The accessory decisions on the Native Slayer are something that came in development through prototype stages. The involvement with the professional guides who use these craft on a daily basis translated into great decision-making on the development of these boats and their accessories. As the Slayer rolls into year “2” there are other changes including the addition of a Propel version of the boat. Extra storage features connected to the seat are also incorporated for 2014.
There are several items that are available to add on to your Slayer which were not ready at the time of the initial product launch. The rudder was always going to be an attractive feature for the Slayer but the company needed more time to get the bracket properly designed for this boat. Here is information on the rudder kits: “The Rudder Kit blade is attached to the stern of the boat, along with a cleat and bungee that secures it when it is not needed. Wires run from the blade to the Easy Foot™ braces which are used to control the rudder during paddling.”
- Anodized aluminum blade
- All hardware for attachment included
The addition of a rudder on the Slayer is going to be a great decision for owners. The advantages for drift fishing and elimination of correction strokes are obvious. As I have told anyone who has ever asked about a rudder: It is a luxury, but one that once you have had it, you will want it the rest of your life. The rudder for the Slayer is something that an owner probably wants to seriously consider, assisting with the elimination of correction strokes (steering the boat) and giving some control while drift fishing. These are made with rugged materials.
Forward storage area options:
The forward area of the Slayer was something that was a topic for debate. Since the time I first started using kayaks for fishing, I detested the forward hatches. When the discussions were being held on the future designs of Native Watercraft, I spoke up against having enclosed hatches on the bow of kayaks. I knew it would meet opposition. Some people like to have a hatch. The people at Native came up with a way to accommodate both sides. The open area in the bow of the Slayer is something I like a great deal. For those who would like to have a hatch up there: You can. You can choose between the lid that creates a hatch or the Hatch Bag, similar to Native’s cooler bags, manufactured to fit that forward tank area snugly. For me, it will remain an open area at all times. If I want something stored dry, I will pull out my dry bags.
Scupper plugs for the oversize holes on the Slayer are also now available. A backpack for the back of the Slayer seat is an option. For the 2014 model there is also a tool kit holster and under seat storage features built right into the design. Here they are:
For rudder kits and hatches for your Slayer, contact your local retailer for availability and installation fees. If they do not have it, they can get it ordered for you. Accessories have been available to the stores for them to stock.
A video created on the 2014 Slayer accessories: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG9nPInktew&feature=youtu.be
There are also interior battery pack options for 2014 for those who want to utilize small electronics like fish finders and
Here is the original review on the Native Slayer
Coming up next, an accessory for all kayak owners, Native or not: The new paddle holder by Native Watercraft! A more reliable paddle holder with easy attach/detach feature, there are easy angle adjustments in the accessory tracks.