The Delta Kayaks Catfish 12.5 with rudder sit-on-top kayak uses an innovative, catamaran-style hull to achieve incredible stability and excellent tracking.
Thermoformed ABS plastic hull material is stiff and light like traditional composite kayaks and offers similar looks, but costs considerably less
Specially coated exterior offers a new, shiny appearance for years to come— the Catfish does not suffer from the gradual fade typical of composite watercraft
Catamaran-style hull enhances stability without adding the width typical of standard sit-on-top kayaks
Molded cockpit area with adjustable foot pegs personalizes comfort to fit most any size paddler; adjustable backrest increases comfort
Rudder enhances tracking and navigation; control the rudder using adjustable foot pegs
Rudder is stored under hull and preserves the clean appearance of craft
Clear window lets you view the environment below the surface
The Catfish floats high for a dry ride in the water, but should you take on an errant wave, scupper holes quickly drain excess water
2 hatches offer dry storage for small accessories; forward bulkhead keeps items dry
Space in the cockpit is specifically designed to nest with hard-shell dry cases (dry case not included)
Cup holder near the cockpit offers easy access to beverages
Rear storage well with bungee rigging offers plenty of room for take-along gear and features indentations that work great with scuba tanks
Paddle-keeper offers a hands-free option for photographers and anglers
Specialized lash point behind seat allows you to add stability to the kayak by creating a makeshift outrigger with your paddle
Attach paddle floats to your paddle and lash the shaft of the paddle behind the seat so that it's perpendicular to the kayak (paddle floats sold separately)
Resulting cross shape provides unbeatable stability for standing, fishing, photography and even an afternoon siesta
Carry handles at the bow and stern and to the right and left of cockpit offer easy transport to the water
Tie down point offers a secure place to attach a bow line
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Comments about Delta Kayaks Catfish 12.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak with Rudder:
I am reviewing the 12.5 non-rudder version, but my understanding is the only difference is the addition of the rudder.
PROS Super excited about this kayak. I loved the stability and ability to stand and paddle feature, much like a stand up paddle board. This kayak is FAST and let's face it, looks great. People will ask you about it whenever they can catch you. My son loves the clear window in the bottom of the boat and my dog loves to sit in the back. Weighing around 50 lbs, makes it easy to lift and transport without a cart.
CONS If you intend to stand or you sometimes are forced to any situation in which it is less than a smooth entry into the seat, the plastic molding supporting the seat will fail. I am on my second 12.5 kayak and the same thing happened after 2 months of medium frequency use. Both occasions I heard a crack of a 2-3 mm thick molded plastic and then a the distinct smell of a monomer. I called Delta and offered suggestions and my input, but then did not call back. I am very thankful for customer service at REI!!
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend