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Best 10 foot, 11 foot and 12 foot Kayaks For 2020 (Fishing/Recreational)

Best 10 foot, 11 foot and 12 foot Kayaks For 2020 (Fishing/Recreational)

If you clicked on this article, chances are you are looking to buy a kayak between 10 foot and 12 foot long (or at least you are thinking about it). And, well… you came to the perfect spot! We will go through what we think are the best 10 foot, 11 foot, and 12 foot kayaks. And besides that, we will go over some aspects and considerations you should think about before making a final decision. Our goal with this article is to make sure you get the kayak that best meets your needs because, at the end of the day, it is a considerable investment. These are the kayaks we are going to review in this article:

 

Best 10, 11 and 12 foot kayaks:

Kayak Model

Length

Use

Big Fish 105

10 ft 5 in

Fishing

Bass 100

10 ft

Fishing/Recreational

GT 10.5

10 ft 6 in

Recreational

Big Fish 108

11 ft

Fishing

Puffin Saco

12 ft 5 in

Fishing/Recreational

Roamer 2

12 ft 5 in

Recreational

Backwater 12

12 ft

Fishing/Recreational

Big Fish 120

12 ft

Fishing

 

Before we dive into each model, we would like to go over some of the basics. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next part of this article. Let's do a quick recap:

BEST 10 FOOT KAYAKS, BEST 11 FOOT KAYAKS, BEST 12 FOOT KAYAKS- FISHING AND RECREATIONAL

 

Sit-In vs Sit On Top Kayak?

So, to decide which one suits you the best, you have to understand what the strengths of each one of them are.

 

Sit-In Kayaks

  • They give you much more protection from wind and water. You can get a spray skirt in case you want some extra protection/coverage, which will prevent water from getting into the kayak while paddling. A sit-inside kayak will suit you best if you are going into rougher waters and weather conditions.

  • The Sit Inside models tend to have more storage space. So if you are planning on taking a lot of gear, this is a +1 for the Sit Inside kayaks.

  • They might look tight, but they actually offer a good amount of space, so don’t worry about that.

  • Because of the center of gravity, Sit Inside kayaks are much more efficient to paddle.

 

Sit On Top Kayaks

  • They are more versatile. If you are a beginner, this is your best choice.

  • If you are just looking to chill out and hang out while having some snacks and drinks with your friends, this is the option for you as well

  • Very easy to get off and on from while having good stability

  • They are self-bailing, meaning they are designed to drain out the water that comes into the kayak.

Sit Inside Vs Sit On Top SOT Kayaks

 

Weight capacity

Take into consideration this one. Subtract your weight from the weight capacity of the kayak to know how much weight you have left for gear, coolers, tackle, etc.

 

How does size affect the performance of a kayak?

In a nutshell:

  • Narrower=speed

  • Wider= stability

*Note: Cathedral hulls break this rule a little bit, giving you the best of both stability and speed. They are made so the kayak can be wider without it having to paddle through so much water, which makes the kayak maintain its speed.

 

Does the color of a kayak affect fishing?

If you are here for the fishing kayaks, you should know that the color of your kayak does not affect fishing. We dive into this topic in detail in this article.

 

Smaller than 10 foot kayaks

Broadly speaking, smaller kayaks are more maneuverable, and you will have more control over them. Although we are speaking here about 8 ft kayaks to 9 ft kayaks, that size should be good for a beginner or a kid. Many whitewater kayaks are in the 8 ft or 9 ft size category, and that’s because smaller kayaks are perfect for narrower rivers since they are very easy to turn rapidly. Smaller kayaks are also easier to transport.

 

If you are a little bit taller, you will find out that a 9 ft kayak is a little bit too tight for you.  Especially when it comes to sit-inside kayaks, you want to want to be careful with this. In any emergency or accident, you want to be able to get out of your kayak easily.

 

Ok, we just wanted to bring that out briefly. We know you are interested in 10, 11, and 12 foot kayaks. So now, let’s first talk about 10 and 11 foot kayaks, their advantages and disadvantages.

