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Paxton 03-18-2007 10:13 AM

Native Watercraft (Ulitimate)
Been playing with the idea of buying a yak and in looking around, came across the above "vessel"... it's designed for fishing, relatively light weight (44 lb for the 12 footer), has a pontoon hull design (coved upwards in the middle) for actualy allows one to stand and cast...even has a drop down keel for tracking and can come equiped with an anchor/pulley system which can be back mounted and controlled from the is high backed with much built in support and even designed to keep your legs in a slight downward position for comfort.
My only concern is...does it give a wet ride if seas are a bit rough......although it is a sit in design, there is no bow or stearn covering...only 2 support cross cockpit like a canoe.....this affords easy storage of gear and paddle when not in use.....but???
Has anyone used one....any comments + or - ????
Much appreciated,

sean 03-18-2007 10:25 AM

I think I am going to pick one up this year, just trying to secure a test ride somewhere but I like the design a lot. Perfect for what I am going to use it for as I have no plans for a open water ocean vessel but I am sure this boat could still do it in a pinch.

You can buy add ons to add a spray skirts in the front, back and middle. Go to orvis and type in kayak and you can see what it looks like. They sell an orvis branded one all tricked out but it is more expensive than if you just bought one yourself and bought the accesories yourself.


Paxton 03-18-2007 03:55 PM

Thanks Sean....I agree, it's looks like it would be perfect for salt ponds, estuaries, rivers......I would consider using it for Monomoy/SB area on a decent day....the sides seem higher than a conventional only question re bow skirt is, is it on a forward slope to keep spray from coming into the cockpit?.....going to check that out. I love the idea of standing and casting in shallow water over the edges of flats......their web site is good, shows pics of various uses...check it out.

PopnesetBay 03-18-2007 06:50 PM

Native American
I have been looking at the same thing. Have deater here in Up-State NY that expects some in by end of month and am going to do some serious looking. Probably won't be until water warms up before I try but that looks like it is the way I am going to go also.

bonefishmon 03-19-2007 05:09 AM

Without options around $800 with tax. The big O wants $1600.


jamie 03-19-2007 05:43 AM

Ron, you want one of these fish spotting machines.

Perfect for the tub.

Paxton 03-19-2007 07:56 AM

Jamie...that takes "glass bottom" boat to an entirely new level! :-) I can just see the crazed powerboat owners coming down on me at least 4 times per day:chuckle:

Sean Juan 03-20-2007 10:08 AM

I'd be a bit leery about that design seems to have many of the drawbacks of a canoe - certainly wouldn't want to do any surf landings or launches.

Getting buzzed by a powerboat can ruin your day.

PopnesetBay 03-20-2007 02:29 PM

Native Watercraft
It might be, Sean, but the "Elite" model has the "tunnel hull" and reportedly is very stable. I intend to look at one and when the water gets to a point that a "brass monkey" can stand in it, I will water test, just to be sure. What reviews I have read by users are all pretty complimentary altho I still think it is best for transportation to where you get out and wade. Price is right and so is the weight.


FishHawk 03-21-2007 05:01 AM

Kind of interesting but I think it' s more of a clam water craft. Spray skirt would be a must. I would go for a SOT instead. The only disadvantage would being able to stand up and cast out of of SOT. However, all that being said , when it gets dicey out there I would much rather be in my SINK than SOT. I've been in some nasty stuff and my Neck handled it with ease. Some of those yahoos in the power boats can really make for an interesting day on the water. I got buzzed by a couple of young bucks trying to show off for their girlfriends. I should have turned them in to the Coast Guard.
As a final note each yak has it's plus and minus . One of these days I will get a SOT to add to my fleet.
Just my .02. Fish Hawk

Paxton 03-21-2007 08:02 AM

Bill....I think that you hit it on the head "every yak has it's + and _ "
This yak's +'s are: comfort, stability, ability to stand and cast...the negative....wet on a rough day. So it's going to come down to how one's going to use it....if it's estruaries, salt ponds and protected's a good choice....rough water(spray)...not. Of course if's it's mid summer and warm...who cares:) I did look at them again the other day (I think that the dealer is begining to think that I'm a pervert or something)...the sides of the hull are at least 4 to 5 inches higher than a traditional yak, which would control for at least some spray....the more I think of this partcular yak is really a 'Yaknoe" combo of Kayak and canoe. AND of course the last decision: do I really need to have a yak? of course, I could say that about 1/2 the other stuff I have for fishing.:)
PS: If I go to the dealer one more time, I think that he will just give it to me so I don't come back :)

Sean Juan 03-21-2007 10:13 AM

Stablity wasn't my concern but getting swamped. If a wave or wake was to hit the side of that yak or a canoe it could fill it up pretty quickly I suspect. A SINK offers some protection, an SOT its not even an issue. Its probably not a huge issue, just the first thing that came into my mind when I saw the design.

The Native Magic seems to have many of the same advantages but as an SOT.


I can stand and cast out of both of my SOT's a FishnDive and a Marquesa - I'm a good sized guy and not all that coordinated. I think standing and fishing is highly overrated because if you catch anything decent you have to get down to land the fish. The Marquesa is nice because it is perfect for kneeling which makes it ideal for spotting a fish, praying, casting, and hopefully landing fish.

I always find it interesting to see what guys like and dislike in yaks. Like some people don't like sot's because you get wet, I like them for exactly the same reason, catching the occasional wave on the chin is part of the fun.

neastfly 03-21-2007 11:01 AM

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The link was sent to me by a kayaking buddy.

sean 04-04-2007 07:02 PM

Well I just bought one of these and pick it up Monday. Will report back after I have some time with it.


Wee Hooker 06-05-2007 04:32 PM

Keep us posted! Did you test paddle first?
What dealer did you use?

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