Pelican Catch 120
There is something about boating. The ability to sit, buoyant on the water is a little surreal. In addition to sitting on the water, it allows the boater to spend time outside in nature. When you get into sport-boating whether it’s canoeing and kayaking, sport style boating offers physical activity and the pleasure of boating in one.
There are different types of boats available to those looking for an opportunity to use boating as exercise. This includes paddle boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Important things to consider when boating is the requirement of a paddle. Also a life jacket. Without these two items, boating can become very dangerous.
Our website provides product reviews on popular outdoor and indoor items. This article is a product review on the Pelican Catch 120, a kayak offered by the brand Pelican. We looked at consumer reviews and the quality of materials used in order to determine if this kayak is worth the cost. This is our in-depth review of the Pelican Catch 120. We hope that this article helps you with your next kayak purchase.
- Easy to stand and balance in
- Lightweight in design thus easy to transport
- Comfortable to sit in
- Convenient high seating position is a plus
- Doesn't track in a straight line when paddling
- Slow moving no matter how hard you paddle
The paddles are floatable but losing them in the water can be complicated to get them out of the water. It also comes with rod tie-downs that will hold your fishing rod in the boat as well and frees up hands for other things. Finally, it comes with a stand assist strap which helps the fisherman stand up in the boat which offers stability and helps with casting.
Those who bought this board said they were happy with how this boat is constructed. They also appreciated the high-quality materials that were used to build this boat. Because of the materials used, this boat is lightweight and easier to move and transport which reviewers liked. Another add-on offered by this boat is a grippy carpet that is installed in the boat to help the fisherman stand. This also offers some shifting abilities which are handy when trying to cast. Due to the drifting issue, discussed later in the article, this also may be handy when the boat drifts a little. Reviewers were happy with this feature.
This isn't a two person fishing boat. The boat also includes adjustable footrests which allow those inside the boat to adjust the footrests according to their size and height. Those who bought this boat were happy with the amount that they could carry in this boat. The additional weight capacity allows them to carry additional gear and themselves with ease which is positive.
Another waterproofing addon is the resin which is "advanced" and helps with the rigidity and waterproofing abilities of this boat. This material is significantly stronger and lighter than standard polyethylene. Those who bought this boat were happy with the waterproofing abilities of this boat, as well as its weatherproofing. This is discussed later on in this article.
Reviewers appreciated how comfortable and supportive the seat is in this boat, noting that they didn't have any back issues and they found paddling easy. One critique is that the material on the seat seems to rip pretty early on in the lifetime of this boat. Outside of this issue, reviewers were happy with the comfort level of this boat and found that to be the most appealing feature of this boat.
Those who bought this boat were happy with its appearance, though there are some issues with the hull of the boat despite its nice look. This is discussed in more detail below. One area that a reviewer noted is that the handles are just riveted to the hull which gives the boat a cheaper look. They would have preferred them to be made a little better quality. Otherwise, this boat is aesthetically pleasing and well-designed which helps with the price point of the boat.
Reviewers noted that the material used rips relatively easily but the manufacturer does seem to be pretty reliable and the seat cover is covered under warranty. Reviewers that called the company had no issues with getting replacement seat covers which is really positive. Outside of this issue, the eyelets and holders seem to stay intact well and this boat lasted people a long time which is really positive and definitely helps the price point of this product.
The primary issue that reviewers had with this boat is the hull of this boat which, according to reviewers, could not keep the boat straight to save its life. According to reviewers, the hull moves around so aggressively when rowing that it is nearly impossible to get anywhere effectively. Another issue with this boat is that the boat does not glide through the water despite the fact that the boat is so lightweight in nature.
Reviewers noted that it takes forever to get anywhere. Finally, the last issue with this boat is that the boat drifts quite a bit. And immediately, not just over time and in still waters. The boat will start to drift from a cast off which reviewers found very frustrating.
The issue is that, as mentioned, the boat cant stay straight or still very well. Those who bought this boat noted that this boat is a great boat for novice boaters. This kayak is decently priced making this boat a great boat for beginners. The body of this boat can handle the elements well and offers a decent level of stability which is really positive.
The durability of the boat is impressive and would offer a long term product and would be great for those on a budget. It also offers a decent warranty which helps justify the price plus the boat is attractive in design and stable in nature which is great as well. This boat offers a great bang for your buck but, again, better for beginners.
- Additional bottle and rod holders to free up hands for other things
- Adjustable footrests and Ergocast G2 dual position seating system for comfort
- Tank well with bungee cords for better handling and easier control
- Anti-slip carpet and decent stability for easier standing when casting
- Drain plug for incidental water accumulation within the boat
- Molded paddle rest which helps protect the paddles and keep them in that boat
- 400-pound capacity for additional towing capacity
The primary issues of this boat are that the design of the hull seriously impacts its ability to move straight through the water. Also, the boat doesn't move very fast despite its surprisingly light design meaning that any destination it is going to will take quite a bit longer than alternative products on the market. It also really drifts when in the water and not with time but immediately. Reviewers felt that casting causes the product to shift quite excessively which is a serious issue.
On the plus side, this boat is well-priced and offers a pretty durable and waterproof design. it is great for anyone looking for an inexpensive, novice product.