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Submitted: 10-01-2010 by SuperRed
First, the Magic 14.5 is quality constructed. This kayak tracks efficiently, has acceptable speed and is reasonably stable for most in shore fishing applications. The contoured fish bag works well with the lash points (the factory gear bag is another story and was poorly conceived). This is why the Magic only earned 5- stars in my book...b/c a good all around fishing kayak must complete the fishing equation to be considered a solid all around kayak.
Needless to say, the Magic certainly did not live up to expectations or its potential...and Native Watercraft will ultimately shoulder the blame for the Magic's many failures for years to come. With a little more vision on the part of its creator, the Magic could have been a great kayak.
The "Plug-N-Play" system was initially billed as versatile and modular. However, Native did not develop the Plug-N-Play concept to meet the demands of kayak fisherman. This probably explains why the Magic has now been factory discontinued. Specifically, user friendly rod holders, paddle holders and stake out pole holders would have been a good start. For example, the Scotty rod system is awkward, unstable and inconvenient riding on the Plug-N-Play bars. Other MFG's like Malibu incorporated these systems in a user friendly way. Then, Native discontinued the Plug-N-Play dash system altogether...unannounced...before I even received my Magic.
The rudder pedal fasteners continually break and the P-N-P snaps are a pain to use. Moreover, the lack of a hatch system makes this kayak an even bigger under achiever considering the Magic's hype and high price tag.
Finally, the 85lb weight on this kayak is ridiculous considering that its carrying capacity is low...50% less than comparable kayaks in its fishing class!! In fact, after this experience, I would never consider purchasing another Native Watercraft product again.
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