ATAK 120 WITH HELIX MD MOTOR DRIVE
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