 

10 FOOT KAYAKS- Features and advantages

BEST 10 FT KAYAKS

 

10 foot kayaks (and 11 ft) give you more space to move freely which comes in handy when you are paddling, and those 1 or 2 extra feet might also give you a little bit more space for storage. 10 foot kayaks will tend to be more stable than bigger kayaks, so it’s also a good option for beginners. This is the perfect size if you are looking for something more recreational, where speed is not so important. Like we just mentioned, speed is not one of the strengths of 10 foot kayaks (or smaller). Many fishing kayaks tend to be 10 or 11 feet (or somewhere along those lines). If you are looking for a fishing kayak, this length range will be the ideal for you. 

 

10 foot kayaks are still somewhat compact, so you should be able to transport them on the back of a full-size truck bed.

 

12 FOOT KAYAKS- Features and advantages

BEST 12 FOOT KAYAKS

12 foot kayaks are in the sweet spot between the best features of shorter kayaks and the best features of larger kayaks. They have the speed and effectiveness of larger kayaks, and they also have the stability of shorter kayaks. Some of them also have some features for fishing kayak anglers. 12 foot kayaks will also have even more space for gear.

 

In the 12 foot or 13 foot range, you will see touring kayaks as well as recreational kayaks, so you have more freedom to choose from between them. 12 foot kayaks can also be designed for different water conditions, such as rivers, lakes and/or oceans.

 

There are larger kayaks than 12 foot but we will leave that for another blog post. Now that we have gone through some of the main features of each size, let’s dive into what we think are the best models for each size. First, we will go through our top picks for 10 foot kayaks and then we will go through our top picks for 12 foot kayaks.

 

BEST 8 KAYAKS BETWEEN 10 FOOT AND 12 FOOT LONG

 

BIG FISH 105 BY 3 WATERS KAYAKS- 10 FOOT KAYAK (Fishing)[Solo]

BIG FISH 105 10 FOOT KAYAK GREEN CAMO

This Sit On Top 10 foot kayak is as comfortable as and performs like a larger kayak, and at the same time, it has a more compact size, making it easier to control and manage. This kayak delivers great tracking and stability. It also performs amazingly. All of this is because of its cathedral tri-hull.

 

The cathedral tri-hull has 2 outer pontoons and a central pontoon. They have deep channels in between. The cathedral tri-hull makes it very stable whether you are standing up or sitting down. The Big Fish 105 has 4 different sitting positions:

 

  • You can use it with a low position seat which is great for paddling out to wherever your spot is.

 

  • You can use it with a high position seat to have a greater view of what is going on around you.

 

  • You can use the recline position so you can just settle in and enjoy.

 

  • And the fourth seat position one is the flip away, which allows the seat to flip up and it doubles as a lean bar when standing. This gives you a lot of stability and allows you to side cast and reel in that big fish.

    BIG FISH SEAT 3 WATERS KAYAK

     

    It does a good job of tracking (even without a rudder). The paddling on this beauty is nice and smooth.

     

    The deck has a reinforced standing platform, and it includes space for storage. It also has an open bow and stern storage areas so you can access your gear with ease.

     

    One other great plus the Big Fish 105 has is a removable Sonar Pod. You will be able to install your fish finder and any other electronics you want. It also has handles that are molded in, 2 rod holders (they are also molded in), adjustable footrests, a stand up assist strap and an accessory outfitting track system. Stability is simply amazing. This 10 foot kayak has everything you need so you can get on the lake, river or ocean.

     

    The Big Fish 105 has all the features you need in a compact way and an affordable price.

    BIG FISH 105 URBAN CAMO 10 FOOT FISHING KAYAK

     

    Specifications 

    • Beam: 33.5 in

     

    • Length: 10 ft 5 in

     

    • Capacity: 380 lbs.

     

    • Weight: 89 lbs. 

     
    • Colors Available: Urban Camo, Green Camo, Terra Camo, Pink Camo and Wave Camo.

