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Mariner 12.5 Propel

by Native Watercraft

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The Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 self propel certainly is a winner in…

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The Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 self propel certainly is a winner in my book. This is a very stable, easy to maneuver product. Even on a windy day peddling into a headwind, it makes forward motion effortlessly. As a fishing enthusiast, standing up and casting is very easy. Being able to peddle forwards and backwards is a plus as well. When fishing in brush, it is simply a matter of peddling backwards to pull the fish out of the brush. Having both hands free to handle your fishing rod at all times is a definite plus. I found the seat to be very comfortable and the adjustability for fit is excellent. Lastly, this kayak is fairly easy to load into the back of my pickup, even by myself. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a sturdy well built fishing kayak.

I have had this kayak for 2 years now. I am 90%…

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I have had this kayak for 2 years now. I am 90% saltwater fishing for reds, flounder and trout. I find the kayak is wonderful for trolling and fishing docks were the ability to reverse is great. My wife has an original Hobie with standard fins and I have to slow down for her to keep up. Stability is great and the seat is comfortable for hours.
On the negative side it is heavy and you have to be careful and not drag the yak on the rudder.

BUYER BEWARE!!! My Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 is less than 3 months…

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BUYER BEWARE!!! My Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 is less than 3 months old and the rudder broke off. It is not covered by warranty and Native Watercraft will not sell just the rudder. Instead you have pay $210.00 for a complete rudder assembly. This is HORRIBLE customer service. I will NEVER purchase another kayak from Native Watercraft.

This boat is my favorite for fishing. Put down the paddle and…

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This boat is my favorite for fishing. Put down the paddle and pick up a rod.
    Pros:
  1. Hands free fishing.
  2. New prop design is great.
  3. Reverse.
  4. Fast.
  5. Little need for an anchor.
  6. Very dry ride.
  7. Comfortable seat.
  8. Very high quality.
  9. Very stable for standing.
    Cons:
  1. Need to play with rudder to keep it straight.
  2. Tends to ride low in back with gear.
Still the best thing that out there for the serious kayak fisherman.

Purchased Native Mariner Propel after demo of it and a Hobie Outback…

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Purchased Native Mariner Propel after demo of it and a Hobie Outback. Can't believe you don't see more of these on the water. Perfect for fishing Louisiana marsh and beaches. Reverse adds tremendous flexibility in working cuts and holding position in strong tidal movement. When peddling next to a friend in Hobie Pro Angler, exertion and effort seem comparable.

Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a great kayak with a super propulsion system.

Tried this pedal powered boat at the East Coast Canoe and Kayak…

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Tried this pedal powered boat at the East Coast Canoe and Kayak festival this year in Charleston. Here are my observations which I (verbally) conveyed to the Native rep on site:
  1. The gear ratio and/or prop pitch is TOO high for tbs boat. It requires too much pedal effort to take it to hull speed.
  2. To compensate for the higher workload, the crank arms are so long that it makes smooth pedalling nearly impossible, thus eliminating one of the advantages it has over the Hobie pedal system.
  3. The seat needs some means of securing it's front edge to prevent it tipping backwards in response to the effort you put into pedalling.
  4. The rudder, which mounts to the end of the keel is not effective enough. With a small breeze blowing on the pond, I found it quite difficult to turn towards the wind.
I say all of these things as the VERY satisfied owner of a Native Ultimate 16 tandem. If they would reduce the gear ratio or pitch, and correspondingly shorten the crank arms, this would be a real consideration for a replacement (as a tandem with the Ultimate tunnel hull) for our current boat. I did watch several different size (and gender) folks try the boat, and their results were comparable to my own.