Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12.0 Angler Kayak

Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12.0 Angler Kayak is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 9.
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Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12.0 Angler Kayak
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Pedal out with high-performance, ease and the Perception® Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive Kayak. This lightweight angler ‘yak allows hands-free travels thanks to the padded pedals, and an out-of-the-water rudder helps keep your lines from tangling. You’ll love how easily this boat maneuvers through tight turns and small areas. The Pescador Pilot’s gear-ratio allows all-day cruising with minimal effort.


  • 1-person, sit-on-top, fishing boat
  • For fishing and recreational use
  • Innovative design powered by pedals for hands-free riding
  • Padded pedals help make maneuvering, reversing and steering comfortable
  • Engineered for simplicity and ingenuity
  • Delivers high-performance and ease of use
  • Lightweight for easy transport
  • Pilot Drive launches and docks boat
  • Drive is removable
  • Gear ratio for all-day cruising with minimal effort
  • Quick Key technology engages Pilot Drive performance with a zero draft option
  • Quick Key technology helps transition from deep waters to shallow waters
  • Turbo Flaps help reduce turbulence for a smoother ride
  • Turbo Flaps allow a smooth stream and promote speed
  • Flaps constructed with rubber to help reduce noise while you ride
  • 14” prop makes acceleration and cruising easier
  • Multi-chine hull
  • EasyGrip, low-profile steering with directional handling
  • Low-pro steering allows very tight turn radius to maneuver through tight areas
  • Out-of-the-way rudder eliminates any line tangling
  • UV abrasion protection
  • Impact resistant
  • Pre-installed inserts, plus inlet/outlets, for wire transducer scupper and the display
  • Four molded-in rod holders accommodate a variety of rod/lure combos
  • Captain’s chair boasts stadium style seating and adjusts to accommodate most heights
  • Captain’s chair is constructed with breathable mesh and ripstop fabrics
  • Drive stores in hull when not in use
  • Two Yak Attack Gear Tracks provide easy mounting points
  • Bow tankwell with mesh net covering
  • Storage pods for storing electronics and gear
  • Stern tankwell with bungee pluse scupper lid provides plenty of storage for gear and accessories
  • Strong, durable construction with varied thickness throughout
  • Easy to repair
  • Manufactured with less waste
  • Five-year limited manufacturer’s warranty


  • Length: 12’5”
  • Width: 33.75”
  • Deck height: 16”
  • Boat weight: 85 lbs.
  • Maximum weight capacity: 525 lbs.
  • Brand: Perception
  • Country of Origin: United States of America


Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Kayak Owned it for 1 year so far. Pros: Affordable, light weight, Awesome customer service, Cons: Seat, rear handle, drive, rod holders. Did I regret getting it? No. It was in my price points and was light for me. Although my seat ripped 1 year later, customer service has been great at replacing it no charge. Where can they improve: - Make the enter wider for the propeller to come up instead having to align it to the size of the open. - Better seating material that last. - 2 rear handles or make it like Predator. - Deeper rod holder holes. - Wider for more stability for the surf model.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice yak for the price I bought this 3/2017 .Had it out twice so far. The only complaint I have are the rod holders. They are too shallow and too big. Love the peddle drive. I can cruise at about 3 mph with little effort. Tracks good and turns good. Close to having it outfitted for fishing. Would recommend .
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perception Pilot peddle drive I have had this kayak now since 4/2018, love this kayak. Tracks well, but could use a larger rudder, which would give it a better turning radius. Also better in the wind. A little bulky for one person, but still manageable. Not a deal changer. Rod holders are too wide and provides no support. Perception has made rod holders for the kayak to fix that problem. 22 dollars a piece is a little steep to fix their flaw. Again for the price a well rounded peddle kayak that is fun and sturdy.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kayak, very few complaints Bought this kayak on sale around Memorial day weekend. I've taken out about 5 times and I have very few complaints. First off, they have fixed the issues with the pedal drive. It no longer kicks up while pedalling because they istalled a saftey pin. So disregard all the reviews you've seen with that complaint. Only complaints I have are with the turn radius and the seat. If you are in a canal or tight area you pretty much have to do a 3 point turn to get out. I ended up putting a taco clip on it so I can grab my paddle to make quick 180 degree turns. The paddle holder that it comes with is good if you are just taking one in case you run into trouble. But honestly I have gone entire trips without ever using my paddle. The seat is very comfortable. I've been out for 5 hours without any pain. The seat does have an issue with the backrest not staying adjusted. After being out for awhile it will recline all the way back. I will be looking into some kind of mod to prevent this. The molded in rod holders are garbage but I bought a rod holder that fits in the side track and I only bring one rod so I'm not using them anyway. Overall I'm very satisfied with my purchase and have zero regrets.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pescador Paddle Kayak This is one awesome kayak. I shopped and shopped and ultimately used some coupons and Dick's cash to make the purchase for Christmas. Only issue was that I bought a floor model and the pedal drive wasn't assembled correctly. The store should probably take better care on something so expensive. However, a few easy fixes with a few wrenches and we were on our way. Kayak extends your time on the lake 10 fold.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Price, Poor Quality - Not ready for production I have been following pedal kayaks now for some time. When I saw perception come out with a pedal kayak for under $2,000 I was shocked and needed to get it. The design of this yak is fantastic. Comfortable seat, stable boat, plenty of storage and places to hook up all of your fishing kayaks. I recommend the yak to paddle. The pedal drive system however is awful. The quick key design is a good idea but not made well. When trying to pedal, it constantly kicks forward and becomes useless. The screws on mine would fall out when pedaling as well and I had to bring a toolbox with me every time I went out, regardless of how well I tightened the hardware before departing. I returned my yak. I love the idea and concept and think this will be the next best kayak when perception comes out with pedal drive 2.0 but until then I would save your money and buy one of their regular kayaks. On the flip side however, their customer service is by far the best I have experienced. Mine came with damaged pieces which they replaced quickly and easily. This gives me hope for the future of perception and I certainly would give them a new chance when they modify the design of the quick key system and pedal drive functionality.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Kayak! I have gone on two all day fishing trips with this and loved it. I did have to tighten some of the screws and hardware, but everything has been pretty smooth since. The biggest issue I have with this is the rudder. It is very hard to pull in and out of the water. I’m hoping I can find a solution. I was able to go 2 mph comfortably all day in this. If I felt like going fast I could get it up to 4.7 mph for a short period of time. I had a blast and look forward to many more trips with this kayak.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the price. A few things are a bit hokey but it works and is stable. Plus you can get a ton more gear with all the money you saved.
Date published: 2019-06-25
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