    BIG FISH 105 3 WATERS KAYAKS Urban Terra Pink Wave Green Camo Colors 10 Foot Fishing Kayak

     

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    BASS 100 BY JONNY BOATS- 10 FOOT KAYAK/BOAT (Fishing)[Solo] 

     

    JONNY BOATS BAS 100 10 FOOT KAYAK BOAT HYBRID

     

     

    Well, this one is unique. Although it’s more of a boat than it is a kayak, the truth is that this amazing kayak-boat brings you the best of both worlds.

     

    The Bass 100 is not a boat, a skiff or a powerboat; it’s the best of all of those blended into this one single item. The name of the game here is versatility and customizability. You can adapt and customize your Jonny Boat to what you want it to be.

     

    This 10 foot kayak boat combines the concept of a Jon Boat with a kayak, letting you customize it as much as you want for kayaking and boating. You can customize the Bass 100 with DIY Kits or you can add individual accessories to it. There are a ton of accessories you can add to this hybrid Kayak-boat (If you want to read a full review of it, click here). 

     

    More of a kayak or more of a boat?

    This kayak boat is stable enough (we will get more into it later on). Even if you shift the weight to one side of the kayak boat when standing, it feels quite stable.

     

    The stern is high, even with a motor on it. That’s a nice feature.

     

    On the motor kits, you will find steering that is up by your lap and you will have forward and backward clutch control. If you are planning to use a gas motor, you will be able to set the throttles and have all your controls at your cockpit.

     

    If you are going to fish, Jonny Boats is simply an incredible option. It will let you go from one spot to another effortlessly. And here is the cool part: you can combine paddling and using the motor simultaneously.

     

    Another advantage is that you can have a set up with a motor that is allowed in Kayak Bass Fishing tournaments. This is a big advantage over everyone else.

     

    When it comes to paddling, Bass 100 is a little bit hard to paddle. That is because its shape is kind of square, so you have to go through a higher amount of water every time you paddle. If you are planning to only paddle through long distances, we would suggest looking into another option. But if you are on a small pond or lake, it will work perfectly fine. Now, let’s consider that you have the motor. You can alternate paddling and the motor (paddle until you get tired and then use the motor).

     

    JONNY BOATS BASS 100 10 FOOT KAYAK BOAT HYBRID

     

    Stability

    It has decent stability for a 10 foot kayak boat. It delivers, but it's not one of its strengths. If stability is a big decision factor for you, then look into other options. Don’t get us wrong, it is quite stable. We could say it’s “ok”.

     

    If you use the Bass 100 as what it is: a kayak AND a boat. It’s definitely an amazing and unique product, bringing you the best of worlds. This is why we decided to feature it as one of our top picks for this blog post.

    Bass 100 Kayak Boat Features:

    JONNY BOATS BASS 100 ALL COLORS 10 FOOT  FISHING KAYAK BOAT

    • Deck rod storage and rod tip protection, so you can store the rods you’re not using safely.

    • Sturdy molded bow handle that provides great support.

    • Removable sonar and electronics pod in case you want to add a sonar or any other electronics.

    • Open bow storage area which comes in very handy to keep your stuff safe, especially from water.

    • Gunwale UNI-Track accessory rails which will let you customize and/or put any add-on you want.

    • Adjustable footpegs which will add stability and support to your feet.

    • Cupholder… it’s nice to have a place to put your beer!

    • Soft foam stand pads for maximum comfort.

    • Integrated sturdy carry handles, so you can carry your Jonny Boat with ease.

    • Jonny High-Ride forward & aft + height adjustable seating system that allows you to adjust the seat however you want.

    • Unique and stable planning hull. You will love it!

    • Two flush mounted rod holders with rod leash which will allow you to work 2 rods at the same time.

    • Hull inspection port so you can have access to the hull without compromising the hull’s integrity.

    • Stern UNI-Track accessory rails so you can customize your Jonny Boat.

    • Oversized tankwell storage area w/bungee tie-down so you can store more stuff on your boat!

    • Rudder ready (Sold separately).

    • Outboard and trolling motor transom mount area (sold separately).

    • Drain plug to remove all the water that gets in the boat.

