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Native Watercraft Ultimate FX 15

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Native Watercraft
Model:
Ultimate FX Solo
MSRP ($):
1,399.00
Length (ft):
15

The”Ultimate FX 15 Solo” is Native Watercrafts replacement for the Ultimate 14.5 Solo. The new Hi/Low seating allows kayak anglers to spot fish more easily, and the flat footwells let them stand in comfort for hours. Native Watercraft used the feedback from its customer’s one up the original and produce a deadly kayak fishing machine.

Features:
  • High/Low First Class Seat
  • Foot braces
  • Tunnel Hull
  • Large drain plug

Specs:

  • Width: 31" 79 cm
  • Weight: 81 lbs 36.5 kg
  • Depth @ Beam: 12.5" 31.75 cm
  • Capacity: 600 lbs 272 kg

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Average user rating from: 1 user(s)

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4.6
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4.0  (1)
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5.0  (1)
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5.0  (1)
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I've been paddling since 1974. I've owned and paddled well over 100 kayaks since I've been paddling and I can say that I am very impressed with this kayak. The ONLY downside to it is its weight and that is actually pretty normal for todays fishing kayaks. It has a ton of room for storing anything you may think of. Everything also sits down in the yak out of the way of trees and overhanging branches or tight aquatic vegetation. The seat is easy to adjust and has Native's great high-low positioning system...and since it is their new generation First Class Seat...it is very comfortable for all day paddling.
The boat is fast and tracks much better than the older Ultimate 14.5. It has nice glide and doesn't veer off course in a glide until it has almost lost all forward momentum. It accelerates nicely and turns well too. A wide sweep makes the boat turn with ease. The boat is VERY stable. I am 6'3" tall and weigh 260...the boat handles my weight with no problems and will take a ton of gear weight on top of my weight. The old Ultimate 14.5 did not handle weight nearly as well. The boat with the seat in the high position is still very stable and standing in this boat is an easy option for sight fishing.
There is more volume in the new FX 15 compared to the older 14.5. This allows the boat to rise over waves without taking any water into the boat. It pushes through weeds very well. The sharp bow parts dense cover easily and the tunnel hull tends to glide over the stuff more easily than a flatter hull.
The floor design is uncluttered making fly casting very nice...there isn't much down there to catch that fly line...unless you put stuff down there. The nice thing about Native boats is that they don't put things where they think you need them...they give you lots of Groove Tracks all over their boats that allow you to easily mount or move your accessories where YOU want them...without having to drill or patch holes in your boat.
Up to getting this boat, My Slayer 14.5 was may favorite boat. I had an older Ultimate 14.5 and liked the Slayer a lot better than the old U-boat. Now this new FX is a totally different beast and is now my go to boat. I really like having my gear down in the boat and the hull speed and stability put this boat on the top of my favorite's list.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
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5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Keith Hendrickson Reviewed by Keith Hendrickson September 23, 2014
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The Ultimate FX 15 SOLO

I've been paddling since 1974. I've owned and paddled well over 100 kayaks since I've been paddling and I can say that I am very impressed with this kayak. The ONLY downside to it is its weight and that is actually pretty normal for todays fishing kayaks. It has a ton of room for storing anything you may think of. Everything also sits down in the yak out of the way of trees and overhanging branches or tight aquatic vegetation. The seat is easy to adjust and has Native's great high-low positioning system...and since it is their new generation First Class Seat...it is very comfortable for all day paddling.
The boat is fast and tracks much better than the older Ultimate 14.5. It has nice glide and doesn't veer off course in a glide until it has almost lost all forward momentum. It accelerates nicely and turns well too. A wide sweep makes the boat turn with ease. The boat is VERY stable. I am 6'3" tall and weigh 260...the boat handles my weight with no problems and will take a ton of gear weight on top of my weight. The old Ultimate 14.5 did not handle weight nearly as well. The boat with the seat in the high position is still very stable and standing in this boat is an easy option for sight fishing.
There is more volume in the new FX 15 compared to the older 14.5. This allows the boat to rise over waves without taking any water into the boat. It pushes through weeds very well. The sharp bow parts dense cover easily and the tunnel hull tends to glide over the stuff more easily than a flatter hull.
The floor design is uncluttered making fly casting very nice...there isn't much down there to catch that fly line...unless you put stuff down there. The nice thing about Native boats is that they don't put things where they think you need them...they give you lots of Groove Tracks all over their boats that allow you to easily mount or move your accessories where YOU want them...without having to drill or patch holes in your boat.
Up to getting this boat, My Slayer 14.5 was may favorite boat. I had an older Ultimate 14.5 and liked the Slayer a lot better than the old U-boat. Now this new FX is a totally different beast and is now my go to boat. I really like having my gear down in the boat and the hull speed and stability put this boat on the top of my favorite's list.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
This boat is incredibly stable! THis yak is probably the best boat I've been in for large paddlers.
Cons:
It is heavy when loading and transporting
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