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Pros and cons of Ultimate 14.5 and FX15


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#1 neckbone

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 11:59 PM

OK, so I currently have a Slayer propel 13. I love this boat, but I my wife has found out she enjoys going out well. Looks like I'm being given the green light to start a fleet.

I'd really like to hear from anyone who's owned both boats. Give me your opinion on each boat. I'll be using in lakes, rivers and inshore salt (rarely). I do plan on using this for fishing shoals for smallmouth, so it'll definitely be used as a single some too. I also have three young kids.

I will be trailering it. Looking forward to hearing from you guys.

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 09:01 AM

In short summary,

14.5
1- lighter weight
2- less expensive
3- slightly more maneuverable

15
1- greater carrying capacity - better suited for 2 adults
2- sturdier seat attachment to hull

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 03:54 PM

not sure if the Ult 14.5 has the rail track systems that the Slayer and Ult FX have....I'd lean towards FX so I can use track accessories universally

 

FWIW I've got a FX12 and SP13



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 09:21 PM

Hmmmmm. I have a fishing machine in the SP13. I've been in an ult 16, and absolutely loved it. I really like the accessory tracks and the high low seats, but are they worth $600? Same price, no question I'm getting the FX15. Damn decisions. Haha

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:18 AM

The tandem U14.5 is good for 2 small adults or an adult and child. With larger adults it can draft a lot of water and could get serious if the waves get up. The FX15 is a work horse. It will do fine in the water you mention.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:09 PM

The tandem U14.5 is good for 2 small adults or an adult and child. With larger adults it can draft a lot of water and could get serious if the waves get up. The FX15 is a work horse. It will do fine in the water you mention.


I love my FX 15. We've fit 2 adults, 2 kids, & a toddler in it with ease. Even with that much weight (maybe 475# give or take) we had good stability and no draft concerns. The FX 15 is great solo too. I will be buying a Propel model for myself in the future, but don't see my family getting rid of the FX 15 any time soon.
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#7 neckbone

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 06:31 PM

Great to hear Kayl. Describes my family except one small adult and one over 200lbs. Think I may save my pennies for the FX

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 07:39 PM

I have both .. a 2007 14.5  and a  2015 FX 15.  I much prefer the FX.  I use them for river camping ... like 7 days ... and you can pack more gear into the FX than you will ever use. 

 

One difference I have noted is that the tunnel section of the hull is  bit wider than on the FX15.  I don't know if this is true of the newer models of the 14.5.  I would think that the wider tunnel section of the 14.5 would make it more stable but I haven't really noticed any difference.  Both are the most stable YAKS I've ever been in.

 

While it is a lot simpler to convert the 14.5 to solo and back, the final result is that  the FX 15 is a lot more solid and firm that the 14.5 in both solo and tandem setup.

 

Just for the record I also have a 2009 16' Ultimate Multi Sport propel. I don't like the peddle drive personally so put in one of the new trolling motor adaptors and  a 55 lb thrust Minn Kota.  LUV IT.  Highly recommend the conversion.



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:14 PM

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