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Bonafide P127 Fishing Kayak Review & Specs: Capacity King with Pedal Drive

John Deshauteurs of Kayak Fishing Fun walks us through some of the features of the Bonafide P127 Series from Big Adventures, which took the best-selling SS127 and added the Propel Pedal Drive system, making the P127 achieve ultimate fishability with options to pedal, power or paddle.

IDEAL APPLICATION: Pedal, paddle and easy to motorize! Performs great in fresh and inshore saltwater conditions. The rudder retracts up and down, offering great benefits for anglers traversing shallow water or rough, open waters. Great capacity, well-suited for larger kayakers.

OVERVIEW: Bonafide kayaks are known for comfort and stability. The P127 is a hybrid catamaran-style hull tuned to accommodate the Propel drive and any added stern weight (motor). The seat is hand-sewn, made in the USA with great back support and fore-and-aft adjustability; it mounts in a relatively high position, giving the angler good visibility and ample space below for storing tackle trays and other needs. The Propel unit is the same bomber design as that found on the Native Propel kayak models. The seventh-gen Propel features a new integrated weedguard, to go with the proven stainless gearing. YakAttack Aluminum Gear Tracs are mounted port and starboard, fore and aft. Quick-draw rod stagers and covered areas forward for the tip sections are included. Lastly, there’s a transducer recess with mounting plate.

NOTABLE: The bow hatch has “Doubleheader” hinges— if you’re standing outside the kayak, as on the trailer or beach, you can swing it back to slide rods all the way inside the body of the kayak. If you’re seated, you can swing it forward to access supplies or the battery/transducer wiring. Also noteworthy is the new rudder design on this boat: It retracts fully for shallow launches but deploys deep for maximum control in winds or hard currents. MSRP $3,099

Bonafide P127 Specs:

  • Length: 12’ 7”
  • Width: 34”
  • Weight: 120 LBS. w/ pedal & seat, 100 LBS. hull
  • Overall Capacity: 475 LBS.
  • Propulsion: Paddle, Propel Pedal Drive

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