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NuCanoe Classic 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
NuCanoe
Model:
Classic
MSRP ($):
889.00
Length (ft):
12

The NuCanoe "Classic 12" is a stable, maneuverable, and versatile hybrid boat, built on a wide v-hull that can accommodate up to three people. Like all NuCanoe offerings, the Classic 12 is capable of numerous configurations.

Features:
  • (2) Multi Seat Bases
  • Comfortable carry handles
  • Square transom for adding an electric trolling motor
  • Removable seat(s)
  • Sealed Hull design provides high internal floatation and allows the NuCanoe to float even if capsized or full of water

Specs:

  • Width: 41"
  • Weight: 77 lbs
  • Height: 12-17"
  • Draft 4" at 250lbs./ 6" at 500 lbs
  • Capacity: 650 lbs

Photos

Paddling the NuCanoe
Easy to manuver on the large open deck
Small hybrid caught on the NuCanoe

Editor review

After featuring an article about their fishing kayak, I was contacted by NuCanoe's Director of Business Development Blake Young. He asked us if we wanted to put their kayak through it's paces, and of course I said yes. It was shipped to a shipping hub here in Louisville, KY and actually the first time I looked at this kayak-it was HUGE!

I’ve had this kayak on the water over a dozen times and I have to be very honest when I say that this kayak has become my favorite kayak to fish from. It allows me to stand almost non-stop and to move around the boat. Even when seated, the seat is elevated and is on a swivel so it’s extremely comfortable and easy to spin around and grab tackle or rods from the back of the boat.

Pros:
Most of the Pro’s to this boat have to do with its size and hull design. With a 42” beam and hard chines, this boat is ridiculously stable. It’s not uncommon to find me standing in the hull, on the deck, or in a Captain Morgan style stance with one foot on the hull and the other on the deck.

The seating position in this boat is very similar to that of a canoe. So you are raised off of the hull, sitting in a very regular seated position. This position makes it very easy to stand from. And with the angler package, it makes this one of the most comfortable seats on the market.

This boat really surprised me with its ability to maneuver in skinny water. I really thought that with its width it would feel and act cumbersome. I have not found that to be the case at all. It does not have a keel, so that obviously makes it better for this type of fishing.

It has a TON of space to store gear.

One of the coolest aspects of this boat is that you can do a deep-water re-entry. That’s due to the low profile and wide beam of this boat.

Cons:
Obviously with a boat this size weight is going to be an issue. This boat weighs in at 77lbs for the 12’ model. It is still light enough that I can pick it up and load it on top of my jeep. And they do make a cart that assist you in loading it on your vehicle.

The 42" beam is a bit too large to load on top of some vehicles that have a tapered roof.

There are no built in cup holders or storage compartments.

It does not have scupper plugs so it is not self bailing.

Interesting points:
They recommend using a 270cm Paddle
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
1.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
adam hayes Reviewed by adam hayes May 13, 2013
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TON of space to store gear

After featuring an article about their fishing kayak, I was contacted by NuCanoe's Director of Business Development Blake Young. He asked us if we wanted to put their kayak through it's paces, and of course I said yes. It was shipped to a shipping hub here in Louisville, KY and actually the first time I looked at this kayak-it was HUGE!

I’ve had this kayak on the water over a dozen times and I have to be very honest when I say that this kayak has become my favorite kayak to fish from. It allows me to stand almost non-stop and to move around the boat. Even when seated, the seat is elevated and is on a swivel so it’s extremely comfortable and easy to spin around and grab tackle or rods from the back of the boat.

Pros:
Most of the Pro’s to this boat have to do with its size and hull design. With a 42” beam and hard chines, this boat is ridiculously stable. It’s not uncommon to find me standing in the hull, on the deck, or in a Captain Morgan style stance with one foot on the hull and the other on the deck.

The seating position in this boat is very similar to that of a canoe. So you are raised off of the hull, sitting in a very regular seated position. This position makes it very easy to stand from. And with the angler package, it makes this one of the most comfortable seats on the market.

This boat really surprised me with its ability to maneuver in skinny water. I really thought that with its width it would feel and act cumbersome. I have not found that to be the case at all. It does not have a keel, so that obviously makes it better for this type of fishing.

It has a TON of space to store gear.

One of the coolest aspects of this boat is that you can do a deep-water re-entry. That’s due to the low profile and wide beam of this boat.

Cons:
Obviously with a boat this size weight is going to be an issue. This boat weighs in at 77lbs for the 12’ model. It is still light enough that I can pick it up and load it on top of my jeep. And they do make a cart that assist you in loading it on your vehicle.

The 42" beam is a bit too large to load on top of some vehicles that have a tapered roof.

There are no built in cup holders or storage compartments.

It does not have scupper plugs so it is not self bailing.

Interesting points:
They recommend using a 270cm Paddle

Easy to manuver on the large open deck
Small hybrid caught on the NuCanoe
Paddling the NuCanoe
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Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.0  (2)
Stability 
 
4.5  (2)
Durability 
 
5.0  (2)
Features 
 
4.0  (2)
Value 
 
4.5  (2)
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I have had my 12ft Nucanoe Classic for well over a year now and am very happy with it.

