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.

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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