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Feelfree "Lure 13.5"

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Felfree Lure 13.5

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Feelfree
Model:
Lure 13.5
MSRP ($):
1,599.00
Length (ft):
13.5

Feelfree Kayaks is taking kayak fishing to a new level in stability, comfort, and versatility with the new "Lure 13.5 Kayak". The Lure 13.5 offers larger deck and wide open standing platform. It features a multi-use console positioned immediately behind the bow hatch and a removable sonar pod to make electronics installation a breeze. The lid has an inlaid cutting board for prepping bait or cutting fish and is insulated so the console can be used with the optional cooler insert to keep your drinks, bait, or fish cold. An integrated transducer recess and port make for easy installation of a fish finder. The Lure 13.5 still includes all the other great feature of the Lure family like the removable multi-level, multi-position extra wide Gravity Seat, Feelfree's wheel in the keel, and Uni-Track system

Features:

  • Wheel in the keel for easy transport
  • Integrated bow, stern and side carry handles
  • Multi-use front console includes cutting board with an insulated lid and sonar pod
  • Two Fishing rod holders
  • Track system provide a variety of outfitting options

 Specs:

  • Width: 36″
  • Weight: 95 lbs
  • Capacity: 500 lbs

 

Photos

Feelfree lure 13.5 on Las Cuevas bay
Feelfree lure 13.5
Lane snapper 2 miles offshore on the lure 13.5
Front hatch
2 miles out on the sandbar
Sonar pod
Cooler hatch

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
2.0  (2)
Stability 
 
5.0  (2)
Durability 
 
4.5  (2)
Features 
 
4.5  (2)
Value 
 
4.0  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
2.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Very good almost all rounder

I had the feelfree lure 13.5 on pre order when it was announced and received it 2 weeks ago, the trip wasn't too kind from the US to Trinidad but the hull was not cracked or punctured just a few unsightly shallow scratches. I took it for its first trip to the nearby lagoon in shallow water and later went out to a 2 mile out sand bank.

The kayak is heavy and car topping is difficult and needs 2 persons as the kayak would want to roll back on its wheel. Best to use a trailer or truck bed extender if you can when help isn't available to avoid a nose crash. Moving it around short distances the wheel is a help once the surface is reasonable smooth and firm, you can think of of it as a 2.5" wide drag plate on sand or mud which is fine for short distances but still get a cart for any log distance pull or uneven terrain.

In the water the kayak is very stable but almost barge like getting it moving, takes more than a few good strokes to get it up to speed and it's speed isn't that great. Most other kayaks will easily out sprint it but it does glide well so keeping it at speed and cruising isn't difficult enabling runs of reasonable distances but it isn't for long distance open water runs. The hull design seems to favour maneuverability and stability sacrificing tracking, there is quite a bit of nose walk and a rudder is strongly recommended to keep it in line. In choppy water the hull did surprisingly well and after moderate surf no water got in the hull with the very well sealed front hatch but water does splash into the cockpit a little before the hull rides over a wave so I would keep the 2 front scuppers unplugged. I received 6 scupper plugs for the cockpit with the kayak and they do not fit perfectly flush with the deck and the 4 scuppers under the seat have a slight raised lip ( hence why it can fit flush to the deck ) while the front 2 are the only ones that have the recessed channels but when the plugs are in it will not let water in the channels out even with the flip top open so pul them out to let all water drain out.

The gravity seat is great, no sore butt or sleepy legs but I wished the seat back was a little higher, it does require a little servicing to keep it in optimal working condition with lube and retightening some screws etc that the manual does not mention, I was informed buy another lure owner and the seat works so much easier after 2 min of tlc. A small over sight that can be corrected with an online PDF I believe. Good news is that in chop and a little mild surf the seat was dry as was my rear even with the scupper plugs out in the lowest position. Very little water enters the scuppers if any with only a little scupper slap hell even my feet were dry walking around the deck in mild chop.

The standing platform has a layer of plastic or PVC under the rubber matting that appears bolted down so it is very firm and this I'm guessing is the reason for the kayaks heaviness as is it's rather thick hull that should stand up to some abuse. The really great feature I love is the sonar pod, it has a small tray to place your battery on that keeps it just above the level of the deck and out of any water, it was easy to mount my garmin fish finder on to but it isn't fully sealed so a dry bag for the battery as a precaution is still wise. The uni tack rails worked as advertised and you can buy the yak gear rail adaptors in your not going to be moving stuff around much as they are cheap and work.

A major improvement is the cup holders, no longer semi circles as in the 11.5 but almost a full circle with a small gap so anything that fits will not fall out keeping my water bottle and a cup of tea in them with out spilling a drop even when the seat was raised. The cooler insert was available as yet but a soft sided lunch cooler fit in nicely and stayed cooler than if it were out on deck, I hope their cooler insert will be out soon.

All in all a very nice yak for moderate distances in many areas.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great seat, Very stable, lots of cockpit room, durable,easy fish finder installation
Cons:
Slow, heavy
Feelfree lure 13.5 on Las Cuevas bay
Feelfree lure 13.5
Lane snapper 2 miles offshore on the lure 13.5
Front hatch
2 miles out on the sandbar
Sonar pod
Cooler hatch
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Speed 
 
2.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Super wide, stable, flats fishing machine

Please view my video for my thoughts.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, Seat
Cons:
Heavy, Slow
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