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Cuda 14:

  • Length: 14’3″
  • Width: 30.5′
  • Height: 11″
  • Weight: 80lbs w/seat, 74lbs w/o seat
  • Elite Seat
  • Front Hatch Dimensions: 16 1/4″ x 11 3/8″
  • Rear Hatch Dimensions: 9 3/8″
  • Deck Riggings in Bow and Stern
  • Optional Peg Rudder
  • Footrest: Peg
  • Capacity: 400lbs

NOTE: scupper plugs can be purchased as an accessory and do not come standard with our fishing boats.

MSRP: $1469 – rudder ready, purchased separately (http://store.jacksonkayak.com/rudder-ready-kit-for-2015-cudas/)

98 Responses to Cuda 14 Specs

  1. Vernon Wagner says:

    Heads up when you launch the Cuda and Big Tuna – PLEASE

  2. wisyakman says:

    I got my preorder in woot, although they couldn’t give me any color options because they didn’t know what they would be, please don’t let it be pink, please don’t let it be pink.

  3. Mick says:


    Looking for a really good fishing kayak and was set on the Ocean Prowler until I came across this. Tell me what the major difference are if you know between the 2. Can I get this in Australia at all. What colours is it available in. What price is it in AUD if available.
    Please tell me more.
    Cheers Mick

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Mick, yes you can get the kayak in Australia. As far as which dealers carry it there right now we are adding dealers so they are not showing up on our dealer locator on the site yet. But, I know the folks on the forums at akff.net would know for sure where you can buy a Cuda. By the way, you will love this boat! It is definitely going to be a big hit down in your part of the world!

      The main differences in the Prowler and the Cuda are:

      1. Stability for standing – much better stability on the Cuda, as it is 1.5 inches wider and the deck standing area is wider as well giving you a more stable platform for standing
      2. Elite Hi/Lo Seat – The Cuda comes with an external frame seat that is very comfortable and even can be moved to a higher or lower position. Beyond the breakers you’ll want to be in the low position, but inshore in the calmer bays you’ll love the comfort of the high position. Also, the seat is removable so it doubles as a camp chair!
      3. Stern and center hatch – the stern and center hatch offer more storage and are made with a different seal that is tighter for those rough water conditions.
      4. Rod/Paddle Stagers – Cool paddle and rod stagers that can be turned into rod holders real easy by simply securing them with bungee.
      5. Tackle Stagers – Cool areas that fit your waterproof plastic tackle boxes for easy access.
      6. Removable skid plate – The keel of the boat has a removable skid plate so instead of buying a new boat when it wears thin, just replace the skid plate and you’re good to go for many more seasons.
      7. Rear Seat Pocket/Under Seat Pocket – Cool removable rear seat pocket and an under seat pocket for additional storage.

      There is much more but you get the idea, we thought this one out for a while and hopefully it shows!

  4. Ed C. says:

    Is the Cuda still in development or is it in production? If it is in production, why are there no pictures of the production version on the website? Thanks.

    • Clay Wright says:

      Still in development phase but finished and we’re just waiting on the final production version to post photos. Saw a proto out on the water last week and it looks great!


  5. Carl says:

    After much research, I was settled on getting a 2012 Coosa Elite, however I have also become interested Cuda. Aside from the measurement specs, what are the major differences, i.e. quantity of storage, stability, handling, etc.
    I am looking for a stable, stand up to cast fishing kayak with the capacity to carry camping equipment for a long weekend trip.
    Your comparison of these 2 will be appreciated.

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Well, I can answer this question easiest if you could tell us what “type” of water you’ll be fishing most? Rivers, lakes, ocean etc. Both kayaks have enough storage for the weekend trip but the main deciding factor will be “where” you fish most often. If it is flat water such as larger lakes, inshore or offshore ocean trips then the Cuda is your boat. If it is smaller ponds, lakes and rivers then the Coosa is the better option.

  6. krash says:

    Cut 20 pounds off that Cuda and I might be interested

  7. Xaylez Yang says:

    I cant wait to get this yak!

  8. Mike Miller says:

    Hey guys, You gotta get some more pics up of the Cuda. Nothing works on the 360 view. I would like to see a side view of the boat. Also, I thinks you need to show pics of the seat in high and low position. Finally, a pic with the cover off of the hatch between the footpegs so we can see what it looks like. Thanks, I look forward to seeing more of this boat so I can make sure of my decision and buy it! Could you also get a pic or two on the website of a boat with your camo patterns? Thanks, Mike

    • Emily Jackson says:

      Hey Mike!
      We have a photographer coming in 5 days to shoot everything- not to worry everything you mentioned is on the list! Thanks for the shot list, also…if on cuda you click the colors link- it will show you all the camo patters we offer:
      Emily Jackson

      • Mike Miller says:

        Thanks for the reply Emily, I can’t wait to see the pics! As far as the camo, I’ve seen the patterns you are talking about, I was suggesting having pics of actual boats in those patters because it is kind of hard to visualize from the little samples on your site. Great job on the Cuda, I think you guys knocked it out of the park with that boat! I have two friends who will probably buy one when they see mine.

