The paddling ninjas at my local outfitter, Outside World in Columbus, GA did me a solid favor by letting my son Ethan put the first slime on their demo boat. Turns out it was in the new desert camo that is sure to be a hit this year. I know for one young man it was hit enough that we put his “Cuda 14” up for sale so he could order a new boat in that color. (I may not win “Dad of the Year” but I better dang well get a nomination for it!)
The changes we noticed and liked for this year will be beneficial for anyone who loves this fishing machine. The handles are solid - no more cloth covered handles that seemed to seek out treble hooks at the worst possible moment. The new Elite seat has a slight curve to the back of it. I have not had an issue with comfort in mine yet, but this may help for those who have had issues with the straighter bar on the top of the seat. The 2013s are coming with RAM® mount rod holders in them, and the one in the front footwell was a welcome addition in the demo boat. They are also GoPro® ready, and I am really looking forward to seeing what potential that has for fishing and whitewater trips down the Coosa River in Wetumpka, AL.
The rod stagers on the front hatch lid have grown from last year’s models, and will secure a rod from sliding back and forth without modification like some folks have done in the past. The hatch lid itself is my favorite change for 2013. Instead of opening back toward the paddler, Jackson has moved the hinge to the front so it opens with the cavernous nose hatch in simple reach. For a photographer who is used to running a rapid, shinnying out to the hatch, grabbing a camera for a shot then putting everything up to repeat again, this is a WONDERFUL change.
I cannot wait to get my hands on my own 2013 Jackson Coosa! Now to decide on the color…