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The BKC SK287 is a fairly inexpensive option that gives a top-tier kayaking experience.
With a length of 14 foot 9 inches, the 44-pound sit-inside fishing kayak is extremely fast and cuts through water swiftly. The cockpit dimensions are 33.5 inches long by 17.75 inches wide allowing an average-sized person to get in or out of it with ease.
Inside the cockpit, there’s a built-in seat with an adjustable backrest as well as a foot rudder-controlled system. There’s not much wiggle room inside the cockpit, but thanks to the adjustable seating, you can manage to perfectly position yourself to effortlessly reach the pedals for the rudder.
The rudder itself is very easy to deploy, all you have to do is pull the cord running to the back of the kayak. Once you do pull on the cord, there’s a stopper easily reachable to lock the rudder.
On the front of the kayak, there’s a sealed dry storage compartment covered with a rubber lid. Another one of these compartments can be found on the rear also, which has a slightly bigger opening where you can store larger equipment. If that’s not enough, there’s also a bungee string storage area to store additional gear.
On each end of the kayak, there are paddle parks where you can store away your paddle for fishing. This really helps, because you can carelessly fish knowing your paddle isn’t wandering around in the water.
The vessel is capable of carrying a weight of 330 pounds, which is a little underwhelming. If you are a serious fisher with lots of equipment you might be limited with what you can bring. But for the average angler, it’s more than enough.
Right behind the seat are 2 flush-mounted rod holders covered with caps so they don’t hold any stagnant water. They are placed behind your back, but with some time you will easily get adjusted to reaching them.
BKC also provides a warranty for the hull for 5 years, and a 1-year warranty for the parts. Additionally, the rotomolded HDPE hull is UV protected, which means it doesn’t deteriorate quickly under the heavy sun. BKC has a Care & Maintenance guide, to help your kayak stay in prime condition.
Overall the kayak was made to be fast and durable, and it lives up to its purpose.