Rated 4 out of 5 by BLS1LIFE Needs a drain plug
First kayak I ever purchased. I love everything about this kayak and especially love the "Bradley Blue" color. I only wish it had a drain plug as tipping it does not remove all of the water and sand that accumulates from stepping in from the sandy beach. This kayak tracks well and I am very happy I chose a 12' kayak. I will be adding a drain plug.
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lLLocal Manatee 12 deluxe
Although I just recently purchased this kayak, it already feels right at home. Easy to navigate with, feels very stable and solidly built. Looking forward to many years of happy kayaking.
October 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bucc4451 Great Fishing Kayak
I started out with the 10' Manatee, which was very comfortable and stable for fly fishing but it didn't track as well as I would have liked. No problem. I was able to return it without any hassle. Then I bought the 12' version. I was a little worried about the extra ten pounds. Shouldn't have been. Easily goes on my car's roof rack or I can just throw in the back of my pickup. And I bought the collapsible dolly if I need to haul it a long way. I am 6'2" and 205 lbs.
It is a very good platform for fly fishing lakes and slow rivers. I haven't tried it out on any but flat water yet. The hull shape is different than the 10' (a little narrower). It tracks really well. Very easy to paddle and still retains stability. The paddle locker is a plus.
Seat adjustability, shape and padding is very comfortable. There's room between the seat and aft bulkhead to store an easy-to-reach dry bag for lunches, gear, etc.
I have since added an anchor trolley and the Harmony console. Makes it near perfect for a day on the water. I do wish it had a more easily removed hatch cover. But for the price, you can't have everything.
Did I mention that it's designed to add a rudder assembly?
Overall, a ten. I would do it again.
May 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishforever My first kayak
I have never kayaked in my life. I did my research on what I wanted, spoke to LL BEAN technical people, freinds, went on the internet LL BEAN site and looked at the reviews, and also spoke with the kayak department employees at the kayak and canoe center. I finally decided on the 12' Manatee Deluxe Solo. I bought the paddles and cockpit cover separately. I wanted stability and good tracking over speed and I got exactly what I wanted. I'm so delighted with this kayak I'm almost giddy. The cockpit is big so I get in & out very easily, the seat back is adjustable, the seat is very comfortable so I can paddle & fish for 5 hours or more without feeling tired, the side foam pads provide comfort when I raise my knees & rest them on the sides, the back storage is waterproof for a jacket or clothing requiring dryness, and the adjustable feet rest, adjustable from the drivers seat, are great when paddling. I've gone kayaking and fishing 6 times so far and I just love this kayak. I've had it in calm water to just under 15 mph with no problems and it tracks well against the current in rivers as the Presumpscott, and the Saco. I have since bought the Harmony Kayak counsel and a Scotty rod holder that made my kayak ready for fishing.
September 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by kwesterhaus Perfect for taking my little dog along
I mainly purchased this kayak because I wanted the extra room in the cockpit so my little dog could go along. This is perfect. There is plenty of room for both of us to move around and still be comfortable. The seat is adjustable as well as the foot pegs. The bulkhead is great for storing a kayak cart or any other items you want to take along.
The kayak is very stable, well built, tracks straight, and isn't too heavy to move around. Perception makes this kayak for LL Bean but it still has the LL Bean quality you have come to expect. I am considering purchasing another kayak so I have one for my friends to use, if I do it will be another Manatee Deluxe 12'.
July 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by OffshoreBoater manatee 12
Great value when purchased during the 2 day sale. Had a chance to use this last weekend and it performed as expected. All in all very satisfied.
May 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by nemasket Good Product
I am very happy with the 12 foot Manatee kayak. It's reasonably light, easy to handle and tracks well. It feels MUCH LESS stable than the Manatee ten foot when entering and exiting.
October 3, 2011