2023 Native Watercraft Slayer Propel Max 12.5

Native Watercraft is a brand that created the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5. The company that the brand is under is known as BIG Adventures, LLC. The motto of Native Watercraft is, “There’s nothing like the view from the water.”

The company designs and manufactures kayaks for personal use. They also build different accessories and hybrids to meet every need of those who do like to get out on the water.

When a big boat won’t do it, a kayak will. With the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5, you can nestle yourself into nature and go places that you would otherwise not be able to go in a traditional boat. Your new kayak opens the door to new experiences, encounters with wildlife, and more. You can fish in peace and enjoy what the open sea has to offer.

Each Native Watercraft is built with you in mind and the designers have many years of combined experience. They all love adventure, and this is what fuels them as they design and create the kayaks you love to take out on your fishing or exploration trip.

When you purchase a Native Watercraft, you are not just purchasing a cookie-cutter kayak. The brand uses the best techniques and materials available on the market to ensure your boat is completely durable and reliable. Not only do they use some of the best materials, but they have also created some of the most innovative features including Propel Pedal Drive, Adapt-A-Track, Ultimate Tegris, and First Class Seating.

Packed full of fishing features, the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 is an excellent kayak for anyone who wants to not only get out on the water but be close to the water.

We invite you to read our in-depth review below to get a better idea of what the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 has to offer you. We will review the interior and include accessories, pricing, and warranty information.

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Interior and Accessories

If you are one of those anglers that prefer to be in a kayak, then Native Watercraft has something special for you. They cater to your needs and the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 is a good representation of that. The Propel Max 12.5 gets you up close and personal with the water and you will remain stealthier leading to more bite on your line.

The 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 comes in your choice of three colors, which include grey goose, gator green, and hidden oak.

One of the most unique features of the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 is the pedal-drive system. This system is completely powered by you. This means no engine to worry about, no vibration, and no loud noise that you have to fight over to enjoy the world around you. The 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 allows you to use your foot power to move the boat through a propeller system.

Specifically, the Propel Max 12.5 uses a Pedal Drive 701 series, which includes a pedal system made from anodized aluminum and comes with a 10-to-1 gear ratio. This system is ideal because it is easy to both install and remove whenever you want to. The kayak does come with a pre-cut hole for the system, so you do not have to worry about getting down and dirty to prep the kayak for the system.

Using the pedal system is smooth and simple. All you need to do is place your feet on the pedals and get going. You will find that the kayak glides nicely on the water and you can control the direction of the kayak utilizing a stern rudder that is placed port side. The pedals are non-slip, so you do not have to worry if your shoes or feet are wet. You will feel completely in control at all times.

As we mentioned, this kayak is equipped to be a fishing haven for anglers who want to be on the water. You will find a total of three rod holders that are molded into the kayak. These holders make it easy for you to keep your rods and fish without feeling overwhelmed. You will also find plenty of rod storage on board. Horizontal rod holders are on both sides of the seat.

The kayak features a comfortable seat that is hand-stitched and pleasant on the eye. It is adjustable so that you can fit it to your preferences. Both sides of the seat allow you to attach plastic tackle trays and under the seat is a pull-out tackle drawer for storage.

Other Features Included on the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5:

  • Built-in transducer mounting plate
  • Small bucket in the bow hatch
  • Electronic switch mounting plate
  • Stern and bow inserts
  • Groove tracks


What sets the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 apart from others is that it does not come with an engine. Instead, it comes with a Propel Pedal Drive 701 Series. The system is durable, tough, and proven to be easy to maintain.

Native Watercraft has already pre-cut the hole for the pedal system, so that you can install and remove it with ease whenever you want.

The 701 series offers a 10:1 gear ratio and is completely powered by your feet. You will find that the pedals are easy to grip onto with your feet, shoes or not, as they offer a non-slip finish. Once you are in your kayak, sit down, and get to pedaling and you will be well on your way.

The pedal system is made from marine-grade anodized aluminum which means it will not succumb to fresh or saltwater and will last the lifetime of the boat.

Steering your kayak is a breeze as well and probably one of the easier kayaks to steer. On the side of your kayak, you will find a rudder that allows you to maneuver your kayak with ease. If you want to turn right, simply move the rudder right. If you want to reverse, simply pedal backward. This kayak is so easy to move on the water and it glides so flawlessly that you will think you are on a cloud.


  • Foot-powered propulsion
  • Plenty of storage space on board
  • Comfortable and adjustable seat
  • Rod holders and rod storage on board

Pricing and Specifications

Native Watercraft is transparent in its pricing and lists the base MSRP for a 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 at $2,999.

You do have the choice of one of three colors when it comes to your new kayak. The color choice does not influence the price though.

The actual price you pay for your new 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 will depend on several factors and it is best to speak with an authorized dealer to get an accurate quote.

2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 Specifications

  • Length: 12 feet 6 inches
  • Width: 34 inches
  • Weight (fully rigged): 125 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
  • Beam: 2 feet 10 inches
  • Passengers: 1


BIG Adventures, LLC operates the brand Native Watercraft and is responsible for providing a warranty on kayaks purchased. A warranty is provided with the purchase of a 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5. The company warrants that each kayak will be free from any defective materials or faulty workmanship.

The kayak hull comes with a limited lifetime warranty against any major manufacturing defects. The hull comes with a 5-year warranty against any normal wear and tear. All kayak components come with a 1-year warranty.

The 701 Series Propel Pedal System comes with a 5-year limited warranty against defects in material or workmanship.

There are stipulations for the warranty and exclusions, so it is important to speak with an authorized dealer to discuss the warranty in detail and make sure you understand it fully.

Final Thoughts

The 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5 is an excellent choice for a kayak, and it is easy to maintain – actually, probably one of the easiest kayaks to maintain. The propulsion system is powered by your feet, which makes it simple and easy.

This kayak makes it easy for you to get up close and personal with wildlife, fish, and the water. At an affordable price point and equipped for even a serious angler, you will fall in love with the 2023 Slayer Propel Max 12.5.

Check out this kayak at your local authorized dealer today!

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