need or even desire for an aftermarket modification as some have installed on SP 10’s and 13’s.

The benefit of a hull with nice, sharp entry lines typically results in appreciated tracking performance, as well as efficient speed, both of which have been bestowed upon the Ultimate FX 13 Propel. Within in a few pedal revolutions your moving quickly and quite effortlessly. Speed freaks will appreciate being able to maintain higher speeds longer, resulting in less consumption of energy drinks, or beans.

Paddling the FX Propel is quite doable, albeit it from a higher seat position, which is very similar to the high seat position of a Slayer 12 or 14.5. Since the FX Propel lacks solid foot rests it isn’t quite ideal for lengthy paddles or in high winds or current since you can’t brace and leverage power from being able to brace with your feet.

Other than a few boats wakes no real rough water was experienced, yet it did handle the wakes very similar to that experienced in an Ultimate FX 15. Obviously being an open boat any water you take on, or fluids you excrete; and I know some you guys use your scuppers as an emergency port-a-potty, you have to remove… unless you con or pay the neighborhood kids into doing it for you, so you have to be a little more cautious as to where or how far out you venture into open water. The bow deck cover does help in deflecting some bow spray and in really gnarly junk can roll waves off as you dip the nose into the rabbit hole.

Outfitting

Sans adjustable rod holders, and of course rods and tackle, the Ultimate FX 13 comes ready to fish. The included, position adjustable, stern track mounted, tackle and rod tube holder is really a nice convenient bit of kit. I’m all about making getting on and off the water as well as gear storage easier and more efficient, and with this handy gizmo it doesn’t get much better.

Ultimate FX Propel Tackle Box

Groove tracks line the gunnels as well as fore and aft decks for mounting the usual suspects, such as rod holders, display units, POV cameras, stern lights, stake-out0-poles, anchor cleats, whirly gigs and whatever else gear hounds might want to embellish upon their relatively tiny craft.

Native Watercraft Ultimate FX 13 Propel

Native developed a practical method of mounting higher definition, more featured transducers to the hull, negating the need to drop one off the side, or loose image quality by shooting the signal thru the hull. On the underside, in front of the Propel drive mount, is a recess with molded-in nuts, allowing you to attach the transducer mount at this point. Cabling is neatly held in place within a recessed groove and secured with tabs. The recess is wide and deep enough to accept most transducers commonly used on kayaks.

Being that the seat is the highest its ever been, there is a plethora of under-seat  storage space, able and willing to party with Natives’ seat storage accessories or soft cooler bags.

Not-shown but can be seen when delivered are cleverly placed under-gunnel bungees for stowing a two-piece paddle out of the way, one section of paddle per side.

In some ways kayaks can be like shoes, not all fit just right or should be worn for all occasions. That’s why it’s important, and extremely helpful, to try a kayak on for size and on the water. My local paddlesports outfitter, Get:Outdoors, of Greensboro, NC provides on-water demos throughout the season, with its Annual Paddlefest scheduled April 8th-10th. On-water demo happens April 9th, Lake Brandt, Greensboro, NC. Hopefully they’ll have their demo Ultimate FX Propel ready to go.

As of 3/15/2016, production has just begun with shipments arriving at dealers asap and in the order they were received.

 

NEW Ultimate Propel at ICAST

With the introduction of the “Ultimate FX” series of kayaks last year, I knew it was only a matter of time before Native Watercraft added the hands-free fishing capabilities of the Propel drive. Last month at ICAST 2015, we got our first look at their prototype “Ultimate FX 13 Propel” and some of the cool additions they have made specifically to the Propel version.

Jameson talks to Woody Callaway of Native Watercraft about their newest Propel series fishing kayak, the Ultimate FX 13 Propel.

The Ultimate FX 13 Propel uses the same Propel drive as the “Slayer Propel 10.”

Ultimate FX 13 Propel Drive

The Ultimate FX 13 Propel has a new built-in battery shelf that is unique to this model.

 

Ultimate FX 13 Propel Battery Box

You lose the high and low seating option of the original Ultimate FXs, but this allows you to position your feet comfortably on the Propel Drive.

Ultimate FX 13 Propel Adjustable Seat

There is plenty of under-seat storage in the Ultimate FX 13 Propel, especially when you use their cooler bag.

Ultimate FX 13 Propel Under Seat Storage

The Ultimate FX 13 Propel adds a new Thwart Box for added storage of your rods and gear behind the seat.

Ultimate FX 13 Propel Thwart Box

After seeing this kayak at ICAST 2015 we were  pumped to test this kayak out on the water at Outdoor Retailer this week. Sadly, this is their only prototype and Woody said it would not be on the beach at the open water demo. Hopefully we’ll get our hands on one soon so we can give it a thorough run through.

Bringing back the Ultimate and Manta Ray 2016!

Native Watercraft bringing back the original Ultimate and Manta Ray series. Taken out of the line-up for the 2015 season, Native will be reintroducing the original Ultimate series and the Manta Ray series. We did not have these available for the 2015 season in order to work on the molds says, Woody Callaway, Brand Manager for Native, the molds are running well, boats are looking good and they come at a great price for those wanting a superior fishing kayak.