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Comments about Native Watercraft Mariner 10 Propel Sit-On-Top Kayak:
I use the kayak for lake cruising, and intend to do some overnight camping. Cons: The bolt holding the left crank arm on came loose after 15 minutes of pedaling. I had to paddle back. I now carry a hex wrench on the kayak. The friction retainer for stowing a paddle is recessed too deeply to hold my 2-piece paddle. Velcro straps solved that problem. The middle retainer clip that holds the propel drive in place is too flimsy. The center one was deformed after 15 minutes of pedaling. The center one should be made of aluminum, because it has to withstand the force from pedaling. I will contact Native to get spares. The pedals provided are decent quality bike pedals, but I immediately replaced them with clipless mountain bike pedals, and use mountain biking shoes to hold my feet in position. I found that the kayak is not too stable. I added Hobie AMA outriggers (I had to modify the center bar because it was too short) to solve that problem. The fellow standing in the kayak in the video is probably an acrobat. I am tall and it is hard to find a comfortable pedaling position. When I have the seat far enough back to pedal, I have to stretch my left arm forward to control the rudder, which requires constant attention. I think I will be able to solve this problem, but haven't yet. Pros: The boat is speedy. I could maintain a steady 4 MPH pedaling with the outriggers out of the water, which is much faster than I can paddle. I tried to go faster, but I think the propeller cavitated (I'm not sure) and the center retaining clip deformed. The claims I read about attaining 8 miles per hour now seem ridiculous. It rides like a recumbent tricycle, and is stable with the outriggers. It is easy to paddle, but be sure to rotate the propeller drive out of the water, and use the rudder. After solving or working around the problems I noted above, I found the latest lake cruise quite enjoyable. Despite its limitations, I would recommend this kayak to anyone who enjoys self-propelled lake cruising.
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