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#1 Sammyfallen

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 09:14 PM

Hey guys, I currently have a mariner 12.5 propel and am planning to pick up a slayer 12 for water too shallow to take advantage of the propel. Im curious if my 260lbs will be to much for the 12. I take minimal gear when fishing: 2 rods, small color for food & water, and a couple plano boxes max. I had a Ultimate 12 a couple years back and felt like it drafted to low at my weight. Thanks in advance.



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 07:37 AM

Are you interested in the 12' because of lower weight or smaller waters? The Slayer 12 can carry your weight better than the older Ult. 12's but it will raise the water line higher on the bow, which will result in the nose pushing water, more noticeable at higher speeds. If you're floating calm rivers then it won't be much of an issue but if flat water and going longer distances a longer model would be beneficial.


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Posted 21 March 2016 - 07:38 AM

I'm the same weight and did fine in the 12' Slayer. I used it on both lake and river situations. It is fairly slow, so I opted for the 14.5 since I had more distance to paddle than tight maneuvering on my rivers. I also had another person with on rivers so the loading and unloading was much easier.


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#4 Sammyfallen

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 09:30 AM

Are you interested in the 12' because of lower weight or smaller waters? The Slayer 12 can carry your weight better than the older Ult. 12's but it will raise the water line higher on the bow, which will result in the nose pushing water, more noticeable at higher speeds. If you're floating calm rivers then it won't be much of an issue but if flat water and going longer distances a longer model would be beneficial.

Both to be honest.  I currently have a Lure 13.5 that I use for shallow and woody lakes, but, the weight and length make that a no go when needing to portage.  This will be my kayak that is loaned to friends / family and only used on occasion and in those narrow creek channels.


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#5 brdn_nkd

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:20 AM

i'm 6'5 315... i just spent a week fishing from a slayer 12 carrying a cooler of beer, two fishing rods, two plano boxes, a dry sack of plastics, a 5lb anchor, a 12v battery and fish finder and a pfd. 

 

i pulled in some largeish fish (12lb northern), fished some pretty choppy water on windy days, and even got pulled behind a motor boat (we were doing dumb things for entertainment purposes). through all of that I felt mostly stable as long as I was conscious of my movements. the boat paddles well and  moves well. on the windy days pushing the nose of the yak through the chop was resulting in some splash. 

 

as part of our entertainment i also stood in the yak to play with stability, fell out and got back in, and we turned the water into rough seas with the boat. all in all a great experience to get more comfortable with the boat; looking forward to paddling more this summer. 






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