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Jackson Kayak "Cuda 12"

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Jackson Kayak Cuda 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Jackson Kayak
Model:
Cuda
MSRP ($):
1,199.00
Length (ft):
12.5

Taking cues from the its bigger brother, the “Cuda 12” brings the speed and tracking of the Cuda 14 and puts it all into a smaller package. Being a smaller kayak makes it more adept at navigating smaller rivers, pond, and bays, while keeping all the excellent features like rod storage, tackle organization, speed, and stability of the bigger kayak.

Features:

  • Elite Hi/Lo Seat
  • Bow and stern hatches
  • Day hatch for accessories
  • Rudder and non-rudder versions
  • Rod stagers and flush mount rod holders
  • Tackle storage under seat
  • Replaceable skid plate on keel

 Specs:

  • Width: 31″
  • Height: 14″
  • Weight: 74 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs

 

Photos

Paddling the Jackson Cuda 12
Fishing from the Jackson Cuda 12
Standing cast from the Jackson Kayak Cuda 12
Ultra Stable

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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Great kayak

This cuda 12 is my second kayak and I have to say overall I am pleased. Its a 2014 that I bought second hand, the thing was hardly used. Like new!

Let me start off by saying Jackson did some home work ! All the molding done with this boat is something I have used over and over and over. The storage and features on this boat are amazing. Everything is nice and tidy and my fishing area is clean, no tackle box or clutter in my way! Not to mention the way you can clip your rod & reel to the side/bottom of your seat! Very very handy.

The center hatch! I can't express my love for the center hatch! You can shove all kinda of gear in there, I mean all kinds of gear! The tub is great, just pop in your tackle trays and boom, done. shut the cover and go.

The tankwell area was really done nicely. Bungees everywhere. The two slots for tackle are in the best spot possible for me, I can still grab them on the water.

The boat does get up to speed with ease and it turns pretty sharp. I can turn it into a position I need with one hand while I am working on landing a fish, reeling in, etc.

You can stand in this boat but so far I have not tried. The seat in the high position make it feel unstable for me. I am 6' and 210 and I feel like that is the reason. I do have great balance so when it warms up more I think ill give it a shot. Put the seat in the low position and it feels pretty solid.

Speed for me it feels a little sluggish. Its hard for me to rate this accurately as I have yet to get into what is considered a fast kayak. Like I said before, it gets up to speed easily, just top end feels slow to me.

Overall this is an amazing kayak. This is my first jackson kayak and it will not be my last.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Features, what can I say, jackson did work on finding out how to make these kayaks " usable "
Cons:
A little slower to paddle than I was lead to believe
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4.4
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4.0

Great all around boat!!!

This is the first kayak that I have owned. I spent all last summer, fishing 4-5 days/week and absolutely loved it. It handled great on the bigger reservoirs and small ponds that I fished. I was initially going to go with a Big Rig, which I also love, but the fact that this was much easier to throw in the back of my truck is what sold me on it. After all, I wanted a kayak to simplify my life over taking a trailer everywhere I went, and having to maintain it. While I'm a little awkward, and didn't stand to fish (getting a Coosa HD this year, for that), I never felt nervous about tipping. In fact, I never took the seat out of the high position, and didn't have an issue pulling in my 25 lb cat in the middle of the lake. I recommend this boat for just about anyone. While it's a little more wobbly than some of the other boats I enjoy, it's not enough to make me nervous. Also, it's a great fast boat, that comes set up to fish all day long, straight from the factory. The comfort of the seat also allows for all day trips, which is a big plus, considering the distance I have to go to get to many of my spots.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
comfort, speed, accessories
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3.8
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0

I like it

Let me preface this by saying that I have only been out with this yak about 10 times or so...I can't speak for durablity - I gave it four stars because it *seems* to be pretty tough. Time will tell, I guess.

