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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00

Mystery Propel Kayak Revealed!

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Native Watercraft recently released a video describing some of the improvements they have made to their popular “Slayer” line of fishing kayaks. Immediately after the video was released, user comments started popping up on the Native Watercraft Facebook page and the YakAngler.com Forums “Is that a Slayer with a Propel Drive in the background?” and “Ok, what's with the Propel driven yak in the background?”.

I immediately took a close look at this mystery boat in the background of the video. The bow was not the same shape as the Native “Mariner”, one of their current Propel drive kayaks. The hull was nothing like the “Ultimate”, their other production kayak with a Propel drive option.

I was unable to figure out if this was a brand new model or an updated one, so I decided to go straight to the source. I gave Woody Callaway of Native Watercraft a call, and he has confirmed that the kayak in the background is a Propel Slayer.

If all goes well with the mold, the Propel Slayer should be available in the fall of 2013. Woody said, “We raced a Mirage Drive kayak with turbo fins and it kicked derriere.” Woody said that according to their GPS, they easily sustained 5+ MPH in it. The seat has been altered on the Propel Slayer. It will no longer have the High/Low seating option; instead, the seat will now slide forward and backwards. Woody said the reason for this is the seat needs to adjust to allow for kayakers with different length legs.

Specs: Length 13' 2" | Width 33" | Weight 101 lbs. | Projected MSRP: $2,399

Native Watercraft Slayer 13 propelClick on the image of the Slayer Propel for a larger view

The Slayer has quickly become one of Native Watercraft’s top selling fishing kayaks. Add on a Propel drive for hands free fishing, and I see a contender for top fishing kayak for 2013!

Last modified on Thursday, 15 August 2013 06:29
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


+1 # Plan B 2013-07-23 08:49
Thanks for the investigative report. Cool info to know.
# smj190 2013-07-23 09:25
Thank you for keeping us on the cutting edge of the yak angling news! I wonder how much they will sell for.
# rnosal 2013-07-23 10:45
gonna guess around $1800... kinda wish I would have waited, told my wife I need to upgrade even though I have had my slayer 12 for 1 month.
# yakin.is.good 2013-07-23 13:01
WOW very cool boat I think I'll sell my Revo 11 in place for this. It'll make a good companion to my PA 12. I wonder how Durable the Propel system is in comparison to the Mirage Drive.
# MontyMurdoch 2013-07-23 13:45
I am assuming they will still sell the paddle version of the Slayer also.
# YakSushi 2013-07-24 08:19
Quoting MontyMurdoch:
I am assuming they will still sell the paddle version of the Slayer also.

# Mike Mogler 2013-07-23 15:24
Any specs. on this kayak? Looks good!
# Bob A 2013-07-23 15:26

I was really, really interested in this new kayak. Until....I saw the weight... no lifting to the roof w/ that one... ..:sad: oh well, i'll stick to my perception...
# gssterl 2013-07-23 17:24
This is what I have been waiting for!!
# roberte68 2013-07-27 21:00
Wow, that will be a nice boat.
# Julio 2014-07-16 21:47
:roll: Are you representative in Brazil? How i buy one kaiak?
tks, Julio

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