     

    Specifications:

    JONNY BOATS BASS 100 CHARCOAL FISHING KAYAK BOAT 10 FOOT

    • Length: 10 ft (305cm)

    • Width: 35.5 in (85cm)

    • Base Weight: 77 lbs (35kg)

    • Capacity: 400 lbs (181kg)

    • Gas Powered Outboard Rating: 2.5hp

    • Electric Powered Outboard Rating: 3hp

     

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    GT 105 SIT INSIDE KAYAK BY SEASTREAM KAYAKS- 10 FOOT KAYAK (Solo)[Recreational]

    SEASTREAM KAYAKS GT SIT INSIDE 10 FOOT KAYAK RECREATIONAL

    SeaStream Kayaks is a new brand that is being released by Feel Free US. It’s probably the best option if you are on a tight budget because these kayaks are simply the best in quality in this price range. They are designed for affordability without sacrificing quality.

     

    Usually, smaller brands deliver much better products than the big box brands, and this is the case for the GT 10 foot kayak. It really delivers for the price it has ($399). Needless to say, if you want something more equipped, do go for the pricier kayaks. But if you are looking for something on the 10-foot length range at this price point, you’ve got a winner.

     

    It’s a simple kayak. It has a cup beverage holder molded in the cockpit. The seat is also basic, but it’s definitely comfortable. It has plenty of room and you’ll be comfortable.

     

    Here is one of the main features that is why we think it’s superior. It’s made out of rotomolded plastic. It has the same material that you would find on a $1,000+ kayak. This material is more solid and thicker, built to last. You won’t find this on any other kayak that has this price range.

    GT SIT INSIDE SEASTREAM KAYAKS 10 FOOT RECREATIONAL KAYAK

    The second big feature of this 10 foot kayak is that it’s the only kayak in this price range that has a bulkhead. The bulkhead is a sealed compartment that separates the back part of the kayak from the rest of it. Besides the fact that it’s a dry space where you can put your stuff, the real advantage is safety. If you capsize or your kayak flips around, this will keep the kayak floating nice and high, which will allow you to turn it over and get into it again.

     

    The GT Kayak is very easy to maneuver, and it turns rapidly. These types of kayaks usually have terrible tracking. But this 10 foot kayak has extraordinary tracking. It goes in a straight line if you stop paddling and let it go.

     

    Stability is simply amazing. It’s this kayak’s strongest feature. It has a ten out of ten in stability.

     

    When it comes to speed, it’s “ok”. It’s definitely not fast but it’s also not bad for the price range of this kayak.

     

    Features:

     

    GT SIT INSIDE KAYAK 10 FOOT RECREATIONAL KAYAK BY SEASTREAM KAYAKS SIDE VIEW (1)

     

    • Carry handles

    • Footrests

    • Large rear oval rubber hatch

    • Paddle keeper

    • Bow bungee storage system

    • Cupholder

    • Foam comfort seat with backrest

     

    Specifications:

    GT SIT INSIDE KAYAK 10 FOOT RECREATIONAL LIME AND ORANGE SEASTREAM KAYAKS

    • Colors Available: Lime, Orange.

    • Beam: 28"

    • Length: 10 ft 6 in.

    • Capacity: 330 lbs.

    • Weight: 46 lbs.

     

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    BIG FISH 108 BY 3 WATERS KAYAKS PEDAL DRIVE- 11 FOOT KAYAK (Fishing/Recreational)[Solo]

    BIG FISH 108 3 WATERS KAYAKS PEDAL DRIVE 11 FOOT KAYAK

    This is 3 Waters Kayaks latest release and we simply love it. Take a look at their promo video, it’s super dope:

     

     

    If there were two words that describe this 11 ft kayak, they would be big and spacey. I know what you are thinking: “oh, but that means it’s super slow”. And that is the catch. Even though it’s big, it’s not slow at all. This kayak is big and wide but it’s not at all slow to pedal.

     

    Even though it’s an 11 ft kayak, it feels like a 14 ft (it feels huge) with the advantage that, as mentioned earlier, it’s not slow. You can use it as your “go-to” for fishing, or just to goof around. It’s an all-around kayak.

     

    The Cathedral Hull is made in such a way that it provides stability, and at the same time, it’s easy to maneuver. It’s also efficient to pedal. Because of the Cathedral Hull, it tracks really well and it turns quickly.

