ATAK 120 WITH HELIX MD MOTOR DRIVE

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wilderness sys­tems part­nered with Ger­man elec­tric motor maker Torqueedo to de­sign a power plant that com­bines a lithium bat­tery and brush­less motor into a com­pact pack­age that will fit in seven of the com­pany’s boats. We tested the motor on Wildy’s new ATAK 120, which is a standup fish­ing spe­cial­ist. It features low-pro­file gun­nels, a nar­row beam that cuts through the wind and chop, and a broad, flat hull for standup sta­bil­ity. In the back­wa­ters, it mo­tored quickly to the fish­ing grounds, then pad­dled eas­ily through tree stumps and wind­falls. One of our fa­vorite features is the re­mote throt­tle con­trol with a dig­i­tal dis­play that shows speed, range, and bat­tery life. The throt­tle can be mounted any­where in the kayak, but we all liked hold­ing the throt­tle con­trol when mo­tor­ing, then chuck­ing it out of the way for fish­ing. Wilderness’ well­re­garded AirPro Max seat can be ad­justed for­ward, back, high, low, or re­clined. Best of all, the seat can be moved out of the way in or­der to find the boat’s most sta­ble sweet spot. The ATAK doesn’t come pre-rigged with rod hold­ers, but six gear tracks will se­cure a va­ri­ety of ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing a lean­ing post. The only down­side: The motor is dif­fi­cult to lift in shal­low wa­ter. On the wa­ter, it proved to be a com­pact, light­weight, and nim­ble fish­ing pack­age.

score: 91 website: wilder­nesssytems.com price: $3,649

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