Future Beach Trophy 144 Kayak
Some highs and some lows, depends on you
As a fisherman I really like this boat, but I found over time I've had to make a few minor changes to make it right.First, the seat sucks for 3hrs+. Comes up way to low on your back and has very little padding. I bought a folding stadium seat (around $40 at Dicks)and attached it to the yak and I love it because of it's high back, problem solved.Second, no anchor cleat. $8 problem solvedNow the cons....This boat at 12' is heavier then my 14' Old Town tandem. If you have to walk this boat over uneven terrain more than 50 yards and don't own a weight bench or your not pulling on wheels, you might consider a lighter kayak.Next, the maneuverability of this kayak is poor. If your on fast flowing shallow rivers with lots of rocks and obstacles, you may want to consider a shorter lighter boat. It takes me at lest three strokes to do a 180 and on a river, turning the wrong way it can take me 5 or more. This isn't a big deal unless your on a river and need to turn quick.The plastic on this boat is very thick and is soft compared to other kayaks I've used. This means it scratches easy and you'll find deep groves if you run over sharp rocks.The dry well on the back rarely stays sealed. This is because it was glued in at a slight angle. Any pressure on the back behind the seat or lifting it around the cockpit instead of the handles will cause the seal to break. The biggest problem besides wet stuff is the kayak has little buoyancy and could sink if the dry well seal is broken. I used "spray foam" (you know the stuff you spray in cracks) in the tip of the bow and in the very back of the stern (about 15" of the front and back) so that the boat wont sink. Remember though, you'll have to relocate the drain plugs if you do this. I recommend near the seat, a much better place in my opinion. If the boat is filled with water, lifting an end can be almost impossible, where tipping onto one side is MUCH easier.Slow....The hull shape promotes stability and tracking at the cost of some speed. The bottom is not a "V". As best I can describe, I'd call it's shape an inverse arch (well three arches). The center arch is the biggest, this is meant to improve stability by moving buoyancy out to the sides. Having said that, it's not hard to paddle. I take it upstream on the Shenandoah and Potomac all the time with little effort, but the harder you paddle, the harder it gets, thus it is not made for speed.Ok so far this Kayak sounds like a piece of junk, but I've saved the best for last.If your worried about stability, this is the kayak for you. It is possible to stand in this kayak (though it will take some dexterity and I don't recommend it). The stability of this kayak is awesome. I take my wallet, phone and camera with confidence. Most kayaks have a "tipping point" where it will roll if you lean to far. This kayak won't tip until the water is practically coming in the cockpit, and I've even saved it from that point (testing). However I don't recommend testing this beasue if you roll it, it can turn over hitting you on the head, and remember, it's heavy, it could really hurt. If you have to test its tipping point, do it in 6+ feet of water so you can get under the water when it flips.Tracking. It tracks great, period.Sit's low on the water. Though like any small boat, it is prone to getting blown around, especially at 12' long, it's not as bad as other boats it's size as the sides are very low...This leads me too another thing I LOVE about this yak. I can sit in it very comfortably cross legged. This may not sound like much, but it's a position that is hard to achieve in most yaks and when your out on the water all day, being able to cross your legs to change position is heaven.Fishing...The rod holders are in a good place, but you must be careful not to bring your paddle back to far. I knocked a pole out of it's holder once in a panic move.All in all if you can get this yak in the $300-400 range I'd recommend it. Closer to $500 I'd look at the Old Town vapor XT angler version, or my favorite boat, the [@] Ascend FS-10 or 12 (both are around $500 and I've never seen them on sale). Both boats are faster, more maneuverable, bit neither have the stability of the FB and the Ascend FS series has phenomenal removable seats.I picked my FB up new for $300 because the dry well was busted. I've done a lot to customize it and I really like it. New seatAnchor systemTrolling motor (12V battery right behind the seat)Cut a hole where the rear hatch is and put a cooler in the hole.Fish finderI also bought rare earth magnets and glued them up under the boat so that I can set lures on the ledges and they stay put.If you like the idea of customizing your boat, it's great, if not I'd look somewhere else in the $500 price range, or wait till you can get it $100 off.So....Stability - 10Maneuverability - 6Tracking - 9Seat - 5Weight - 5Leg room - 8Build quality - 6
August 13, 2012
I actually owned a slightly older version of this kayak. I didn't have some of the minor upgrade the newer model has. I bought my kayak used off the internet because I had never owned a kayak and did not want to spend too much money and find out I hated it. With that being said, this is a decent, solid, and stable entry level kayak. It is heavy compared to some other models, but I liked it because I wasn't afraid to go places and explore in it. One thing to know about this kayak is that the sized is displayed differently than most others. Usually, if a kayak says 140 for example, it is 14ft long. This is named 126, but that is actually 126 inches or 10.5ft. I used this kayak in creeks off the St John's River, tidal creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway in NE Florida, and even a trip through the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia. It is a very stable kayak, but in my opinion it is more suited to slow moving water with little current; I had to work to moved this boat against an even moderate tide and the last trip I took it on was a battle with this boat-the water was rough, couple that with an incoming tide and a stiff crosswind and it just wasn't fun-at least thats not what I consider a good time. I upgraded kayaks 2 days later to something longer and with a rudder. Look at the boat from the front and compare it to some of the other sit in models at Dick's and you will see the difference, my buddy has another model Dick's sells and his was much faster. This boat has pole holders, but I never tried fishing from it but I do not imagine it would be too difficult to set it up for fishing. The guy I bought the boat from said he used it to duck hunt. The is a rear compartment, it isn't waterproof, but with a dry bag you would be golden and it would hold a fair amount of stuff, and you can stuff some things in the nose as well. Overall, this is a solid stable boat and I enjoyed it ALOT as an entry lever paddler, but there is nothing special about it. I did outgrow it, only because I found I liked kayaking and wanted to expand into a model the game me more options and abilities.
August 6, 2012
Great Kayak (For the Sale Price)
Got the 10' version for my son. Very stable(compared to my 12' Field & Stream) Tracks well. Has held up well on several outings on lake and river. Weight is very manageable for a small person. My wife is able to load it by herself on a pickup rack. 10' version does not have a lot of room for overnight trips. Pleased with the purchase.
June 30, 2012
Excellent kayak for the money
We bought two of these two years ago and they are still in excellent condition. We love them and use them frequently for fishing on lakes. The storage compartments are dry and very handy. A very good buy.
June 28, 2012
The stability is awesome. The rod holders are very handy, and the storage areas are perfect. I am going to use this on overnight kayak trips. The only down side is the weight. It is heavier than most of the others, but man is it durable. I recommend two clip on paddle holders.
June 1, 2012
Great kayak, it's very stable to the point I can stand up in it with a little effort. back rest is kind of thin but I'm usually out for 4-8hrs at a time. It tracks beautifully, and I can get farther into cuts than the motored boats when the bass run shallow. Weight isn't too bad (about 60lbs)it has a good center of balance to carry it (I carry about 50yrds from house to lake). As usual hindsight is always 20/20 and I should have got the sit on top model (same price)but all in all it's a good kayak.
May 4, 2012