Freedom Hawk Pathfinder

Priced: $1,399.99 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 2 reviews.
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Freedom Hawk Pathfinder -
Optimized for offshore fishing and long-range paddling trips, the Pathfinder features added freeboard and a wave-cutting upswept bow for premium big-water performance. And it also features the exclusive dual-outrigger design that has made Freedom Kayaks popular with anglers. Its patented outriggers offer three-position versatility for customizing performance – in position one, the outriggers are folded in line with the hull for the streamlined speed of a normal kayak; in position two, the outriggers are fully extended to deliver maximum stability for casting, poling and boating large fish; in position three, the outriggers are extended but angled parallel to the hull for a balanced mix of speed and catamaran-like stability in rough waters. Both outriggers are also removable and double as dry-storage compartments. This kayak has a large, 450-lb. capacity for loading all your gear and fishing tackle. Casting brace offers an easy hold for stand-up casting. Two flush-mounted rod holders. Watertight bow storage compartment with a wide, asymmetrical hatch. Built-in deck storage tray at rear. Self-bailing scupper holes and scupper plugs. Adjustable foot braces. High-back seat for all-day comfort. Transom includes inserts for an optional trolling motor mount (not included) and a specially designed recess for a battery case.
Overall length: 14’2".
Hull length: 10’4".
Outrigger length: 50".
Width: 31".
Weight: 79 lbs.
Weight (without outriggers): 61 lbs.
Maximum capacity: 450 lbs.
Colors: Yellow, Sand, Blue, Olive.
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Stable/sea worthy & a great fly casting platform

I bought one of these from Cabelas and had an electric motor designed for the yak installed. The motor is steered by additionally installed foot pedals. This yak is even more stable and sea worthy than our Hobie Oasis with the pontoons in the 2nd or 3rd position. I have brought it back to the launch sites after running into foot high waves with no water coming in and over the bow. My only problem is it is a beast that eats up the charge on my batteries when underway. I have two bad shoulders and can't paddle it for long distances. I really have to watch the charge on the battery. Buy the additional high seat for comfort and probably safety. Your vision while seated is good, and you don't have to stand up while underway. I use an adjustable high end Kayak paddle when needed and the FH standup paddle to maneuver in and around. You have to do some Rube Goldberging to install anchor lines and mounts and paddle mounts. The yak fits in the bed of my Honda Ridgeline with the pontoons on the sides of the yak. I can back my truck down the ramp, to the water's edge at the launch site. Then, I put the yak part out and place it sideways on the concrete ramp and on thewater's edge. Then I attach the pontoons. Next, I load it up and tie down my high rise chair/seat. After parking the truck, I walk back down the ramp and put one foot in the yak and push off with the other. Then, I can paddle it or use my electric motor. Or if I want to stay close by to fish, I stand and paddle with the standup paddle to where I want to go and anchor. I put the pontoons in the second position before I get in and launch. I keep the pontoons in the stable 2nd position until I get to where I want to stop and hopefully fish. When I get to the fishing site, I put the pontoons in the widest or 3rd position. I use my Rube Goldberg sliding anchor line on the upwind side I want it on. It is fixed with a quick release clip and float incase I need to drop anchor and chase a hooked fish. Like with my FH 12, I wear waders and boots or my yak waders with feet in boots. I put a soft side cooler in front of my feet and under the casting bar, then I have my Simms bag in front or in back. This spring, I will be going to a Lithium battery to shed poundage and have longer battery life. I haven't decided on one that mounts in the stern or a kayak style on that is mounted aft and swings up and down and can be steered with my feet using it like a rudder. Cabela' carries the one that mounts on the stern. It would be nice if they sold the yak motor with the lithium battery. At 75, I'm too old to duck hunt anymore. However, a green or tan Pathfinder with some local mud smeared over it with some local reeds attached with a dozen decoys floating around it might be the ultimate hunting platform. Even after duck season starts on our local river, I have ducks fly right in over me inspite of the yellow color of the yak. The Pathfinder can be poled/pushed with the appropriate pole/pushers for hunting in shallow waters. If you fish, hunt or want to stand up and paddle in comfort, you can't go wrong with the Pathfinder.
GrampaSpey at Cabelas on 11/01/2013

1st kayak

This kayak is great, as advertised able to stand up and fish. When the outriggers are not deployed you have to be careful as it is a "sit on top" and will turn over. Deploy the outriggers, paddle, and fish, plenty of room for all the gear and moves thru the water with ease. I remove the outriggers for transporting on an 8ft trailer. Overall very satisfied with this kayak and its a fun fishing trip.
BPEP at Cabelas on 09/18/2013