Rowing on a kayak is fun. Problem is, you want to take the kayak out to fish, but end up spending half the day and much of your energy on rowing to get to a decent fishing spot. It’s frustrating. The Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot 120 wants to spare you from this common fishing hassle.
A motorized kayak, it lets you glide through the water without the need to work the paddle, so you can get your fishing spot with very little effort, allowing you to expend your energy on more enjoyable activities. Like… you know… tying little knots, casting your line, and waiting for hours until an unfortunate swimmer actually bites. Yeah, that’s fun.
The Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot 120 is a fishing kayak that’s powered by a saltwater-ready 12V Minn Kota motor, which boasts 45 pounds of thrust to quickly get you to your destination. Basically, as long as you know where you’re going, it shouldn’t take you much time to get to that spot. Instead of handheld steering controls, the motor integrates a foot brace steering mechanism, so you can keep your hands free the entire time you’re navigating the water. That way, you can play with your retro handheld console, chug beer out of your Tall Boy Pint Cup, or play with your lures to decide which of them is feeling lucky today.
Even better, that motor comes with the outfit’s Spot-Lock technology, a clever system that allows it to keep the board in your desired spot. You know how wind and current in the ocean will tend to move your boat out of position without you even realizing it? Simply engage the Spot-Lock mode and this thing will automatically use the motor to keep that from happening, ensuring you can spend the day right in the same spot where some dude on the internet said he got a lot of fish last week.
While the innovative motor is definitely the main selling point, the Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot 120 is no slouch for a fishing kayak. There’s a large open cockpit, for instance, to let you organize all your gear while allowing you to catch fish from a variety of positions, as well as four rod holders, so you can stock up on equipment and supplies. It has a premium dual-layer seat can be positioned high or low according to your liking, so you can wait for a bite all day in perfect comfort, while an EVA foam pads on the deck provide non-slip grip, no matter how wet it gets in the kayak. The boat has a total usable weight capacity of 415 pounds for you and all your gear.
Other features include an extra-large rudder for excellent boat control, shallow water anchor mount inserts, lift assist for easily installing the removable motor, and even a custom tackle box. It also has three through-hull wiring kits and a universal transducer mount that can be used to install a fish finder without needing to drill a hole into the kayak.
The Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot 120 is available now, priced at $3,799.99.