The Brooklyn Kayak Company’s PK12 will suit the solo traveler looking to fish in all-day comfort. Priced under $1,600, the extended legroom and increased storage capacity can suit anglers of all sizes and levels. Regardless of conditions, the PK12 is ready to go through currents and over chop. If fish is what you want, the PK12 will take you to them!
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- Easy to maneuver
- Good tracking
- Large storage area
- Handles rough waters well
- Harder to handle when loaded
Size and Weight
The BKC PK12 measures 12 feet / 366 cm in length, 32.75 inches / 83 cm in width, and 12.75 inches / 32 cm in height. It has a dry weight of 70 lbs / 32 kg, making handling it unloaded easy for a solo angler.
However, when loaded with gear, you might want some help getting this kayak in and out of the water.
This kayak has a weight capacity of 460 lbs / 209 kgs, which makes it suitable for anglers of most sizes as long as the amount of gear is kept reasonable. However, reviewers have stated that once the kayak is loaded past 420 lbs, the speed is significantly decreased.
The maximum payload of the PK12 is way more than some other 12-foot fishing kayaks like the Pelican Covert which can take only 350 lb / 159 kg.
The single-piece, rotomolded hull is made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and built to last. Still, it is recommended that you add a silicone sealant coating at the start and end of each season to prolong its lifespan.
Up on the boat’s bow, you’ll find a t-handle for easy carrying and a drain plug to remove water or clean the kayak. Right behind we have a waterproof, oval storage through-hull hatch that has an insert dry bag.
Remove the dry bag and you can access more storage in the kayak’s hull to stash things that you don’t need frequently like camping gear or your catch of the day.
Around the front hatch is molded drainage to handle waves splashing over the bow. There are also 11 scupper holes around the PK12. There are eight on the main deck, two at the stern, and one in the storage area.
There are two accessory rails at the front of the cockpit for your electronics and fishing gear. Between them is the included BKC PKDRIVE pedal drive that can move the kayak forwards or instantly reverse. The pedal drive cover has a cup holder and tray where you can place small stuff like tackle.
Note: Brooklyn Kayak Company also offers the PK12 with a 12V, five-speed trolling motor instead of a pedal system.
The deck is covered with traction foam so you can easily stand and cast from the kayak. The metal-framed, mesh seat is adjustable so anglers of all heights can reach the pedal system. The straps also allow you to adjust the angle of the backrest.
Like most BKC kayaks, there are two side carry handles so you can easily lift from left and right. Built into the side handles are two bungee-corded, paddle park systems to secure your paddle if not in use.
The updated PK12 now includes an anchor trolley so you can secure your craft while fishing without drifting.
On the left of the seat is a lever to control the rudder system. Under the seat, there is some storage space for you to stash something flat like a tackle box or flexible dry bag.
Behind the seat are two flush-mounted rod holders with attached covers to keep out water and a rectangular lid where you can access a storage tray.
The rear storage area is secured by removable bungees and has an additional watertight circular hatch. You can fit the BKC 20-liter cooler in the area, and there is also a mounting area where you can place a motor mount or a pontoon.
Towards the stern, there’s the rubber-lined rear handle and a rudder disc. You can’t place anything on the rudder disc when in use, or the weight will prevent it from rotating and controlling the rudder.
The BKC PK12 comes with one two-piece adjustable aluminum paddle.
The PK12’s flat, wide bottom allows for plenty of stability and many users have been able to stand up comfortably on it. The flat deck also keeps drag to a minimum and increases pedaling efficiency.
The kayak tracks well and is easy to maneuver compared to other 12-foot crafts. The shape of the boat makes it decent with tight turns and you can go up and down rivers or log jams without getting stuck.
In addition, the PK12 can handle rougher waters than smaller kayaks might struggle with. With its ample storage room, you can have the confidence to head out for the day knowing you’re well-stocked.
It is also a relatively fast kayak that can hold its own against other 12-footers. One of the best things about this kayak is how comfortable the seat is.
One thing to remember about the PK12 (and most pedal kayaks) is that you’ll need to pull up the pedal drive before landing, or the propeller will hit the shallow shore. However, this isn’t much of a problem since you can lift the system up and switch to a paddle.
Overall, the Brooklyn Kayak Company PK12 will make an awesome kayak for the beginner or intermediate solo angler that wants to head out for the day for a relaxing kayaking session, secure in the knowledge that even in bad weather, they can get themselves out of trouble.
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Specification: BKC PK12