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New for 2016 - Native Watercraft Slayer Propel™ LT

Slayer Propel LT

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#1 NOG Admin

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 07:54 PM

Recently unveiled from Native Watercraft is the new Slayer Propel LT

 

Although the LT carries the Slayer Propel name the hull has a sharper entry and flared bow for smoother glide and handling of choppy water.

 

Key features are;

 

• Constructed of Thermoformed ABS for the current lights pedal drive kayak on the market.

• Fitted Hull weight 58 lbs (without seat and Propel drive)

• Fully rigged (includes seat and Propel drive) 77 lbs

• Length 12'

• Width 31"

• Capacity 350 lbs

 

Outfitted with;

• forward of seat Groove Tracks

• two flush mount rod holders behind the seat

• Anti-slip cockpit floor cushion

• paddle holder

• First Class seat

• Built-in rudder (same as other Propel models)

 

Available October 2016

 

Retail: $2,699

Ordering available at Get:Outdoors

 

Color Options: Blue over Beige, Inferno (orange) over Beige and Solid Beige

 

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#2 danny

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 05:17 AM

Thanks for the update, hopefully the manta ray propel is available at the same time for a side by side comparison.

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 11:31 AM

Sure. The Manta Ray is slated for Sring 2017, no solid date yet though.

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:30 PM

Sooooooo.....shiny. Good idea though. Us old folks need something light that we can lift.

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:25 PM

are those truly the final colors... and since this hull is lighter (new process) is that why we are seeing the 2 color combo ? not crazy about the colors...but its still very exciting news I'm thinking of trading up for one. :D



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:47 PM

From what we've been told they are for now. The different colors represent the thermoformed top and bottom halves which are joined together. 


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 04:00 PM

are those truly the final colors... and since this hull is lighter (new process) is that why we are seeing the 2 color combo ? not crazy about the colors...but its still very exciting news I'm thinking of trading up for one. :D

Thermomolded or formed boats are made an entirely different way out of a totally different plastic. Rotomolded boats (like about all of Native's boats up till now) start as powdered plastic that is measured out and dumped into a mold...then it is heated and spun around till the plastic melts and entirely covers the inside of the mold. With a thermoformed boat, they start with a flat sheet of ABS plastic, heat it up, then place it over a solid plug mold. Vacuum is applied and the air under the plastic is drawn out, and the plastic sheet takes the shape of the mold. The top half of the boat is made from one mold and the bottom half of the boat is made from another. This allows the boat to be 2 different colors if wanted. Once the plastic sheet cools down, it is trimmed up. Accessories can be added and then the 2 parts are chemically bonded together to form the whole boat. The material is thinner and lighter, but tends to be more rigid that a rotomolded boat of the same weight. It is a bit more scratch resistant but is not as puncture resistant since it is more rigid.  They are great for open water use, but not really recommended for rocky river use since a rock could punch through the material. The neat thing about the Slayer Propel LT is that Native rotomolds the motor mount for strength and that is inserted into the thermoformed hull to make a stronger lightweight boat all together.

 

 

Here is a neat video of how another line of kayaks Get:Outdoors carries makes their thermoformed kayaks...the process is basically the same through the industry, the biggest difference is the actual plastic compositions each company comes up with, so you should get a good idea from this video:


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#8 Mikem

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 08:51 AM

Several years ago, while employed by Boater's World, I sold Theroformed 'PELICAN' kayaks which came with 'white bottom' and 'blue' top.

 At my request to PELICAN they switched the colors and our district's 7 stores on the Gulf Coast of Florida received White Top and Blue bottom kayaks.

 

Blue bottom is what the fish see while looking upward. Much better match to mostly 'Blue skies'.

'White' top side is MUCH cooler to sit on in Hot, Sunny weather.



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 06:59 PM

I hope when they come out for sale they have gear tracks on them like the Slayer. I know these are pics of a prototype but the gear tracks would be a deal breaker for me.

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 08:37 PM

Yes, they are to have groove tracks forward or the seat.

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:17 AM

Why are they not being sold by many dealers?


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 06:27 PM

Thermoformed kayaks have an overall smaller market share than rotomolded however the reasons not every Native dealer does not stock them may vary. Some dealers are just not knowledgeable enough about thermoformed, may not be able to offer repair services, and thus not comfortable bringing them in the shop. The LT isn't much more than a SP 13. It is of course lighter weight but has a lower carrying capacity may limit the broader buying public. 

 

So although the appeal may not be as broad as roto it makes a good option for those seeking what it does offer.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:18 PM

The Native LT propel, can you stand on it like the propel 10 and 13 slayer?

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 08:24 AM

I think most people around 180-200lbs and 6' will find standing in relatively calm water doable. Beyond that likely not so so much stability assurance that you'll find with the SP 10 & 13.

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