Freedom Hawk Freedom 12 Fishing Kayak

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Freedom Hawk Freedom 12 Fishing Kayak -
The next generation of stand-up fishing kayaks is here. A patented outrigger system gives you a choice of three versatile positions. Keep the outriggers locked in the conventional position and the Freedom 12 will maneuver and track like a kayak. Extend them to form a "Y" shape to increase stability when casting or rigging a rod. Fully extend them into their patented in-line position for maximum efficiency when paddling, fishing or poling. You’ll be able to stalk fish with less drag and water movement or gain additional paddling stability when the wind kicks up. Lightweight hull breaks down to a carrying weight of only 49 pounds. Stand up and lean against the casting brace with stabilizing bar to increase your casting accuracy. Other highlights include: paddle holder, two beverage holders, two flush-mount rod holders, two watertight storage compartments, self-bailing scupper holes with scupper plugs, multiposition molded-in footbraces, high-back seat and reinforced floor.
Length: 12’3" (hull: 9 ft., outriggers: 45").
Width: 31".
Weight: 69 lbs. (without outriggers: 49 lbs.)
Weight capacity: 250-275 lbs.
Colors: Olive, Blue, Yellow, Sand.
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Freedom Hawk Freedom 12 Fishing Kayak Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Stand up on the water!!!

Killer, killer, killer kayak!. I've had this kayak for about 6 months now and love it. The FH 12 is perfect for freshwater lakes and calm rivers for awesome bass fishing or fly fishing. VERY stable! I even made a little chair for the top of the roll bar that i sit on when i fish for a little more elevation. I use a 33 pound thrust Minn Kota motor and get around just fine. Easy for a one man breakdown and load The only thing I'm not to happy with is i can't take it into the ocean unless it's a supper calm day. I talked to the Pres. of FH (which is a Made in American Co.) and he told me the FH 14 handles really well in the ocean but the FH 12 is just a little to small. Other then that, I'm more then happy with this unique, attention getting kayak.
Grimis at Cabelas on 12/27/2010

Great Kayak, but everything comes at a price

Great kayak overall, for my purposes at least. Keep in mind when buying that this kind of convenience doesn't come without tradeoffs. Pro's-
Stable when standing
Able to paddle with outriggers out
Stand up bar
Breaks down for transport
Spacious open layout
Overall good fishability in a 12' kayak Cons-
Low freeboard
Outriggers must be deployed simultaneously to avoid temporary loss of stability
Not the easiest paddling kayak out there
shifting weight too far forward (ie reaching to bow for gear while standing) seriously hurts stability
Hard to access storage in stabilizers while on the water I bought this rig for fishing first and everything else second. For that purpose it is great, I can bow fish, cast, and bottom fish from this thing with all my gear and have no problems. If you are looking for a standard recreational kayak to maybe do some fishing, look elsewhere.
ShooterPerson at Cabelas on 02/19/2012

Neutral Reviews:

serious downsides

I wanted a kayak I could stand up and fish. With the legs out, the FH12 is very stable indeed. The problem is it paddles like a barge. Putting the legs in is kind of scary--it is very tippy and with the sides rather low to the water, it takes on water very easily and seem easy to overturn. Worse yet, the scuppers are NOT self-bailing, The water does not evacuate but instead can actually take on water! In weed heavy water, the hardware extending the legs often traps weeds. I have to clear them out constantly. Bottom line, there is no point in having a kayak that can extend it's legs for stability if you must keep it that way. I also found a lot of water inside the hull the last I used it--must be a major leak somewhere.
erio at Cabelas on 06/16/2011