Andrew from KC Kayaks asked me if I could find a little time today to get away from the show and paddle the K 12 to see what its all about. I had a cubscout event I had to attend this afternoon. Since I had to leave the show for that already I figured why not take it for a short paddle when that was over.
The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to unload this boat. At 62lbs it has to be one of the lightest boats I have had the pleasure of paddling. Once on the water I noticed that it felt the same way. I do think it would paddle better with some weight in it much like my Old Town Camper did. The next thing I noticed was that this boat is not the slow barge it appears to be! Granted I have paddled boats that paddle much better but I was suprised at the speed of this hull. Not to say that its a fast boat but it sure isnt slow.
The seating does need some improvement wich as I understand is on the way. It will flip over putting it in a higher position wich I found better for paddling. In this high position it has another use. Andrew showed me pics of himself standing on top of the seat casting a flyrod. I honestly thought it was done just for the photo. No way these guys actually fish from this position. Certainly not a guy my size right? Andrew calls it fishing from the top shelf. Well,Dan,heres your pic you requested!
Yep,thats 6'3" 260lb me standing on top of that seat! I was a bit nervous getting up there but once up it was easy to balance.
In short,this isnt the perfect boat for everyone but that boat has yet to be built. It paddles decent. Actually manuevers very well. I couldnt imagine a more stable fishing platform. The seat isnt the greatest compared to most kayaks I have paddled unless you are standing on it! With an improved seat it will be a good quality boat for chasing whatever flippered friends you target.If you havnt made it over to the tackle/boat show at APT yet to check them out,be sure to make it out tomorrow!