Freedom Hawk 12 UL Kayak
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THE SELL: The ultimate hard-use angler. THE TEST: Whether you’re stalking yellowfin tuna or musky, this kayak gives you the stability and flexibility to land your quarry. The secret is in the stern, which splits into a three-position outrigger. Snapped together, the stern looks like a standard kayak, with dry storage in each pontoon. Flip a lever and the back splits into a gentle Y shape for stand-up fishing. Flip it again and the pontoons splay wider for maximum trolling stability. The Hawk 12 allows anglers to fish while sitting in the high-back chair, standing on the padded raised platform, or leaning against the retractable casting brace. One note of caution: this boat isn’t self-draining, so stick to calm seas.
THE VERDICT: It’s a simple and smart design with highly functional details. Holds 250 pounds. 12’3″