    CATHEDRAL TRI HULL 3 WATERS KAYAKS BIG FISH 108- 11 FOOT PEDAL DRIVE KAYAK

    The Pro Fish 108 was specifically designed to fit in with the Pro Fish Pedal Drive, which has an 8 ball steering system (it’s simple and easy to use) in combination with the Beaver Tail Rudder, which will give you maximum power and thrust. It’s a very smooth set up with a 12:1 gear ratio.

     

    This system has a button that when pushed, it allows you to have access to the propeller to clear any plants you might have stuck on it and may be causing trouble. This is a huge deal!

    BIG FISH 108 3 WATERS KAYAKS PEDAL DRIVE SYSTEM 11 FOOT

     

    It’s a nice and thick kayak, which will give you durability.

     

    The molded-in handles in the front of the kayak will let you move it with ease. They are also thick so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.

    MOLDED IN HANDLE BIG FISH 108 3 WATERS KAYAKS 11 FOOT FISHING KAYAK PEDAL DRIVE

    It also has molded-in rod holders which are in a horizontal position. If you are passing through some low trees or a similar situation, you can put your rods on the rod holders and your rod tips won’t get messed up.  It also has regular rod holders in a vertical position, so you have both options.

     

    The console goes right across the kayak. If you lift it up/open it, you will have storage space for the battery and it also has a retractable transducer system. This is great because it needs to be below the hull level for a side-scan imaging transducer to work properly.

     

    It has the option for you to set up your fish finder on either side. There are sidetracks on both sides.

     

    It has a central drain that will take out any water out of the kayak extremely quickly.

     

    If you want to see a full overview, look at this video:

     

    About The Seat

    The Big Fish EZ Rider Seat will let you sit on it comfortably all day long. Just like the Big Fish 105, it has 4 different seating positions:

     

    • You can use it with a low position seat which is great for paddling out to wherever your spot is.

    • You can use it with a high position seat to have a greater view of what is going on around you.

    • You can use the recline position so you can just settle in and enjoy it.

    • And the fourth seat position one is the flip away, which allows the seat to flip up and it doubles as a lean bar when standing. This gives you a lot of stability and allows you to side cast and reel in that big fish.

     

    Features

    BIG FISH 108 PEDAL DRIVE KAYAK 3 WATERS KAYAKS 11 FOOT

    • Pro Fish Pedal Drive

    • Integrated bow, stern and side carry handles

    • Rod Tip Protectors on the bow of the kayak

    • 8 Ball Steering System

    • Cathedral Tri-Hull

    • Bow Storage Console

    • Reinforced Standing Platform

    • Rod Storage

    • EZ Rider Multi-Position Comfort Seat

    • Front Uni-Track Accessory Rail

    • Flush Mounted Rod Holders

    • Stern Gear Storage w/ Bungee

    • Beaver Tail Rudder

     

    Specifications

    BIG FISH 108 3 WATERS KAYAKS ALL COLORS WAVE URBAN TERRA GREEN CAMO 11 FOOT FISHING KAYAK PEDAL DRIVE

    • Available Colors: Wave Camo, Terra Camo, Urban Camo, Green Camo.

    • Length: 11 ft

    • Beam: 38"

    • Weight: 115 lbs.

    • Capacity: 450 lbs.

     

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    PUFFIN SACO BY PAKBOATS- 12 FOOT FOLDING KAYAK [Solo][Fishing/Recreational]

    PUFFIN SACO PAKBOATS FOLDABLE FOLDING KAYAK 12 FOOT YELLOW WITH DECK

    The Puffin Saco 12 foot Kayak is ideal for fishing (needless to say, you can also use it recreationally). And here is the amazing thing about Pakboat’s Kayaks: it can adapt to you in a unique way. If you are going to fish or you just need more space to move freely, you can leave your kayak open by removing the tops/decks, like a Sit On Top. This will give you space so you can move more freely.

     

    Do you need something more protective? Put the tops/decks back on!

