Welcome to the Old Town Sportsman 106 Powered by Minn Kota Review
Ok, the name is kind of a mouthful, but it’s only because Old Town makes a non-motorized paddle version of this boat. I have only used the motorized version, so this review is for that version. This is my first motorized kayak, but I’ve spent quite a bit of time learning how the motor works, but now I am confident I can review this kayak properly! Ok, let’s get this review started…
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Old Town Sportsman 106
Trolling Motor that is Salt Water Ready. Multiple cruise speed controls (max speed ~4mph for me)
Stable. 37 Inch Width and its only 10ft 6inches long!
Super responsive controls with phone app remote support
Weighs 75lbs, pretty light for this type of kayak
1 storage port
My Battery lasts for ~20hours (105 Amp/Hours battery)
The battery life button tells you how much life is left
Great comfortable chair
Rudder control just fine, throttle control on the right
Lots of small built-in pockets along the edges
Accessible rod holders
Old Town Sportsman 106
This thing is incredibly stable and great for long mileage fishing trips! It has plenty of power to bring along lots of gear (supports up to 390 lbs). If you have things hanging in the water it does alter the maneuverability (like a bait bucket, or floating bag). The kayak has a kill switch attached to you, so don’t worry about it taking off after you fall out!
It maneuvers super smooth. You can stand up fish while the Kayak is cruising! When first using a motorized kayak it can sometimes be hard to get all hands free to do what you usually do, but you quickly get used to it. The motor goes in both directions (for me it is slower to reverse). The throttle locks off when it’s not being used so you can easily tell which way it is going, and whether it’s on or off.
The Sportsman 106 MK turns great! The rudder controls like most kayaks, and you never feel like you might fall off while turning. I couldn’t even get it to flip when I tried to! Super stable and a super dependable kayak. I would suggest it to anyone with an injury in their arm or leg. Or anyone that doesn’t want to paddle or pedal. And to people who go on long, long-distance trips to multiple fishing sites, it’s a really great all-day kayak.
If you don’t want to paddle or pedal, or you go for long fishing trips with multiple fishing sites, this is the boat for you. If this doesn’t sound like the boat for you, you can check out other stand up fishing kayaks on my review list here.