The Brooklyn Kayak Company FK13 is a sit-on-top fishing kayak that comes with an upright aluminum seat, paddle, and a foot-controlled rudder. This kayak is great for taller and heavier adults. At under $1,200, the pricing provides value for money for those wanting to have a stable kayak that can be used comfortably when going on fishing trips.
- Value for money
- Very stable
- Loads of waterproof storage spaces
- Comfortable for long periods
- Not the fastest
- Rudder is challenging to use
- Fairly heavy
Size and Weight
The BKC FK13 measures 12 feet 11.5 inches / 395 cm in length, 33.5 inches / 85 cm in width, and weighs 77 lbs / 35 kg.
It’s lighter than other 13-foot kayaks but you might still want to have some assistance when handling or storing it. However, it is still possible to manage an unloaded FK13 on your own.
The BKC FK13 solo sit-on-top kayak has a capacity of 550 lb / 249 kg which is great for storing fishing gear and fitting taller and heavier adults.
The hull of this kayak is a sturdy rotomolded UV-protected HDPE that is ready to track in any conditions, from rough and choppy waters to calmer ones.
At the bow, there’s a comfy, sturdy handle with two screws so you can bring it around or stow it on top of your car.
Right after the handle is a generously-sized watertight hatch with an elastic band where you can stash your gear. As we move down the kayak, there is an accessory rack for mounts and then another smaller hatch that is held together with buckle clips.
On the smaller hatch are also a cupholder and two measuring rulers, one for inches and another for centimeters if you want to measure your catch on the fly.
Moving back further, you have adjustable foot pegs for more flexibility and better control. Also on the deck, the super comfy aluminum seat has adjustable straps that you can tweak to sit further fore or aft on the kayak.
There’s a circular waterproof hatch just under the seat which can be challenging to access because of its strange placement.
Just behind the seat, there is another waterproof compartment and twin rod holders that are covered by lids.
Towards the stern, the large storage has a traditional bungee cord system that can be used for more fishing gear.
Just behind it is a foot-controlled rudder system that is attached to the boat with a pin. However, the rudder pedal doesn’t move unless you remove the part of the footpeg that locks it into position, which takes a fair bit of force.
The BKC FK13 comes with an included paddle with an adjustable snap-button ferrule.
The BKC FK13 is a stable, easy-to-handle kayak, and thanks to its foot-controlled rudder, it tracks smoothly even in choppy waters. Some anglers have complained that it tends to nose walk, but this is because the rudder is not tightened properly.
It also has a very comfortable seat that can be adjusted according to your height and lowered so you can lean back and rest while fishing. With its stable hull, cushy seat, and ample storage, this is a great value-for-money kayak to take on your fishing trips.
Overall, the BKC FK13 is a comfortable sit-on-top fishing kayak that is stable, easily handled, and maneuvered. It suits the weekend fishing enthusiast looking for an affordable kayak that still has good performance and ample storage.
However, if you’re looking for a faster kayak, you might want to look for other fishing models.
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Specification: BKC FK13