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Maiden Voyage Slayer 10 :(


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#1 411sponge

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:52 PM

Hello everyone. I finally got my Slayer 10 today and took her out for her maiden voyage. Unfortunately, I have to say that I dont like the Slayer 10..... I LOVE IT!! :) I really have nothing major to complain about. I can understand where people arent happy with the turning radius but I found it adequate for my needs. I did make minor adjustments with my paddle a couple of times but that wasn't too much of a problem. The Propel unit made some noise but I don't think it was louder than what I expected. I took my time peddling and that motion seems very natural. I am guessing I was going 2-2.5 mph with minimal effort.
I took the very minimum gear with me just to see how she handled. My main "complaint" was my full sized paddle was constantly getting in the way of me peddling. Granted, I didn't install the cam lock paddle holders so I don't think that will be an issue. Overall, I am very pleased with the Slayer 10! I just need to figure out how I like it rigged to my liking and that will just take some time.
I just wanted to thank everyone for answering my questions about this yak! Tight lines my friends!!!!


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 05:11 AM

Great stuff mate! I think yours is a pretty typical reaction. The little niggles really arent deal breakers and can often be improved upon. Its a good thing to take your time modifying it. As youve already found, its not a huge yak so it helps to have only what you need and where you most need it. After a few trips out youll work out what you need and where everything goes. Happy yakking!

#3 411sponge

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:25 AM

Thank you Manno!  I was really impressed with the comfort of this yak..  My friend went out with me in a cheaper yak and after 2 hours, his back was starting to bother him.  I think I could have stayed out all day with no problems. 

Can everyone kind of give me an idea how you guys outfit your yak?  I want to get some ideas of not only what to bring with me, but where to store things as well. Thanks!!



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:24 AM

No doubt about the comfort level. The slayers are an absolute pleasure to fish from for extended periods. Mines at the stage of nearly being completey fitted out the way i want, with just a couple of bits and pieces left. All the usual suspects. Rod holders, sounders etc. With a bit of a twist.... I'll share the build in a separate thread when im done but there should be loads of guys on here to share the tips and tricks based on what they've done.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:40 AM

Looking forward to it!! 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:34 PM

411sponge congrats on your new yak. I was like you last year...and after looking at many pictures on here and on youtube to see how people rigged their yak and transported them I too manage to rig mine the way I like it. I also bought stuff thinking I would use... But it became too cumbersome or took up too much real estate.

I constantly get people coming up asking about my yak...
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:11 AM

I constantly get people coming up asking about my yak...

 

That is true there...these Slayers are conversation starters.



#8 411sponge

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

Bubba. I would love to get your insight on how you rigged yours. What stuff do you regret buying and what items are you glad you bought? I can say that one of the items that I purchased and I am so happy I did was a small backwater paddle for small positioning changes. Best $25 I spent.
I totally agree with you Mike. I put in at a small boat ramp and everyone was asking about it. I am really surprised not many people in my area have heard of Native.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:07 PM

Bubba. I would love to get your insight on how you rigged yours. What stuff do you regret buying and what items are you glad you bought? I can say that one of the items that I purchased and I am so happy I did was a small backwater paddle for small positioning changes. Best $25 I spent.
I totally agree with you Mike. I put in at a small boat ramp and everyone was asking about it. I am really surprised not many people in my area have heard of Native.

One big expensive item i regretted buying was the stand-up bar...I bought the Nu canoe one..it fits fine but took up weight and real estate and cumbersome...and in the end I only used it twice....collecting cob webs in my garage now ever since I learn how to stand up on my own. Yes, I too bought the assault paddle. Best investment on that. Easy to launch off or come back to shore. No need for the rescue paddles anymore. I just store them at the back.

 

 I hum and hawed about the native underseat, back and side storage. Due to their cost..but after many months on the kayak...I needed someway to store my stuff..put stuff away..started using using some fishing bags....etc...Cluttering my cockpit. I decide to go for it. See my picture showing the under seat stowage....the seat back stowage and side stowage. Expensive but good quality and I found them useful. No more cluttering on the deck. I can put all my tools and fishing stuff away nicely.

 

I hum and hawed on the landing gear as well...I was using my typical "lift and pull" elcheep0 cart. Worked well.....but got tired of the straps and trying the lift and alighn the keel into the pull noodles was troublesome but nailed it down to perfection after a while. However, hauling the cart took up some of the rear deck which gave me some minimal room for my cooler. Now as you can in my picture, landing gear,  cooler and rescue paddles....not an issue. So, good buy on the landing gear. Best investment as well. 

 

Scotty mounts or rail blazas? I went with scotty...I didn't like my go pro rail blaza mount. Too easy to come off. Scotty...you have to give it some heff to twist the lock open. 

 

Fishfinder rig? I just went with the side arm garmin echo one. I think hind sight...I would have gone with the bigger 5" screen. 

 

As squid was saying....it's a conversation starter. It never fails that everytime I go out. I have people coming up and saying..."wow...what a nice fishing rig you have...etc..." I've become a native product specialist now....lol!!....

 

Took these pictures this morning at Alloutte Lake... :)

 

Have fun setting it up. Will take a while to see what works and what doesn't. :)

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 08:23 PM

Congrats on your new Slayer! It seems like you're really happy with it. The more time you spend on the water the more you modify the setup to you. I'm still stoked about mine.

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 07:14 AM

Thank you very much!  I guess you could consider myself a minimalist when it comes to fishing but I am still trying to figure out the best configuration for my needs.  I hope you are enjoying yours as much as I am with mine!!  






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