Brooklyn Kayak Company’s PK11 sit-on-top pedal drive fishing kayak is a relatively lightweight kayak that anglers who like going hands-free will appreciate. Small enough for a solo paddler to handle, yet jam-packed with features, the PK11 will get you to where the fish are, FAST! Priced below $1,600, this kayak is an excellent choice for a solo angler that wants to spend the day out on the water in comfort.
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- Remarkably stable
- Comes with motor
- Relatively fast
- Easily handled by one person
- Not the best tracking
- Rudder system takes space
- Struggles with tight turns
Size and Weight
The BKC PK11 is 10 feet 6 inches / 320 cm long, 34 inches / 86 cm wide, and 12.75 inches / 32.3 cm tall. It has a dry weight of 60 lbs / 27 kg including the instant reverse pedal drive, which makes it relatively easy for one person to carry from the side handles located in the middle of the kayak.
However, once loaded, you might want some help getting this craft in the water.
The BKC PK11 has a capacity of 420 lbs / 191 kg, which can accommodate a medium to large-sized paddler and still leave plenty of room for gear.
This is a little less compared to other similarly-sized fishing kayaks like the Native’s Titan Propel 10.5 and the NuCanoe’s F10, both of which can accommodate 500 lbs / 227 kg.
The streamlined, rotomolded single-piece hull is built to last with added UV protection that is crack-resistant. However, to increase its lifespan, you can treat it with marine silicone sealant before and after each season.
At the bow of the yak is a sturdy, rubber-lined carry handle that’s screwed on. Just behind it is an oval waterproof hatch with an included dry bag. Lift the dry bag and you can access more storage space in the kayak.
Access to the bow hatch is tricky, so you might want to only store things you don’t need frequently like backup gear.
Down the kayak, you’ll find the BKC PKDRIVE kayak pedal system which can be easily stowed out of your way when not in use. The pedal drive opening’s cover comes with a cup holder and a small tray built in so you can store your tackle and small stuff.
Note: Brooklyn Kayak Company also offers the PK11 with a 12V, five-speed trolling motor instead of a pedal system.
On each side of the pedal system are two accessory rails for you to mount your electronics. Right behind it along the gunnels are two side carry handles so you can manage your kayak side to side in addition to front and back.
Along the gunnels are also two bungee-corded, paddle park systems for you to secure your paddle when not in use. The deck is covered with a diamond pattern for optimal friction so you can stand in the kayak to fly fish.
The comfortable seat is made of metal tubing and mesh and can be adjusted fore and aft so that paddlers of all sizes can reach the pedals. There’s some room under the seat for you to stash small, flat things like tackle boxes.
Right around the seat are three flush-mounted rod holders with covers to keep out splashing water.
Moving along, there is a round storage hatch behind the seat with another dry bag. Similar to the bow hatch, lift the dry bag and you can access more storage in the kayak. Right behind the stern hatch is the rudder disc. More about that to come.
There are a total of eight scupper holes with plugs included in the PK11. The stern storage area is a large compartment secured by a bungee system that can fit BKC’s 20-liter cooler.
At the stern is the flush-mounted rudder system. The rudder is level with the bottom of the boat so you won’t have to worry about damaging the rudder on reefs or logs. The rudder is controlled by a lever on the left of the seat, and as the lever turns the rudder disc, the rudder will respond.
Right at the back are the carry handle and the single drain plug.
When pedaling the kayak back to land, be sure to stow the pedal drive system or you might hit the propellers in shallow water.
This speedy kayak is effortless to paddle, but the tracking might not be optimal, especially in rougher waters. BKC has recommended installing a skeg at the front to help with the tracking.
While the rudder helps with maneuverability, the kayak also doesn’t have an extremely tight turning radius.
The rudder disc towards the stern of the boat has to be able to swivel, which means you cannot put anything heavy on it. A light bag or a jacket might be okay, but a cooler box certainly would not. This means your stern storage space would be significantly decreased.
The rudder is flush against the bottom of the boat, which means you can’t lift the front of your kayak or the rudder will be hitting the ground. This makes loading and unloading a tad tricky, and you might need help lifting the boat. Alternatively, you can leave the rudder off while you are transporting the kayak.
Overall, the PK11 is an excellent kayak for the solo angler that wants the freedom to speed to where the fish are and go hands-free most of the time.
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