BKC UH-TK181 12.5 foot Sit On Top Tandem Fishing – Review

Getting great value for your money is something we are all after when we go out shopping. That may seem like an extremely obvious statement, yet we rarely give ourselves enough time and put in the right effort into deciding what to purchase. So many times we buy from certain brands, and particular places out of habit without realizing how many options are actually out there, that could give you more at a better price.

Of course, we understand that going bargain shopping once a week can get quite irritating and sometimes all you want to do is get it over with. When it comes to buying bigger and more expensive gear like let's say kayaks! Which we assume you are all here for. We have seen people really divide into two groups.

People who have no idea what they are doing go out and buy the cheapest option and then complain about how not fun kayaking is. People who are into kayaks though fall into the other extreme view. 

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They are so meticulous, going over every aspect of each boat, and going over the numerous options out there. Today we got meticulous when looking over the BKC UH-TK181 12.5 feet Sit On Top Tandem Fishing Kayak. We really think this might be a decent option for both types of buyers!

About The Product

Like its name suggest this is a 2 person 12.5-foot kayak. The boat comes with very decent features like 7 possible rod holders! As well as two adjustable seats, and two aluminum paddles included. As well as adjustable paddle holders.

You can virtually adjust every feature on this, however, it is simple enough that you could simply take it straight out of the box and start using it immediately. All you really need to adjust are the seats. It can hold a weight of up to 450 pounds. So it isn’t an extremely heavy duty kayak to be completely honest.

You can though take all the gear you need for fishing and other activities. If you are going solo you could potentially even take a cooler with you. Here is where the adaptable seats come in handy. That way you can use all of the room the kayak however you see fit!

A Quick Summary 

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    Multiple carrying handles
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    Multiple storage areas: Features waterproof storage compartments
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    Two secure paddle parks
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    7 fishing rod holders, 3 are adjustable for convenience and 4 are flush-mounted for stability
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    450-pound load capacity

What We Like

We like this kayak as a value pick! It is a great kayak for that price. Many cheaply made inflatable options are actually really close in price with this kayak. Obviously, these kayaks are not as portable as inflatable ones, but they are an unpack and play item. You won’t need much assembly knowledge, or previous experiences using one of these to be able to get out on the water.

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One of the main features this kayak offers is the possibility to keep your hands free even while out on the water. This is great for fishing. You won’t have to worry about your paddles when you catch a fish or your rod while you paddle. You could bring up to seven rods on the tip with you. Another good feature is being able to adjust virtually everything on the boat.

Whether it be seats or holders everything can be made to fit exactly as you want it too. This makes it really seem like your own boat, and not just some stiff thing you rented out. Although it has the capacity to hold an average amount of weight it is not a heavy object. It is perfect for team lifting, and can also be handled solo without the need for superhuman efforts. Overall it is shaping up to be a very decent option.

What We Do Not Like

There are some concerns regarding this kayak, and we were not about to just let them pass us by. Some people have claimed that the kayak gets easily flooded. The issue is in the design. Since this is sold as a sit on top kayak the designers didn’t think it would be too much of a problem if your feet got a little wet.

So it seems they made this kayak modeled after a splash mountain log at Disneyland. It is no big deal for lakes and calm waters. However, it really does limit your options on where you can use it. We really don’t recommend using this kayak on choppy waters.

Most rivers are out of the question especially when the currents start to pick up, and well the ocean is not an option unless you were thinking of Cancun or something like that. The fact that your options become very limited is not something we like at all.

Where To Buy

In this case, there is really not a lot of options out there. These particular kayaks are only being sold through Amazon. At least at the time this was written. It may change in the near future. For now you don’t have the option of comparing in-store prices or anything like that. Other than the Amazon warranty these boats come with a one-year warranty directly from the manufacturer. 

We suggest you read over those agreements before you buy just so that you can be safe. Other than that we really don’t think there is much to be worried about. Like we always recommend you should most definitely take your kayak out for a ride before the warranty runs out don’t buy it store it and then hope for the best.

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Like we said, in the beginning, this is a kayak that can compete with a lot of the premier models out there especially in calm waters. Yet as it stands right now it is being sold at a very affordable price.

If you are convinced this is the best option for you be sure to snatch it as quickly as you can you wouldn’t want the price to suddenly come back up. Whether you are a picky buyer or not you still need to find the right fit. If you are looking for a calm water kayak with great features at a decent price look no further!

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