Checked out a Pelican this morning

Stopped by Tractor Supply for pet food and they had several of what I’ve come to think of the brand, short and wide.
But, they had a RAMX SOT that by comparison was sleek. It was 12’ and appeared to have a good seat.
It was $499 and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for a beginner to try.

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Honestly compared to some of the other options out there, the Pelicans really aren’t all that bad. I’d take one of those any day over some of the junk I see out on the rivers here. 8’ sit insides that can barely hold a small adult, SOTs that sink due to poorly designed hatches, etc etc.


Im not a boat snob. There is a lot to like about the new pelican boats, especially the sots, they are about the same speed as my shorter ww kayaks. They track well and turning was better than expected. The seats are improving. What you dont want to do is cover distance. They will wear you out, or take them places where you will abuse them. In other words, they dont meet my needs but they do for many folks…and the price is right.