old town has been building canoes and kayaks in Maine for more than 100 years, but this is its first model with pedals. Old Town took its sport-utility Predator and redesigned the cockpit, seat, and hull to accommodate a bicycle-style pedal system that it calls PDL Drive. Old Town worked with its pro team to configure the seat, pedals, and drive for comfort and efficiency. Tip the pedals up, and the lower unit fits into a recess in the deck so it’s out of the way when you’re launching the boat or fishing in skinny water. With the pedals down, a gear pod fills the recess to create a reinforced deck for standup fishing. Below the waterline, the tri-hull design moves water away from the keel for rock-solid stability while maintaining efficiency to cover long distances. On the ocean, the Predator rolled and sliced through big seas. In the shallows, the PDL Drive quickly retracted, and could be paddled with ease. Since each angler has unique rigging needs, the Predator doesn’t come with rod holders. Instead, the boat is outfitted with six removable accessory plates, which makes it easy to install aftermarket rod holders, electronics, and other gadgets without drilling into the hull. We all liked the oversize knobs that control the rudder. The Predator is one of the best all-around pedal boats on the market.
score: 90.2 website: predatorkayak.com price: $2,799