Native Watercraft, US based company known for their sit on top and hybrid fishing kayaks had a busy and productive year. For 2018 they prepared some treats for kayak anglers. They added a brand new kayak in their lineup and improved some of their best-selling models. Let’s take a look their newest kayak first.
Native Watercraft Titan Propel
Titan Propel or an „Ultimate Bass Fishing Boat “as they like to call it is a new player on the market. Native Watercraft has been using past experience and inputs from their stuff and pro anglers to create an Ultimate fishing „machine“.
In the process they tried not to sacrifice but to combine all the kayak specification to get the perfect kayak. Stability, speed and maneuverability combined together makes Titan propel versatile and revolutionary kayak.
Native Watercraft came with 3 sizes of Titan Propel kayak:
- Titan Propel 10.5
- Titan Propel 12
- Titan Propel 13.5
Features of Titan Propel 13.5
With the width of 37,5“/95 cm for Titan 10.5 , 39“/99cm for Titan 12 and 41.5“/105cm for Titan 13.5 it is no question that this kayak offers unsurpassed stability and more than enough room and flexibility to move around the boat.
On the stern there are Dual Power Pole mounts for dual anchoring to further increase stability. Propel 12 and 10.5 have 1 power pole mount. Thanks to that feature together with kayaks width, standing and sight casting in kayak has never been easier and safer.
Titan Propel 13.5 is their flagship, so it has the most features. A lot of features are unique, really innovative and useful.
Instead having rods sticking out from a rod holders or crate behind a kayak, titan 13.5 has 4 horizontal rod storages that keep rods safe. (Titan 12 and 10.5 have 2 horizontal storages)
Gear track are placed all over the kayak, from front to back, which means unlimited rigging options.
Native Watercraft Propel Pedal drive „First with reverse “is responsible for running this kayak. Propel Pedal drive is on the market since 2008 and is well proven. It runs both forward and in reverse.
This drive is easily removed and with adding a custom motor mount that can be purchased with the kayak, any trolling motor can be used for a power assisted ride. This is a great feature that eliminates buying special expensive drive.
Titan Propel is equipped with first class elevated seat, designed for comfortable transitions between standing and sitting. Seat is easily moved out of the way for a walk-around deck.
Storage under seat for Plano boxes also eliminates need for a crate behind, so everything is easily reachable.
Titan 13.5 has a seat sliding rails that go all the way to the back of the boat so adding another seat behind is possible. We have all been in situation that you want to take your kid fishing, now Titan 13.5 made it easy and possible. Titan 10.5 and 12 don’t have that option.
|Model||Length||Width||Fitted Hull Weight*||Fully Rigged Weight**||Depth @ Beam||Capacity|
|Titan Propel 13.5||13’6″ / 4.11m||41.5″ / 105 cm||154 lbs / 69.9 kg||178 lbs / 80.7 kg||14″ / 36 cm||550 lbs / 249.5 kg|
|Titan Propel 12||12′ / 366 cm||39″ / 99 cm||109 lbs / 49 kg||138 lbs / 63 kg||13″ / 33 cm||500 lbs / 227 kg|
|Titan Propel 10.5||10’9″ / 328cm||37.5″ / 95 cm||97 lbs / 44 kg||121 lbs / 55 kg||13″ / 33 cm||500 lbs / 227 kg|
Despite its size and weight tests showed that kayak is fast enough and very maneuverable. Only downside I can think of is its weight and transport problem without a trailer or a good system for loading it.
It’s been a while since I was so delighted with functionality and tons of smart solutions built into a kayak. Native Watercraft Titan Propel 13.5 is as close as it gets to a bass fishing boat when it comes to stability and sight casting while still keeping the magic of kayak fishing.