The Outdoor Retailer show is happening this week and we are starting to see/hear a lot more about what is being offered from Jackson Kayak next year. We knew they planned to introduce four new kayaks – two being the Kraken and the Realtree Kilroy – which were featured on the site last week. The other two I’ll talk about this week. One is a boat that is sure to excite the river crowd, but has my interest peaked for inshore use as well, that’s the Coosa HD. I really enjoyed the old Coosa, had one for a couple years, it was the best river boat I’ve ever been in. It wasn’t the boat you want for inshore fishing though and when the Cuda came out it was an easy decision to make the switch. But seeing the new Coosa HD has me rethinking that logic.
Mainly because this new Coosa will be 4-6″ longer than the last and that center console you see is removable and opens up to a flat deck – standing room galore. Other features/tweaks include better tracking, multiple seating positions, tweaks to the JK Elite seat, twin camera mounts in the rear, YakAttack rails all around, a molded rear handle, a bungee-less hinged front hatch, the tube style rod tip protection you find on the Big Rig, plus it is Powerpole ready. Looking at the top view I can see why some folks are dubbing this the Big Rig Jr. That’s a ton of features packed into a 12′ boat. Drew did a short walkthrough on the boat at the OR demo day, check it out:
It is still just a prototype for now, so things can change, but I’m pretty excited about this boat. For more on the Coosa HD, check out this Kayak Fish article.
Update (02-26-15) – Now that the Coosa HD is shipping a new walk through video has been produced. It is worth a look if you are considering this boat: