Kaku Kayaks’ Zulu Pedal Drive Hybrid Kayak

Kevin Hawkins has been designing and testing Kaku Kayaks and SUPs for years, but this is his first year adding a pedal system to the line-up. The new Zulu is a roto-molded SUP and kayak hybrid with a wide, flat deck like a board and bow hatch and pedal system like a boat.

Hawkins gave the hull a sharp entry to cut through chop and silently sneak up on fish. A large bow hatch gives access to the hull for storage. The pedal system uses a simple two-point bracket to connect to the deck. The propeller drive drops through a large scupper covered with a Starboard cover. Remove the pedals, and the cover doubles as a fish finder and transducer pod. Hawkins brought over the Voodoo frame seat, which can serve as a seat, standing platform or leaning post.

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On the Zulu, the party is out back where mounting plates give the option of adding Power-Pole micro anchors or an electric or gas motor. A large hatch in the stern will fit a large battery to power the motor and Power-Pole. We like the tough stainless-steel rudder that controls direction.

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.



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