The Wilderness Systems Commander 120 Angler
Tested July 2010
Fear no fish. The Commander dominates flatwater fishing holes due to its innovative, next-gen design. This is a 'yakanoe,' a spacious and dry canoe-like hull designed to be used with a double-bladed kayak paddle.
It's a superior sporting platform-duck hunters take note-that offers a tremendous carrying capacity, rock-solid stability, and nearly unmatched freedom of movement within the boat. There's even a storage well of sorts. The Commander offers a lot of features to like, particularly the brilliant multiple seating options. The integrated Freedom Elite Seating System is as adjustable and comfy as they come, and is even removable for shore-side use. But its best trick is folding up and sliding out of the way beneath the bulkhead that supports a unique elevated perch. Wilderness Systems dubs it the Captain's Seat and rightly so, as it offers a commanding view.
Angler-oriented goodies include dual flush-mount rod holders aft and the all-around excellence of the SlideTrax Universal Mounting System. This ultra-flexible track system runs the length of the hull on either side. Two more rails top off the gunwales up front. They accept a wide variety of catchy accoutrements, starting with the included anchor trolley, a universal mounting plate and a Scotty rod holder. Simply beautiful. C&K's test crew also admires the sacrificial skid plate that protects the stern from scratches and gouges-other manufacturers should follow suit. Used as intended-lacking scuppers, this is not an open-ocean boat-the Commander is a winner.
WILDERNESS SYSTEMS COMMANDER 120 ANGLER
($1,195 in roto-molded plastic; $1,420 with rudder,
wildernesssystems.com) L: 12'; W: 30"; 68 lbs., 400-lb. capacity