  9. howard ebmeier says:

    I am attempting to decide between the coosa and cuda models. Fly fish mostly small lakes and rivers. The main concern is the lack of a rudder on the coosa model. Should that be a major factor?

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Howard, I wouldn’t let a non-rudder version stop you, especially since the drag chain system on the Coosa will keep you straight (and slowed down so you can fish) and does not have the potential to break as easy as a rudder might when bashed against rocks. If you learn how to use it properly you’ll see you don’t need a rudder in a river and it is only another thing to get hung on in the current. However, if you are fishing mostly calmer, flat water rivers to go along with your small lakes a Cuda with rudder could work fine as well. Also consider how easy or hard your access is. The Cuda weighs a little more, but if your access is easy then you should have no problem getting it to the water.

  10. Mika says:

    Hi Drew

    My question is that if you compare Cuda to your competitor Ride 135 is it as stable as Ride is. I like Cuda becouse many of it’s features, but the most important thing to me is how stable it is.

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Stability compared to the Ride 135 is fairly comprable considering how much wider the 135 is than the Cuda. Remember, the Cuda is only 29.75 inches wide to allow for the speed necessary for lakes and salt fishing. However, with the length being longer it still has more boat in the water giving it nearly as much stability as boats in the width range of the 135. We feel that is the perfect combination because there is almost no point in being stable if you can’t get to your destination, or at least get there fairly quick without wearing yourself out, and there is no point in being too fast either if you can’t stand and fish once you do get there! We worked long and hard on finding that perfect balance and feel the Cuda has it!

      • ben says:

        How does the cuda match up with the tarpon 160 in stability? I know the tarpon 160 is faster, but like you said, what does that matter if you can’t stand/pole from the boat once you get to your honey hole?! If they are close, thats one thing, but if the cuda is substantially more stable thats another.

        • Drew Gregory says:

          The Cuda should be more stable given the additional width, not to mention the flat area for standing, the higher seat position and the stand assist handle. The T-160 is a great boat for speed and offshore fishing, especially since standing isn’t necessary offshore.

  11. Kevin says:

    Hello I am 6ft 6in 300lbs yes a big boy. I am in the market for another kayak. to be honest its between the Native Ultimate 14.5, Ocean Kayak trident 15, or Cuda. I live in Maryland and troll fish for stripe bass in the Chesapeake Bay. We go from the Susquahanna Flats all the way out to the mouthe of the Bay into Atlantic Ocean. Tell me why the Cuda would be the choice for me. Also im worried about your 400lb capacities ounce outrigged with my stuff im pushing it to the limits of Cuda. Help me Guys i like your kayak but i’m worried.

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Kevin, remember capacity is one of those things that is very arbitrary in many respects. Once you push past 400lbs the boat will not sink all the sudden (and I know you know that) but its more like the performance might decline, ever so slightly. I don’t think it would decline enough to even notice even if you got it up to 450 or 475lbs. What other companies put as their capacity is up to them but we like to put the capacity where we feel the performance decline may start, not the ultimate max to where its basically a sunken log. If that were the case we could certainly list the capacity at 550lbs or so. We’d rather not have someone in the boat with that much weight and have them think that is the way the boat is supposed to paddle. Having said that we have folks in the Coosa that weigh 330lbs and love it! So, the Cuda has a higher capacity so it should be a winner for you, especially given how well it will handle the water in your area.

      With the external frame seat, hi/lo seating, rod tip protector, fly rod and large rod stagers/holders, tackle stagers/holders, paddle stager, removable skid plate, large center hatch, stable standing platform I can’t imagine a better craft for your neck of the woods!

      Hope this helps!

  12. Kevin says:

    I’M interested in the new Cuda. I am 6ft 6inch 300lbs and have done some kayak fishing before. My problem is the choice between a ocean kayak prowler 15t or Jackson kayak cuda. The weight capacity of the cuda is alarming at only 400lbs. The ocean kayaks have a 500 to 550lb weight capacity. I live on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and do alot of fishing and camping off the kayak. Since their is no dealership of Jackson Kayak near me I’m force to purchase one if convince its better off internet and hope for the best.So help me out with your product. Thanks Kevin.

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Kevin, weight capacity for kayaks are actually very arbitrary. They are one of those things that really don’t matter one bit, but what does is when you get in the kayak and test it yourself. If it performs with your weight (and gear) in it, then it performs. Some number at that point becomes irrelevant. Make sense? Manufacturers try to put something down just to show people about how much weight they think should be in it before you may lose some performance, but even if you go waaay over you may only lose 10% of performance which is not that much and probably not noticeable. I know the Cuda would hold your weight though because we have guys as big as 330lbs in the Coosa that love it and the Cuda has a higher weight capacity than the Coosa. Hope this helped and best of luck!

