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Submitted: 07-25-2013 by EAngels
I bought the Ultimate 12 when it first came out and never found anything to equal it as an all around canoe/kayak. It is actually a canoe that paddles like a kayak and rides shallow like a kayak. It is stable, maneuverable, fairly fast and very rugged at 55 lbs. The seat is adjustable and very comfortable and cool. Foot rests are adjustable as the seat is (tilt,seat height,front to back movement).
I outfitted mine for very little money to carry a trolling motor on the rear to fish from and it is fast with no paddling at all. Never a mechanical problem with this boat. It has design features that hardly any boat has and it keeps you dry all year round and never turns over! It is very stable with a 'tunnel hill'. Some fly fishermen stand up in it, but I advise against that.
It tracks well, is manageable to load and unload from car to water by one man, and is nearly an ideal fishing boat in a quiet river or lake and gets in the smallest places. And it's rugged poly that can be dragged to portage and I made a wheeled axle to strap under mine to move it easily a few hundred yards on a path to the river from a parking area.
Look at this type of boat from Native Watercraft and ask yourself if you want to be wet in 40 degree weather or if staying dry and comfortable and stable in every season is more appealing. You already know my preferences!
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