A Future Beach Fishing Kayak featuring a dihedral hull for the ultimate tracking and stability, self-bailing design, adjustable seat back, two flush mount rod holders, graduated foot wells, a 12" x 20" elliptical bow hatch, large stern well with bungees, 6" round storage hatches, stern and center, side mounted carry handles, bow and stern carry handles, paddle tie-downs, integrated drain plugs and molded-in cup holders.
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I just purchased this from Ocean State Job Lot in Walpole, NH. I have other Future Beach kayaks and love them so my rating is based on previous experience with other FB yaks as well as the design and layout and quality of the Angler 160. With the same hull design, features, balance and roominess, I just know that this is a five star yak. I didn't need this boat, However, it cost me $450 and came with a $350 Crazy Deal store shopping card. Since I shop regularly at the joblot, I jumped on that offer. I thought I got a bargain when I bought the FB Express 10'4" for net $139. This deal however is almost unbelievable at net $100 and may still be available. I don't fish but I do camp and this boat has the room and can handle the weight. My friend said I could always sell it. Are you kidding I said, I'm going to enjoy it to the max. Thank you Future Beach and Ocean State Job Lot, I don't even look much at other stores or brands of kayaks lately. Two members of my family have received new FB kayaks this year. If they keep having these deals, several more members of my family may be getting boating upgrades.
Easy to handle. Unlike canoes, it "cuts' into opposing wind with ease and doesn't drift from it's path. Enough storage. The only negative point is the seat. Too flimsy and uncomfortable after a while. I am looking at upgrading or retrofitting the seat but I am definitely keeping the kayak. The price was right.
So, with that said, I agree with all reviews on here about the FB 160. Don't be discouraged about Ocean State's pricing in 2015. They have increased substantially with the Future Beach line. However, this yak is worth $500 easy. You're not going to find a more stable, very mountable, and somewhat rig able fishing yak.
For two years I caught many LG mouth bass on this yak. FYI the King Fisher seat I think (by Harmony) seat fits nicely on the boat and a huge upgrade from the deck Ouch, a Kmart boat cushion after one trip, Dicks foam pad I added, then King Fishing was the best or the 4 combo's. One of my best friends has it now. I let him fish from it last year, he loved it and he is not a small guy. He loved it and bought it last month when I purchased my new OT Predator.
Happy Yaking and fishing. Peace, Out RJ Unleashed!
I have been in Narragansett Bay, (RI). with 3 ft swells. IT is very stable. I have stood on it (I weigh 235). I see friends at the fishing clubs spending $1300 for an Ocean Kayak or Hobie. The only negative with Future Beach is their lack of options... seats, lighting, trolling motors. I plan on utilizing the rod holders for a trolling motor. The motor support will allow for additional rod holders, lighting, seat support and counter weight measures. So I spend $200 bucks, I still win.. PS. when you're out a mile off shore or that's where the fish drags you to, trolling motor can save your life.
I do highly recommend this kayak. For the money you just can't beat it. Quality seems very good.
The Angler 160 is a great fishing platform, real stable, I clock in around 230-35 lbs depending on whether it's before dinner or after and I have no problem at all standing in this yak and tossing a fly or spinner.
It's not real fast but I didn't buy it for racing, just fishing. It's heavy for a Yak, 74 lbs, that's the only real drawback about it overall. I own a truck so I don't have to fight to get it loaded, unloaded but I would not want to car top this Yak, could be a real pain in the back, etc.
It's made for a large angler (xxxl) and has the weight capacity of over 400lbs. Two flush rod holder, up-front scotty rod holder, seat, two 6" dry storage and bungee straps on the side... it's ready to be on the water.
Someone coined the term "SUV of boats" in a review when I first started looking, I think that term applies here. This boat offers a huge capacity (I can take my 6 year old daughter or large dog along comfortably), comfortable seat, & stable ride. Pretty much meets the SUV criteria.
There are a few basic improvements to make the boat truly awesome. One add a larger back storage hatch in place of the 8" one(I plan on doing that this winter), two open up the bow hatch instead of the shallow trey under the front hatch(I have already cut this open myself, it allows you to store larger items in the bow). Lastly eliminate the molded foot braces and use foot pegs. It would make standing up a bit easier. There is space to mount them, as the mold shape has enough space to do so. I think that may be a winter project too. So I end the way I began, Great boat for the money!
I am 5'10" and 230lbs and this kayak handles me and all my gear without a problem. It tracks true, and I seem to be able to generate some good speed, even though the boat is large and wide. I've paddled out of the mouth of a river into large ocean surf and had no problems. My favorite feature is the stability. I have no trouble turning and kneeling on the seat to reach gear in the rear well, or kneeling in the cockpit to get items in the front hatch. I have landed a 27# striped bass and the boat felt solid as a rock. The smaller hatches, once I sealed them with silicone, are fairly watertight, even when taking waves over the cockpit. The rear well is great for holding a milk crate and or a 5 gallon bucket.
This boat is definitely for a larger paddler. The ONLY reason I would not give it a ten is due to the difficulty transporting it. I would consider myself very strong, and I struggle to get this boat on the roof of my truck alone, but I don't mind a little extra effort since I get the stability I need.
Overall, this is a fantastic fishing platform, and you won't find a better value, trust me I tried.
I love this kayak and found it on sale at a good price, $399.99. It paddles easy and tracks well. It is a little heavy for one person to handle but you forget all about it after you get it on the water. If your looking for a fishing kayak, this is a good one. I have an Old Town Vapor 10 that is rigged up for fishing and it is a nice kayak but I found that I like the sit on top better, easier to get on and off. Great kayak.
It may be a little on the heavy side, although I checked against others and at 57# it really isn't all that bad for a SOT. I would say that my only complaint would be against the graduated footwells. I would much rather have preferred adjustable braces.
Over all, for the price this was very hard to pass up on. I got it in the $550 range and that was shipping included. It also cam with a paddle, scupper plugs, and a padded seat. That is a great value. If you consider this kayak for purchase, there is also the freedom model that is the same boat... only the price is $50 more. I guess that is for more color options. The angler comes in Sand or Olive Green.