The Kore Stool

Many of you know that I race big sailboats. I also race small radio controlled sailboats called RC Lasers. On a regular basis, people who see the RC Laser comment on how well thought out the design of the boat is and how something seemingly complicated could be simplified enough and still be very competitive on the race course.

Well, Jon Elmaleh, the guy who build the RC Laser sailboat, started working on a stool design many years before he built the boat. The wooden versions of these stools were sold in the MoMa store for several years starting in 1999. (I want one!) I’ve searched high and low and can’t a wooden version for sale anywhere. The stool is now more industrial looking and made of mostly metal parts with a padded seat top.

I have a Kore Stool with the faux leather covered seat. Seat covers come in black fabric or vinyl. The stool comes in one small box and packed as three pieces. No tools are needed to put it together. Basically, you just sit the bottom on the floor, insert the adjustable seat post and place the seat on top. When you sit on it, they lock together and you are ready to work. The seat post adjusts the top of the seat between 18″ and 25″.

So, bottom line is that the Kore Stool is a simple, comfortable seat, well built and worth the price. Go check out korestool.com and read all about the benefits to your back and neck if you sit a lot during the day. The site has the full specs, photos and a video. You can find the Kore Stool in many places online with free shipping for $99.

Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Solo Fly Fishing Kayak

From Carp on the Fly

The Ultimate 14.5 Solo (in Camo of course) from Native Watercraft is a kayak designed for the fly fisherman. You can stand up in it. Seriously! Only the best!

This photo is of my Ultimate 12.

Native Watercraft puts out one amazing line of boats for fishing.

I have the Multisport version of the Ultimate 14.5 with the “Propel” pedal-powered motor. It is a sit-inside as opposed to a sit-on-top kayak. You can easily stand and fish. Mine has the rudder package installed which makes it easy to track when it is really windy. I’ve added all of the features from the Angler’s package separately (rod holders, anchor trolley, etc.). I also added a color fish finder, spray skirts on the stern and bow as well as a Yak Attack visibility pole with light and flag.

I really love the Ultimate 14.5 Propel and I probably should give it a four star rating but I’ll tell you about the Ultimate 12 which I already know deserves five stars!

After using the 14.5 Propel for a year, I decided to buy a second kayak (you know, for Tracy) and now she has the Ultimate 12 (the camo colored one, of course) without the Propel system.

I went with a 12 ft. version for the second boat rather than the 14.5 for a few reasons:

  1. I already had a 14.5 ft. version. If I was only going to own one, I would buy the Ultimate 14.5 Solo.
  2. Sometimes you just want to go get out on the water by yourself without anyone helping get the yak off the top of the truck and the 14.5 is approaching “too heavy” for one person. At about 65 lbs., I can lift it by myself but I can see that it would be much easier if it were the U12 and 10 lbs. lighter. I haven’t really needed the additional speed or space that the 14.5 affords for the waters that I fish.
  3. The propel unit (pedals on a trolling motor – very cool) is an amazing feature when you are sitting down, moving about and fishing at the same time. When you are standing and sight fishing, there is a lot of stuff between your feet to tangle a fly line. Most of the places I’ve fished recently have been without the Propel unit and I just poled or paddled.

In any case, this is an ingenious boat design and unbelievably stable for standing (and of course, sitting).

I highly recommend that you check out the Ultimate line of kayaks from Native Watercraft in person. Buy the Propel Multisport model if you just want to own the fanciest “pedal boat” around!