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Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

The Ultimate Fishing Kayak Just Got "Ultimater"

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Any time a company decides to update a popular model, there are risks: example, the 1974 Ford “Mustang”. This “Pinto-based” model was destined for failure, and today would still not be considered by some as a classic. When I heard Native Watercraft was updating one of their signature lines of fishing kayaks, I hoped I wouldn’t find a Pinto-esque rendition of the classic “Ultimate”.

I got my first glimpse of the “Ultimate FX” last week at Outdoor Retailer. Clean lines and the classic tunnel hull all made me breathe a sigh of relief. Native Watercraft has taken everything we loved about the original and made them better! The Ultimate FXs now have High-Low seating, a large drain plug, flattened foot wells, and easily convert from solo to tandem in the Ultimate “15 FX Tandem”.

When I paddled the Ultimate 15 FX Tandem, the kayak was much more comfortable to stand in because of the flat foot wells. Initial stability felt about the same, but the secondary stability has increased. Both Adam and I were able to stand on one leg in the kayak without the kayak ever coming close to flipping. Paddling and handling in the low seat position felt about the same as the Classic. In the high position, the kayak paddled well and was only slightly tippier.

Adam spoke with Shane Benedict from Native Watercraft at Outdoor Retailer who walked him through all the changes to the Ultimate for 2014.

With all the enhancements Native Watercraft has put into their latest Ultimate fishing kayak, I’m ready to trade in my original Ultimate 14.5 Solo for the Ultimate 15 FX Tandem.

Native Watercrafts new colors for 2014

native watercraft new colors

From top to bottom: Copperhead, Gator Bait, Blue Lagoon, and Lizard Lick

Complete Specs:

Ultimate 12 FX

  • Length: 12' 2" / 371cm
  • Width: 30.5" / 77cm
  • Fitted Weight: 52lbs / 23.5kg
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 57lbs. / 26kg
  • MSRP: $1,299

Ultimate 15 FX Solo

  • Length: 15' 3" / 465cm
  • Width: 31" / 79cm
  • Fitted Weight: 81lbs / 36.5kg
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 86lbs. / 39kg
  • MSRP: $1,399

Ultimate 15 FX Tandem

  • Length: 15' 3" / 465cm
  • Width: 31" / 79cm
  • Fitted Weight: 88lbs / 40kg
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 98lbs. / 44.5kg
  • MSRP: $1,699

*Fitted hull weight is the boat weight with the 5lb. First Class High-Low seat / seats removed

**Fully rigged weight is the boat weight with the 5lb. First Class High-Low seat / seats installed

Last modified on Thursday, 08 August 2013 18:41
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.


# RedFishJax 2013-08-09 08:00
Oh man...That Copperhead is a nice color! I'd like to get my hands on a Copperhead Slayer!
+1 # adam 2013-08-09 08:53
Nice write up sir. And I didn't even think to get someone to take pics while we were filling the boat up with water during our "Demo" shenanigans.
# Sully99 2013-08-09 22:35
It would be a tough call between the Lizard Lick and the Blue Lagoon.
# BuckRimfire 2013-08-12 16:37
That's a LOT of cockpit volume. Looks more like a canoe than a kayak. Is it self-rescuing if swamped, like an SOT? Can't tell from photos or text...
# FERAL ONE 2013-08-15 22:45
buckrimfire, it is not self rescuing. like any hybrid, if you swamp it, it will take help and advanced techniques to get it back in service.
# Deckape 2013-08-29 13:24
Nice article and cool video. When is the 15FX Tandem coming out?
# YakSushi 2013-08-29 15:27
Quoting Deckape:
Nice article and cool video. When is the 15FX Tandem coming out?

January 2014

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