     

    It’s also very lightweight, which is very convenient when traveling

     

    Foldable= Extremely Convenient For Storage And Transportation

     

    You can assemble your foldable kayak at home so you can just use it when you arrive at the water (take it on the top of your car), or you can pack it and put it in the trunk.

     

    When it comes to storage, foldable kayaks come in very handy, especially if you don’t have a garage and/or you live in an apartment. When folded, it's the size of a gym bag!

    Pakboats Puffin Foldable Folded Kayak

    About The Assembly

    Assembling this 12 foot folding kayak is easy. At the most, you will have to follow the instructions the first one or two times (click here to see the assembly instructions). After that, it will become so easy that you won’t even need the instructions.  

    Puffin Saco Assembly Setup Folding Kayak 12 ft

    About The Design Of The Puffin Saco Foldable 12 foot Kayak

    3 main things conform the Puffin’s structure: 

     

    • The skin: The skin is the external cover which prevents the water from coming in. The bottom of the kayak is made of a strong fabric and the sides are made of a lighter fabric. Don’t worry about the stress points, as they are strengthened and will last for a very long time.
     
    • The frame: It’s made of anodized aluminum, which makes the frame corrosion resistant, and very firm and durable. 
     
    • Inflatable tubes: They are located on the sides, between the skin and the frame and they are responsible for flotation. They also deliver tension to the skin to make it stronger and more solid.

     

    When it comes to the structure, it is are a mix of aluminum frame and inflatable construction.

     

    It’s a safe kayak. Like we mentioned earlier, it has dual cell inflatable tubes on both sides that make the skin of the kayak tense, which amply secure flotation in case a capsize happens.

     

    The aluminum frames give the hull solid lines that otherwise wouldn’t be achieved with only the inflatable structure (this is a plus against inflatable kayaks).

     

    And here is one of the best features: it’s very lightweight. It weighs 50% less than an average 12 foot kayak. That’s huge! And it comes in super handy when it comes to moving your kayak from one place to another with ease.

     

    AIR SIDE TUBES AND INFLATION PUFFIN PAKBOATS SACO SARANAC

     

    About The Seat

    It is very comfortable. Each one of them has an inflatable bladder for thigh support, which will enhance comfort. They also have a 3D woven mesh which will allow air circulation.

     

    About The Frames

    The Frames of the Puffin Saco are simple. They are 3 long tubes that go lengthwise, 2 gunwales and 1 keel. It has many ribs that cross through the main tubes lengthwise. To keep simple, here is what it does: it gives you a very strong structure and it tenses the skin to make it solid.

      

    About The Inflatable Side Tubes

    The Puffin Saco has inflatable tubes that are on the sides. Inflatable side tubes are proven to have much more built-in flotation than kayaks that don’t have them (besides making the kayak very light). This makes it extremely stable when a capsize happens.

     

    It has 2 individual air chambers, one on each side, which will protect the kayak in case a cell is pinched.

     

    Although inflatable boats have more flotation, they tend to have less performance when it comes to paddling.

     

    About The Removable Decks (Optional but recommended feature)

     

    WITH VS WITHOUT REMOVABLE DECK PAKBOATS PUFFIN SACO

     

    Take the removable deck off when you are going to fish and/or you simply need more space for movement. Put it back on if you need more protection and you want to prevent water from getting into the kayak. This versatility is something unique about Pakboat kayaks. The removable deck is sold separately.

     

    It’s attached with a line of Velcro that follows around the hull (beneath the gunwales, which are tensed to provide hardness to the hull). There is an aluminum cockpit rim that gives support for a spray skirt. It has end caps on the skin to ensure that the deck is totally sealed. These end caps will protect you from all water splashing.

     

    You can open the deck on both sides (front and back) so you can load or unload your stuff in or out of the kayak. It has installed rigging in case there are things you want to safely take on the top of the deck.

     

    We think the Puffin Saco is one of the best options out there on the market. It’s even approved by the North American Fishing Club. The fact that it has an open hull gives you complete freedom of movement and at the same time, it also gives you an optional deck that has a large enough cockpit to get in and out of the kayak with ease. 12 foot kayaks have the perfect length for having speed without losing any stability.

