Bonafide Kayaks RS117
The Bonafide RS117 is a kayak that offers much of the high-end performance that the Bonafide brand is known for, but with a more affordable price tag. This kayak is easily among the top choices for serious anglers looking for a great ride in the sub-$1,000 category. Despite being very lightweight compared to other kayaks with similar dimensions, the RS117 packs in plenty of great features. This kayak lives up to the Bonafide reputation for quality and stability without breaking the bank for most anglers.
- Good stability
- Transducer ready
- Great agility
- Easy to transport
- Good speed
- Great capacity
- No in-hull storage
- No seat padding
- No removable center console
Size and Weight
With an overall length of 11’7” (353 cm) and 33.5” (85 cm), the RS117 is perfect for those seeking a small to medium size kayak that can still deliver on quality. This kayak weighs in at just 75 lbs (34 kg), which means most anglers will have no problem toting or handling this one when needed. The RS117 sports large, molded handles on the bow and stern for easy gripping or securing it to a vehicle or trailer. This kayak also has a deck height of 11.5” (29.2 cm), which gives it a low profile in the water.
Unlike other lightweight kayaks of similar size, the RS117 is capable of holding up to 425 lbs (193 kg). It is able to handle larger-than-average sized individuals, as well as plenty of gear, including a fish finder. Even when decked out with a hefty amount of gear, many users report that the RS117 still maintains its impressive performance capabilities in the water.
There is no shortage of great features with the RS117. As one of the more affordably-priced kayaks in the Bonafide lineup, this one delivers on everything a serious angler wants in a kayak without the large price tag that typically comes with premium brand vessels.
Backed by Bonafide’s Lifetime Limited Warranty, the RS117 is designed with a hybrid catamaran hull which gives it uncompromising stability and excellent maneuverability. The overall design is focused on providing plenty of stability. Unlike other kayaks that are built to be nearly unflippable, the RS117 is not limited when it comes to speed and tracking.
The catamaran-style hull shifts the kayak’s weight dispersion to the sides while the interior pontoons help to reduce drag. The result is one of the smoothest rides you’ll find in a sub-$1,000 kayak. The hull’s shape is all about giving the user complete control over the kayak, whether you’re in the seated or standing position.
Like most other budget-minded built kayaks, the RS117 features an open well in the front instead of a bow hatch compartment. There is a fitted mesh covering for this well that doubles as a paddle pocket for quick and easy storage when you need to reach for a gear item or grab your rod and make a crucial cast.
Bonafide’s sister company, YakAttack, are responsible for adding the Mighty Mount XL gear tracks on each side and in the center of the cockpit for fully customizable equipment installation. A transducer scupper with inserts lets you easily install a fish finder.
The RS117’s wide deck features foam padding that’s perfect for users who prefer to go barefoot. The adjustable seat is not padded, but is surprisingly comfortable. Anglers will appreciate the large storage space below the seat that is ideal for stashing anything from tackle boxes to snacks.
The kayak does not come with a rudder, but you can easily add one.
To sum it up, the RS117 has virtually everything you want in a premium fishing kayak at a very attractive price point.
Many users describe the overall feel to be very similar to the Bonafide SS127. It has excellent tracking thanks to the catamaran hull design. This kayak also has a great reputation for superb maneuverability, handling, and speed thanks to a relatively narrow hull.
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