Better by Design; Bonafide Kayaks

Better by Design; Bonafide Kayaks

New to the market, Bonafide Kayaks. If you were in the New Product Showcase Room at this year’s ICAST, it would be difficult in my opinion to miss the fact that the new Bonafide Kayak is superior.

Many of you will recognize this fun loving guy. He’s Chad Hoover, the fishing expert from The Kayak Basin Show.

It was fantastic listening to Hoover explain the features of his new Bonafide Kayak. Seeing is believing, couple that with the passion of a great designer, and it was enjoyable to watch members of the Kayak Community respond to Hoover as he described his new vessel. 

When it comes to Kayak Design, Bonafide has thrown the book out the window. While staying true to efficient manufacturing, this team has re-thought everything that has come before.


The front hatch with rubberized latches opens from both the front and the back. This allows you to access the hatch while fishing and also store up to 6 rods within the Kayak’s interior thanks to the dual latching system.

The kayak’s interior has slotted foam on each side that nestles 3 rods per side, 6 total.

Bungee straps and fishing hooks don’t mix well. Bonafide knows this, they have the Boss Strap.

The top of the hatch has channels. There is another channel between the hatch cover and the gunwales on each side of the boat. Slide your paddle under the Boss Strap and place the handle in the hatch lid’s center channel. To the left and right there are four more channels, and two more on the sides of the hatch. These slots are for rods and also work in concert with the ribbed Boss Strap.

The battery compartment and the attached sonar unit platform detach from the kayak. This provides a higher level of security for the sonar when you have to step away from your boat. You can take it with you or lock it up in your vehicle. The transducer port protects the transducer puck from contact between the kayak bottom and land.

The adjustable seat and brackets are designed to allow the angler while fishing change the chair’s position. There are 3 low options and 1 high option.

Below the seat you have a sliding tray that comes with a removable net cover, cover not shown.  The leading edge of the box has half circle channels that manage rod butts.

There is traction foam throughout this boat that not only provides a non-slip surface; it also absorbs shock and vibration providing stealth for the angler.

There are several tracks throughout the cockpit area of the Bonafide Kayak, These tracks offer the freedom to mount a broad range of equipment, providing easy customization.

The rear cargo area allows for a crate and a cooler or any combination that suits your needs. The bungee system allows your crate to remain secure and provides uninhibited access to the interior of the crate.

Remove this cover, and you have easy access to mount transom equipment, such as a Power-Pole Micro.

The engineering that has gone into Bonafide provides anglers with superior Kayak solutions. Bonafide = genuine, the real deal, authentic…Learn more at

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