     

    At the same time, its size when it’s folded is incredibly tight. It’s like carrying a gym bag. This is a huge plus for this 12 foot foldable kayak (and it only weighs 20 lbs!)

     

    Specifications:

    PAKBOATS PUFFIN SACO FOLDING FOLDABLE KAYAK 12 FOOT
    •  Model: Solo

    • Beam: 26 in/ 66 cm

    • Depth: 10 in/25 cm

    • Weight: 20 lbs/9.1 kg

    • Length: 12.5 ft/130 kg

    • Packed Bag Size: 28 in x 16 in x 12 in

     

    • Removable Deck (Sold Separately)

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    ROAMER 2 SIT ON TOP KAYAK BY SEASTREAM KAYAKS- 12 FOOT KAYAK (Recreational/Fishing)[Tandem]

    ROAMER 2 ll SEASTREAM KAYAKS 12 FOOT KAYAK

    SeaStream Kayaks is basically a brand that focuses on delivering high quality while maintaining an affordable price. If you are looking for an affordable kayak for 2 people, the Roamer 2 Tandem 12 foot Kayak is the best option because it really delivers. It shares many of the same features and qualities as the GT Kayak.

     

    Just like the GT Kayak, this 12 foot tandem kayak has excellent tracking. It will go on a straight line if you let it navigate without you paddling. This is because of the hull design.

     

    It’s main features also are that it’s made with rotomolded polyethylene, which is a material that will make your kayak last for ages (kayaks in this price range are made with cheaper materials, you will only find rotomolded polyethylene on $1,000+ kayaks), and that it has a hatch and thus, a bulkhead. Yes, a hatch is great for dry storage, but let’s look at the bigger picture here. The great thing about this is that it has a bulkhead, which is a very important safety feature (and in this price range, you will find that only SeaStream Kayak’s have them).

    ROAMER 2 ll SEASTREAM KAYAKS 12 FOOT KAYAK

    It has molded-in handles on the front and the back so you can carry it easily. It also has a molded-in drink holder.

     

    It has really comfortable seats so you can paddle all day long with your partner. Even if you are a very tall person, you might want to get something a little bit longer (try the Puffin Saranac, it’s more spacey and it’s also a tandem, click here). The Roamer 2 kayak also has molded-in footrests which also add comfort.

     

    It has a rear storage area with a bungee so you can store some of your stuff there.

     

    There are 2 colors available: orange and lime.

     

    Features:

    ROAMER 2 ll Seastream Kayaks 12 ft Lime Green

    • Sit On Top Deck
     
    • Molded Handles

    • Molded Footrests

    • Dual Comfort Seating System

    • Dual Water Bottle Holder

    • Scupper Holes

    • Large Tankwell w/ Bungee System

    • Rear Storage Hatch

    • Drain Plug

     

    Specifications:

    ROAMER 2 ll SEASTREAM KAYAKS 12 FOOT KAYAK LIME ORANGE

    • Beam: 31.75 in

    • Length: 12 ft 5 in

    • Capacity: 550 lbs

    • Weight: 64 lbs

    • Colors Available: Lime and orange

     

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    BIG FISH 120 BY 3 WATERS KAYAKS- 12 FOOT KAYAK (Fishing)[Solo]

    BIG FISH 120 BY 3 WATERS KAYAKS 12 FT KAYAK

    This 12 foot kayak is definitely a very interesting option. It is 36 inches wide, which makes it very stable. And here is the cool thing, even though it’s wide, it’s still pretty quick.

     

    It has a 400 lb capacity so you will be able to hop on to this kayak with some gear. It’s pretty good.

     

    The cathedral hull gives the kayak very, very good secondary stability. It will be harder for it to flip or capsize. The cathedral hull also makes it very fast.

     

    This is one of the fastest paddling kayaks you will find within the 12 foot range, and yet a very stable one.

     

    It has a molded-in handle so you can carry it comfortably. Molded-in handles are better than the metal handles because those will burn your hands when pulling your kayak out of the water.

     

    It has a storage area with bungees on it in the front area. It’s an open storage, not a hatch. It also has rod tip protectors in the front part. Just below it, there is another dry storage area (storage pod) so you can put all your stuff and food there.