When I started researching the company, it was apparent they had developed a staunch following of avid customers. Never was this more obvious than a peruse of the nucanoe forum. It is abound with Nucanoe loyalists who have no reservations of sharing their mod's, fishing techniques and pictures with other kayak fanatics. I can confirm that many of the nucanoe forum participants can also be found on this website!!


I primarily fish in small to medium size ponds and reservoirs here in Connecticut, and I believe these bodies of water are very suitable for the Nucanoe.

The Nucanoe has an open deck, which is fantastic for those who love to dabble with mod'ing their yak, and it is also good for those who like to keep their gear to a minimum.

In slow moving waters, standing and fishing is not an issue. And the addition of a boat seat will make it even easier.

However, I did have difficulty paddling in larger waters, which you often find in Northwestern CT.

The pros of the Nucanoe are a wonderful company forum, open deck, stability, ability to mod, and ease of transport in a pick up bed.

The cons are lack of speed and lack of rod holders included with the price.
Also, I did have difficulty paddling in larger waters, which you often find in Northwestern CT.

A kayak cart is a must, especially if your launch is far away from the parking lot. This kayak is not meant to be carried by one person, due to its width.

The Nucanoe is my foray into kayak fishing and I couldnt be happier. Now if only the snow in dreaded Connecticut would stop, I could take it out again.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Pete Reviewed by Pete February 03, 2014
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Nucanoe Classic 12ft, one year review

I have had my 12ft Nucanoe Classic for well over a year now and am very happy with it.

When I started researching the company, it was apparent they had developed a staunch following of avid customers. Never was this more obvious than a peruse of the nucanoe forum. It is abound with Nucanoe loyalists who have no reservations of sharing their mod's, fishing techniques and pictures with other kayak fanatics. I can confirm that many of the nucanoe forum participants can also be found on this website!!


I primarily fish in small to medium size ponds and reservoirs here in Connecticut, and I believe these bodies of water are very suitable for the Nucanoe.

The Nucanoe has an open deck, which is fantastic for those who love to dabble with mod'ing their yak, and it is also good for those who like to keep their gear to a minimum.

In slow moving waters, standing and fishing is not an issue. And the addition of a boat seat will make it even easier.

However, I did have difficulty paddling in larger waters, which you often find in Northwestern CT.

The pros of the Nucanoe are a wonderful company forum, open deck, stability, ability to mod, and ease of transport in a pick up bed.

The cons are lack of speed and lack of rod holders included with the price.
Also, I did have difficulty paddling in larger waters, which you often find in Northwestern CT.

A kayak cart is a must, especially if your launch is far away from the parking lot. This kayak is not meant to be carried by one person, due to its width.

The Nucanoe is my foray into kayak fishing and I couldnt be happier. Now if only the snow in dreaded Connecticut would stop, I could take it out again.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
stability, room for gear
Cons:
paddling speed, lack of standard accessories
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I have own the NuCanoe Classic 12 for almost 2 years now and absolutely love this fishing platform. It's wide open deck allows anglers to customize the kayak to fit different fishing styles and configurations. What sold me on this kayak is the ability to rig it for one or two people easily. I have actually taking both of my pre-teen daughters out in it with room to still fish. Although it does not have scuppers it runs much dryer than other kayaks I have paddled and have seen. I also carry a battery portable bilge that I have used when fishing salt water back bays.
I have found for myself that it is nearly impossible to tip although it does rock until the sides hit the water and it stabilizes. I have not done well standing but I am a big guy and I have not missed it much. I have a big comfortable swivel seat that is easy to stay in all day.
As for speed, while it is slower than most kayaks, it is not nearly as slow as you may think. I belong to a kayak fishing club and get comments from the other guys how surprised they are that I it keeps up with them decently. I guess it may be an issue on a really long paddle but for most fishing trips it works just fine.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Mark Savidge Reviewed by Mark Savidge May 31, 2013
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NuCanoe Classic 12 review

I have own the NuCanoe Classic 12 for almost 2 years now and absolutely love this fishing platform. It's wide open deck allows anglers to customize the kayak to fit different fishing styles and configurations. What sold me on this kayak is the ability to rig it for one or two people easily. I have actually taking both of my pre-teen daughters out in it with room to still fish. Although it does not have scuppers it runs much dryer than other kayaks I have paddled and have seen. I also carry a battery portable bilge that I have used when fishing salt water back bays.
I have found for myself that it is nearly impossible to tip although it does rock until the sides hit the water and it stabilizes. I have not done well standing but I am a big guy and I have not missed it much. I have a big comfortable swivel seat that is easy to stay in all day.
As for speed, while it is slower than most kayaks, it is not nearly as slow as you may think. I belong to a kayak fishing club and get comments from the other guys how surprised they are that I it keeps up with them decently. I guess it may be an issue on a really long paddle but for most fishing trips it works just fine.

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