Posted 09 June 2014 - 07:11 PM
When asking about the Ultimate...are you talking the standard U12 or the new FX12? Then I would ask how heavy are you? The Slayer 12 is a fairly maneuverable boat that will handle rivers nicely. It draws less water than either Ultimate since it doesn't have the tunnel hull. It also tracks easy enough and doesn't wag too much while paddling...it is very controllable and predictable. It is not quite as stable as both Ultimates, but is still definitely stable enough to stand and fish in. It, like all sit-on-tops, is very easy to get into and out of...you can just back you bum up to the seat and sit down. The Ultimates you have a bit more effort. The Ultimates are lighter as pointed out and are totally open....so if you take on a wave or it gets nasty out...you are stuck dealing with that water...and if you weigh a lot...once you start taking on water in wavy conditions...you better hope you are close to shore. The Ultimates' optional skirts help with this matter. I'm not sure what 02 means by 'you can get things closer to you'? Maybe the Slayer has divided cargo areas where the Ultimate is totally open so things can slide around. You are a bit restricted in those areas by placing size specific items...that isn't a big deal with an Ultimate since it is...totally open.
Some people just prefer to sit down lower in a boat...that is the Ultimate. Some people prefer self-bailing...the Slayer. Some like the easy high-low seat positions...the Slayer or the FX.