Relax, paddle, fish, or photograph - the Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Solo offers ample room, stability and performance for whatever on-water activity you decide to tackle.With every detail tried, tested, and perfected the feature-rich Native Ultimate is in a class all its own. Featuring a Groove Track mounting system, First Class seating, padded arm rests, and Easy Foot foot pegs the Ultimate isn't only stable and fast - it's comfortable too! And, with a full line of accessories made by Native Watercraft, you can easily outfit your Ultimate for any excursion.
- "It's called the Ultimate for a reason" - NTReview by Philip
- trully the ultimate fishing kayakReview by NJ05nismo
Paddling the 14.5 is a joy, i have done long distances on it, as well as paddled down rivers and around lakes and it has done both exceptionally well. The tracking on the 14.5 is better than the 12, but you do give up some maneuverability, however it is easy to compensate for. The boat also has the ability to take along a lot of gear, which is nice if you plan on camping out, or have a destination in mind...coolers, bags, even tents and air mattresses are no problem for this kayak.
As a fishing platform it cant be beat, between a seat riser and a paddle pole for standing, its easy to spot the fish or their hiding spots from a distance and throw your choice of fly or lure directly to them. Now rather than fishing blind to cover, I'm able to place my lure in the ideal spot, which has increased my daily catches.
The fir and finish of the native boats is impeccable. I have had no issues with screws or mounts coming loose or rattling, and the seat is a marvel all its own. Besides being the most comfortable seat on the market, it also dries very quickly, all but eliminating wet butt syndrome. Having the seat mounted to a pan the way it is allows the seat to be slid around finding the perfect balance for your setup, but once its set it wont move. It also allows seat risers to be used to make it easier to stand, not to mention easier to see fish.
Many boats have come and gone from my stable over the years, from strict touring boats, to play boats, to other "ultimate" fishing boats...However the Ultimate 14.5 will be with me for many years to come... (Posted on 5/19/11)