This yak is definitely not as fast or as stable as I thought it would be. The speed is no real issue, but I would have really liked to stand up in it with ease - I *can* stand up in it, but it is akin to watching a baby chimpanzee take his first steps - ugly...not cute, like it sounds. Perhaps this is because it is my first sit-on-top, but I am a fairly agile individual, and standing is precarious, at best - if there is any current whatsoever, I can't see how anyone could stand and fish in this one.

I have read that people have issues with the rod holders in the back; they are no problem for me, nor is the gear track mounted holder - I don't think it's that difficult to reach. Flush rod holders might be a good option, but I don't find it tough to use them at all. I have put a 7'6" spinning rod in the rear holders with zero problems. The tubes do seem a little short, but I haven't lost a rig yet.

The seat is great, but as with any seat, sitting in one position for hours on end is going to wear on you. This is when I generally stand up for a second or two - to get the blood flowing again, and then sit back down.

What I would like to see on this yak:

- drain plugs on either bow or stern or both
- larger hatch lids - I know they had to "save space", but they could be
larger
- better vertical paddle holders
- integrated anchor trolley
- lose those outside "ridges" in the afterdeck storage area right behind the
seat - they just seem to take up space and don't really add anything to
the functionality

Overall I do like the functionality of the boat, but standing up and fishing, especially if there is any current at all, is all but impossible. It is a tad pricey, but in it's class, the features and the graduated three-year warranty are certainly best in class. I would recommend it....used!

-EGS

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Overall rating 
 
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4.0

Jackson Cuda 12

Overall very comfortable kayak for those longer days in the kayak. Very stable and can get into back waters very easy. Storage area is adequate. Easy to add accessories.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very fast and stable kayak!
Cons:
Console lid does not fit tight
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4.8
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5.0

2014 Cuda 12 - Great all purpose kayak

I bought my 2014 Cuda in March of this year. What a great purchase. After reading article after article, talking to many more experienced yakker's, and demoing countless models I settled on the Cuda 12 based upon my needs of fishing in rivers, large and small lakes, and eventually a little inshore and gulf fishing.

First, I'll start with the seat, which was #1 on my list. I have a herniated disk, so sitting for any extended amount of time is dreadful. I can sit in this seat for at least 6 hours (that's my longest so far) probably more. Being able to have the seat in hi/lo positions is great too. I haven't decided which position I like the best yet, both positions are very comfortable for me. From the seat access the center hatch now that they created the new hatch design is great. I can just twist the lid thing off and get to the center area. The lumbar support is a great add on. I can feel the difference with it.

Storage is phenomenal on this thing. I have a C-Tug to pull this yak down to the water. The whees on the C-Tug are too large to fit in the bow and stern holes, but they fit in the center hatch with ease. I throw everything in the hull, C-Tug, poles, jackets, dry bags, etc.. I haven't come up short on space yet.

The rod stagers are great, I normall throw my poles in the YakAttack Blackpack holders, but if I need them closer to me I just throw them in the rod stagers and they are out of my way until I need them, but close enough I can crab them quickly.

Its not the fastest yak out there, but I'm not trying to paddle 10 miles to get to my fishing holes, at least not yet. What is does is cruises very well, stays on plane. If I need to get somewhere in a hurry it'll get there.

Stability is also great! I've never fished in a kayak before, but I was able to stand up with ease thanks to he stand assist strap. The yak was stable enough for me to make a few casts and lean a little from side to side to get the feel of how stable it was.

If you're looking for a great all around kayak that can fish just about anywhere you take it. This is one of the best out there. No need to spend a whole lot of extra money to rig it. It comes well equipped to keep you happy until you figure out what you want to add.

One thing to note is the carry handles are not the best. when you pick it up it leans to either side and feels like my stuff is about to fall out. Even empty it tilts, which I don't like. If you plan on carrying this thing you better be in shape, at 70+ pounds... good thing I have a teenager to help lift it. :)

Great yak overall. I'll keep this one for a long time.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Features, Storage, Color, Coolness Factor, The seat
Cons:
Weight, carry handles
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