At under $900, the Brooklyn Kayak Company’s FK184 is a relatively affordable one-person sit-on-top fishing kayak that would suit the solo angler or youth paddler. Lightweight and relatively fast, it is stable and handles larger waves fairly well. Whether you’re heading out for an afternoon of chasing fish or going for a casual paddle, this single kayak will get you there.
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- Lightweight and easy to handle
- All-day comfort
- 5 rod holders
- Possible manufacturing defects
Size And Weight
The BKC FK184 measures 9 feet / 274 cm in length, 32 inches / 81 cm in width, and 14 inches / 35.5 cm in height.
It weighs a mere 44 lbs / 20 kg, which makes it one of the lightest and easiest-to-handle fishing kayaks around. A solo paddler or angler is unlikely to have trouble getting it on top of the car or launching it, especially if it is unloaded.
The FK184 has a capacity of 330 lbs / 150 kg. While this is way less than many other fishing kayaks, it would be adequate for a smaller person and some gear. It might not suit larger people that have loads of gear.
At the bow is a plastic t-handle for easy carrying, not the usual rubber-lined ones attached to the boat. Right behind it is a round storage hatch with an included dry bag and if you remove the bag, you can access more storage under it.
Back on the deck is where the included articulating rod holder will go. The single rod holder tilts and swivels 360 degrees. Also on the deck are a water bottle holder, the step system footrests, and two scupper holes.
The molded footrests will suit people of most heights, but the adjustable foot pegs that other kayaks have will give more flexibility and control. In addition, the footrests take up loads of space on the deck that you can otherwise use and if you’re a tall person, the rests closer to you might dig into your calves.
There is also another hatch just in front of the seat that comes with another dry bag. Under the dry bag, you can access the main storage compartment where you can put things that you don’t mind getting wet.
The FK184 has a total of 5 rod holders. As mentioned, one is a removable rod holder, two flush-mounted ones are on the exterior, and two are located beside the seat. The rod holders can be covered by the attached caps to keep out the water and prevent it from getting into the hull.
Next to the rod holders on the exterior, there are two carry handles on the sides so you can carry your kayak left and right instead of the usual back and front.
Both carry handles also have a paddle rest bungee system so you can stash your paddle when not in use.
With high back support, the memory-foam seat is attached with a four-point harness system so you won’t slip and slide in the kayak.
If you want to install a trolling motor, there’s an area beside the seat with mounting screws so you can mount a trolling motor mount or a pontoon. If you use the BKC TM 315 trolling motor mount, you can fit it right into the rod holders on both sides of the seat.
Behind the seat is where the included backpack can be clipped on so you can easily grab your stuff if you beach up and leave your kayak for a bit.
Towards the stern, a large storage area can fit a milk crate or six-gallon bucket. The area is secured with removable bungee tie-downs.
Right at the very back is the other t-handle as well as the drain plug.
The BKC FK184’s included paddle has an adjustable snap-button ferrule.
The kayak is relatively stable, but while standing up on it is possible, it is definitely not recommended, especially if there are any waves or if you have poor balance.
The seat has great back support but after a long day, the hard plastic bottom can get uncomfortable to sit on.
Despite only being 9 feet long, the FK184 has decent speed and you’ll move pretty well. It maneuvers well and is agile enough to handle tighter turns and small spaces.
Overall, the FK184 will suit youths or smaller people who want to go fishing on a kayak but don’t want to spend a ton on one. At below $900, this is one of the more affordable kayaks by Brooklyn Kayak Company.
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