The Ultimate FX Propel 13 is the lightest weight 13’ pedal drive on the market. Designed with heavy input from Native Watercraft's Pro Staff, the FX Propel is loaded to the gills (no pun intended) for some serious kayak fishing. The open deck allows for easy loading and unloading of gear at the ramp and comes standard with: a built in battery box for power supply to electronics, hatch cover on the bow to shed water and keep valuables in place, built in transducer mount underneath the hull, huge under-seat storage area, multiple Groove Track rail mounts bow-to-stern for easy personalization. Last but certainly not least is an adjustable thwart box that can be used as a cooler/beverage holder, dry storage, Plano box storage and rod management system. All this coupled with a proven Propel Drive system and you have one lean mean fishing machine.
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I was interested in this kayak for many years but was always hesitant to purchase due to the hull not having scuppers and not being self-bailing. I finally broke down and decided to purchase one, and I’m very glad that I did. I’ve taken this kayak out in some pretty rough water and have not had any issues with the it taking water over the sides. The only time I really have issues with water intrusion is when it rains but absorbing with a sponge or cheap manual bilge pump is a quick fix. The pros far outweigh that con. The boat is fast and tracks really well. When fishing heavy foliage, I can pull the drive and easily paddle as needed. The rail mounted storage compartment that comes with the kayak is an awesome accessory. I added two additional rod holders to the compartment for holding up to 4 rods. The Propel drive is unmatched in my opinion. This is a tried and tested drive system that is very durable. The bicycle pedaling motion requires very little effort and the instant hands free reverse is the only way to go. This kayak is quickly becoming my favorite kayak I’ve ever fished out of.
I have had the Ultimate FX propel for two years, and have used it many times. I am primarily a fly fisherman, so I will gear my review towards that use. I have had and have several fishing kayaks including other pedal kayaks. I have also tried many others, I have been at this awhile. This is my favorite fishing kayak period. It moves well, turns well, is plenty stable, has room, is not too heavy, and extremely comfortable to fish from. I was able to talk to Woody from Native at the ICAST show, and I think he likes this boat as much as I do. Thanks Native!