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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Native FX Propel 13 - Quick Review  (Read 525 times)

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Hello All,

I had a chance to finally pedal a FX Propel 13 last week at the CCK Paddlefest.  I can say that I honestly liked the boat a lot.  It was smooth, and the bow style really cut the water better than the Slayer models, which are more built for stability.  The drive on the FX13 is the same used for the SP10, with the shorter thwart bar that the 10 uses.  The seat is the same as other models, although sits lower in the water due to the canoe hybrid style hull.  Due to the lower seat position, this added to the stability of the boat and made it super easy and comfortable to stand up in.

The rear thwart/tackle & storage box was a really nice touch to these boats.  This boat would be great if you're primarily a flatwater paddler due to its non self-bailing design - in addition as its a canoe style boat it has a ton of available storage room for daytrips or extended paddle/camping trips.  It has the integrated rails like other Native boats do, which makes rigging easy.  It comes available in 5 different color combinations, and has a transducer mounting location and mounting plate in front of the drive under the hull.

Find out more info by visiting Native's site here:
http://nativewatercraft.com/product/ultimate-fx-propel-13/


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How much does it weigh?
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How much does it weigh?
79lbs unladen, drive and seat add about 15 pounds.  I forgot to mention, its a bit faster in my opinion than the SP13, maybe .25-.5mph faster, primarily due to the hull design (narrower) and sharper bow entry.


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Where (which CCK) did you get to demo it? I'd love to demo one, and have been eyeballing them ever since I first saw one.
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Where (which CCK) did you get to demo it? I'd love to demo one, and have been eyeballing them ever since I first saw one.
It was at CCK Paddlefest which I was helping to put on.  The kayak was brought down by our west coast distributor.  I do not believe that CCK actually has one in its shop.  I don't know of any west coast dealers who carry them in inventory, but I can find out if any do, or if we can get a demo set up down here. 


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Where (which CCK) did you get to demo it? I'd love to demo one, and have been eyeballing them ever since I first saw one.
It was at CCK Paddlefest which I was helping to put on.  The kayak was brought down by our west coast distributor.  I do not believe that CCK actually has one in its shop.  I don't know of any west coast dealers who carry them in inventory, but I can find out if any do, or if we can get a demo set up down here.

It appears in a new thread today that there is one in Arcata/Eureka area. A bit far for the most of us, though.

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=72920.msg829284;topicseen#new
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Where (which CCK) did you get to demo it? I'd love to demo one, and have been eyeballing them ever since I first saw one.
It was at CCK Paddlefest which I was helping to put on.  The kayak was brought down by our west coast distributor.  I do not believe that CCK actually has one in its shop.  I don't know of any west coast dealers who carry them in inventory, but I can find out if any do, or if we can get a demo set up down here.

It appears in a new thread today that there is one in Arcata/Eureka area. A bit far for the most of us, though.

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=72920.msg829284;topicseen#new
I doubt Mad River Tackle will carry the FX13, but I can check.  One place that is stocking Propels is a limited number of West Marine and Cabela's stores.  But I also dont know if they are carrying FX. I've pinged our distributor about that.  The best way to get access to a demo boat is to ask your local retailer (CCK) for them, which may convince them to bring one in.  Demo models do cost them money, so they won't do it without demand.