I've owned my native watercraft slayer 10 propel now for almost 2 years so I've had plenty of time to document a fair assessment of this fishing vessel. Overall its a good kayak thats very stable, feels good on the water and offers all the basic features that you could ever ask for in a Kayak.
If I roll back time 2 years ago I was very torn between buying a Hobie Pro Angler 12 and a Native watercraft slayer propel 10. There was some distinctive differences between the 2 options and ultimately my decision was made by convenience rather then feature sets between the available options. The convenience came from purchasing the kayak from a friend at a reasonable price and because I owned a smaller car and had struggled to lift the Hobie Pro Angler 12 on the roof by myself. During those initial stages I immediately noticed some key strengths and weaknesses in features between the two options. The Native had reverse, something the hobies didn't have at the time, that appealed to me greatly especially with the mindset of targeting bream along structure. That being said the hobies looked more refined, more polished, more solid, offered better storage, more rod holders and available accessories. Nonetheless I choose the the slayer and have been very happy with the decision.
The stability and performance
The biggest thing that stood out to me about the slayer was its stability. I had taken many other kayaks out on the water and never really felt stable or safe. Mind you most of those kayaks had been cheaper models under $1,500. But the minute I hit the water for the first time I felt stable. I even confident enough to stand on it out on the bay.
4 available colours to choose from Blue Lagoon, Copperhead, Hidden Oak, and Lizard Lick. No doubt as you can tell mine came in copperhead which is bright and stylish.
Size, weight and Model options
It comes available in the following sizes and models
The very necessary upgrades
Once I had spent several sessions on the water I realized that the basic unit was missing some key necessities. Which is really surprising that you don't get them with a product with a RRP value of $4,500. For starters I only had one rod holder which is a major oversight for a angling kayak. I believe the model next released added 2 additional rod holders. But for me I bought 2 extra rod holders and fitted them behind the seat on each side. Cant help but feel very weary about drilling holes into a brand new toy thats worth $4,000, just makes you feel like you have been a little short changed.
Storage and organization was another key problem. I immediate went out and purchased a solid esky, added 4 additional rod holders to the esky and placed double sided valcro to make it stay in place. I must say that this is an absolute must. I just found it so difficult to store rods, nets and catches of fish without this. Again I cant help but feel this is something missing with the base unit. The hobies offer tackle box storage and fish catchments areas cleverly designed. This is easily achieved with a tackle box and will power but again feels strange that its not considered in the base unit.
I also found it absolutely necessary to upgrade to the better chair. The improved char offers storage for tackle boxes, pliers, scissors, drinks, clothes. It makes the whole kayak experience more enjoyable. Organization is the essential key when kayak fishing and the upgraded chair brings that to the table.
list of available accessories can be seen here https://nativewatercraft.com/shop
Propel Pedal Drive System with FORWARD AND REVERSE
Hand Sewn 1st Class Seating with Adjustable Inseam
Left Hand Rudder Control System
Impact Resistant Stern Rudder
17? Dry Bow Hatch Cover
Right Hand Forward Facing Rod Holder/Cup Holder
Two Flush Mount Rod Holders Aft
Several Groove Tracks for Accessory Mounting
Premium Deck Padding for Standing
Propel Drive Trunk Cover with Accessory Tray and Cup Holder
5? Dry Storage Hatch
Padded Carry Handles
Rear Storage Well
Super Seal Scupper Plugs
HULL DESIGN FEATURES
Sharp Bow Entry for Tracking
Modified Tunnel Hull for Ultra Stability and Tracking
Rudder Protective Keel for Tracking
The base unit at most locations sells for around $4,500. I must say that this is a steep price point to pay and the base unit misses many key features that you would find in the rival hobie. Again I was able to achieve all of those key features with upgrades and some cleverness but all came with extra cost.
Final word from the author
Its fair to summarize this fishing kayak by Native watercraft by saying its simply not a hobie. It sells at a very similar price point but its missing the polish, the vast range of accessories and the continual innovation that you get with a hobie. That being said its a very good kayak, has great stability, the added benefit of reverse and if you get creative you can customize it to be great.
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