Jackson hit a homerun with the 13.5. A great all-around boat for all-around fishing. Photo: Ric Burnley
Jackson hit a homerun with the 13.5. A great all-around boat for all-around fishing.

When Jackson Kayak and Jim Sammons released the Kraken 15.5, the kayak world was shaken by this big water boat loaded with features. Now they’ve extended the line to include a 13.5-foot model that is easier to handle and easier to own. Based on the wave-splitting hull design of the popular 15.5, the new 13.5 is just as sea worthy but in a smaller package.

The 13.5 will offer the same great features and option as the 15.5, but easier to handle and easier to manage. Anglers will get a seat that moves fore and aft to balance the load, gear tracks in smart places, large open cockpit and hatches that hold fishing rods or camping gear. The hull is designed for open water and long distance but is just as at home on inshore water or small lakes and ponds.

A 13.5-foot boat is easier to load, transport and store. It is also easier to handle and maneuver but loses little in tracking and speed. Paddling the Kraken 13.5, we found the boat to be a great all-around performer. Easy to turn and easy to paddle and easy to keep on course but stable enough to stand and fish with confidence.

The Kraken 13.5 is a serious fishing machine and trim packages include the J-Krate and other accessories that making fishing more fun. Whether you get a Kraken and customize it yourself or purchase a ready-to-fish model of the showroom floor, the Kraken 13.5 is at home on any water and under any angler.

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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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