Kayaks for a family of 4

We decided to spend the family vacation fund that we put money into monthly on some boats instead of going to disneyland.

So this is the beginning of some good times, today I took the kids and we drove a few hours to a really nice high end outdoor shop called Pack and Paddle. I have spoke on and off with a guy from the shop and USN member named Skip well to say the least I got squared away.

I purchased 2 Native Ultimate 14.5 tandem high bred kayaks, did a good amount of research on boats. Everything I read on this boat was all good the biggest draw-back is the weight which is not really that bad with both seats in it weighs 78 pounds. This boat can carry 450+ pounds of gear and its extremely stable many fish in the standing position in calm water with no problems.

I brought one home today and pick the other up on Friday, I will be building a nice rack for the toyota so we can haul them both. I have some work to get done but Corbe and I have recon-ed a cool spot for the first trip together then once we have the second boat the kids will be joining us.

I will get some video up and some fishing pictures end of the week., so more to follow

No longer stranded on weed filled banks its time to go get'em


Native Ultimate 14.5 tandem (converts solo as well)

Native Watercraft website

Pack and Paddle

I got the custom "SAR" edition...lol

I did a few improvements and would like to do more but I need some time in the boat to see how things are going to work. Eventually I would like to put in a fish-finder/GPS....

The parts supplied for the Scott rod holder sucked so I made a custom one from 1/4" textured G-10, it's pretty bomber now.

Picked up some 1/4" horse stall high impact rubber and built some movable/removable floor mats, they will dampen sound and protect our fishing reels other gear etc.

Corbe and I will be taking "The Sand-Raider"? on its maiden voyage tomorrow. We will be exploring/fishing the headwaters/bayou of Bundick Lake which is about 20 minutes from the house and looks extremely inviting


  1. Great boats! I was not aware they even made a hybrid like that. I have one flat water kayak and one canoe. Both purchased when my kids were in scouting. I like them, but those hybrids are best of both. Seats w/ backs, foot pegs, rod holders! A perfect way to spend a family vacation in my book! Have fun...

  2. Widgetdr,

    We have got out twice now and they have turned out to be very stable, excellent for fishing and pretty comfortable after 5 hours.

    Great stuff and thanks for the comment