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    You can even take the storage pod out of the kayak and install a transducer on the bottom of it. Great feature! It has a plug for all of your transducer wiring, batteries, etc. We want to emphasize that it’s very convenient for you to be able to take the pod out of the kayak, since lets you store it in the back of the trunk of your or wherever you want in case you want to protect what you have in it.

    Big Fish center Console Pod

    It has a place on both sides of the kayak to store your rod. It has a little thing that you fold and lock, which will keep the rod in place. This feature is extremely useful, especially for shorter rods.

     

    It has adjustable footpegs that you can adjust to your feet, so you can have maximum comfort.

     

    The floor has nubs on it so you can have traction when the floor is wet. This will prevent you from slipping and falling.

     

    Just like the Big Fish 105 and 108, it has multiple seat configurations:

    • You can use it with a low position seat which is great for paddling out to wherever your spot is.
    • You can use it with a high position seat to have a greater view of what is going on around you.
    • You can use the recline position so you can just settle in and enjoy it.
    • And the fourth seat position one is the flip away, which allows the seat to flip up and it doubles as a lean bar when standing. This gives you a lot of stability and allows you to side cast and reel in that big fish.

    BIG FISH 120 3 WATERS KAYAKS SEAT

     

    One thing that really stands out about this 12 foot kayak is the height of the sidewalls. They stand up really high out of the water, which is great for secondary stability.

     

    About stability, it’s extremely stable, even for bigger guys who stand on it. Like we previously mentioned, secondary stability is just incredible. It will be hard for it to capsize.

     

    For this kayak, we really recommend a rudder, especially if you fish anywhere that is windy. It does a great job at tracking, but when you stop paddling to get your rod, it does start turning a little bit. A rudder will fix this issue.

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    Specifications:

    • Beam: 35"

    • Length: 12 ft

    • Capacity: 400 lbs.

     

    • Weight: 100 lbs.

     

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    BACKWATER 12 SIT INSIDE BY SEASTREAM KAYAKS- 12 FOOT KAYAK (Fishing/Recreational)[Solo]

    BACKWATER 12 SEASTREAM KAYAK 12 FT KAYAK SIT INSIDE

    Ok, we got you an option for a 10 foot solo kayak and a 12 foot tandem kayak in case you are on a tight budget. Now, let’s talk about a very good 12 foot great quality solo kayak that you can get on a tight budget.

     

    Backwater 12 Sit In 12 foot Kayak is also by SeaStream Kayaks. This awesome kayak has deck bungees on the bow and on the stern, so you can carry some of your gear. It has 2 molded-in rod holders in case you want to go fishing. It also has a molded-in cup holder.

     

    This kayak has a capacity of 500 lbs. This is great because it can carry you and some extra gear.

     

    The cockpit is very open, which is an advantage especially if you are a little bit taller because it will be easy to get in and out of it. The seats are padded for maximum comfort. It also has footpegs that are adjustable, you can lock it in wherever you want so that it adjusts to you.

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    The hull is super stable and does a great job at tracking.

     

    And here comes the major feature of this kayak: it’s super light. It weighs 60 lbs. This is great for storage and loading! And the best part is that it doesn’t lose any durability because of it. Another great advantage of this is that it’s super easy to get it into the water.

     

    Paddling is effortless. It’s very responsive and fast to every paddle stroke.

     

    Stability is very solid. Primary stability is rock solid, and secondary stability is a little bit loose, which is a good thing because it gives you a little jig. It also tracks really well.

     

    If you are a beginner, this is a very good option for you. It’s very stable, easy to get into because of the wide cockpit and you can paddle it effortlessly.

     

    Specifications

    BACKWATER 12 SEASTREAM KAYAKS 12 foot Sit Inside

    • Length: 12 ft

    • Width: 29 inches 

    • Weight: 64 lbs

    • Capacity: 500 lbs

     

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    And there you have it! These are what we think are the best 10, 11 and 12 foot kayaks. What do you think of our picks? Do you agree or would you change some of the options we presented? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear your opinion.

     

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