  13. Mark Vedder says:

    i just heard of jackson kayaks while fishing and watched the video on the coosa…very impressed. It seems to be way more of a fishing vessel than the native line? and what makes it better than the wilderness systems? I am just doing my research and now I found Jackson Kayaks, seems like the company I should go with. I recently moved to Florida and will be fishing mostly innercoastals and flats, but will have some long paddle trips to get to where I want. Coosa or Cuda?

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Mark, absolutely the Cuda is your boat! It was built with those intercoastals and flats in mind (as you can tell) so you will absolutely love it! As far as why it is better than a competitors, we just feel the ability to be a smaller, more nimble brand has allowed us the opportunity to do some very unique things on our boats. From our removable external frame seat that moves in two positions (high and low) to our unique rod tip cover, tackle stagers, paddle stagers, rod stagers, removable skid plate etc. we’ve gone very fishing specific and we’re proud that anglers have noticed this and appreciated the fact that these boats are made for them, right here in the USA as well.

  14. Moose says:

    I’m not currently a kayak angler, but my 2 sons (9 & 12) are, and I’m in the market for a big man’s kayak to go with them. I saw the Jackson Coosa at the Team Hardcore tourny on the Catawba in November and drooled over it, but it didn’t seem like it would be good for me.

    Is this a good candidate for a big man’s kayak? I’m about 6’8″ 330lbs, with about a 52″ OUTSEAM (distance from bottom of foot to end of butt). Would this guy fit me? Is the seat strong enough to support an outsized guy (you’d be suprised… I have to buy special “bag chairs” for camping/tailgating)?

    If so, how stable is it with the seat high and that kind of weight in the kayak.

    Thanks so much…

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Hey Moose! I’d try to demo one because I do know of one guy who is about your size (weighs 330lbs exactly) and loves the Coosa. However, the Cuda is great too and it has a slightly larger weight capacity so it may be worth trying as well. Try heading over to Great Outdoor Provision Center in Charlotte (if you’re in the Charlotte area) and taking their demo out for a spin. Or, if you arent in Charlotte check out our dealer locator on this site and find whoever is closest to you and just take their demo our for a test. Definitely start in the “low” position as far as the seat goes. I believe the seat is rated at 350lbs. However, I’d still be as easy on it as possible of course and I think it should be fine.

  15. Matthew Leslie says:

    I really like the Cuda and Coosa models that you guys offer but I am having a hard time choosing. I am 6’3″ 275 lb. I am looking for a kayak to take just about anywhere. At this time I’m leaning more toward the Cuda but am concerned about tight spots on small rivers and creeks. Also with that in mind, would a chain drag system work on the Cuda?

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Matt, this is a tough question because it really would help if you think hard about “where” you fish most often. If you are over 50% on rivers/creeks, go with the Coosa. We know folks that weight in the 330lb range that use it and love it! If you are over 50% on lakes or saltwater maybe go with the Cuda as it is a better craft for those type of waters. Hope this helps and my best guess is that you’ll get one and then when opportunity arises financially, you’ll get the other because when their powers combine there is no where you won’t be able to go with a boat that is a perfect fit!

  16. Max says:

    I have been researching kayaks for several days. A local dealer, who sells several brands, piqued my interest in the Coosa. I will use the boat mainly for fishing small lakes (50-300 acres) but also in small rivers in southern Indiana. What I like about the Coosa is the size and weight but I have read that while it is very stable it is also very slow and doesn’t track well. I think the Cuda would be better at tracking and speed but maybe the extra length and weight would be a problem. Would the Cuda be too long for these narrow rivers, streams and small lakes?

    • Drew Gregory says:

      I’d lean toward Coosa if you are in smaller bodies of water. Afterall, its not that the Coosa doesn’t track well, its just that it is intentionally maneuverable precisely for these smaller bodies of water. To help you stay straight when you need to is what the drag chain is for because it is not just used as a line on the bottom of the river but can also be let out to where it just hangs off the back of the kayak acting like a skeg of sorts. The speed is a trade off for stability. In these smaller lakes, ponds, rivers it is unlikely you’ll ever need speed for any reason. In a larger setting you would (in which case you get the Cuda) but in these smaller environments you’re usually fishing right when you put in without paddling to your destination or at least not real far. So, the beauty is once you put in you are ready to stand up and fish because it is so stable. Hope this helps!

  17. Jaz says:

    You guys have got to get the cuda shipped to outfitters, I am dying to get one…..lol! Please ship more, the faster the better esp Urban Camo ;)! I can’t wait to get my Cuda!

  18. Delaware Paddlesports says:

    People are loving the Cuda, it’s a GREAT Fishing Kayak. We have the Cuda and Coosa available to demo anytime. Look us up online if your interested. If you’re not close enough, we may even meet you 1/2 way.

  19. Doug says:

    Hello firstly i would like to say what great looking and well thought out kayak for the fisher person. Could you please tell me what the dimensions are for the main centre long hatch and the depth from the top to the bottom of kayak e.g mainly thinking of putting a Spannish mackerel in there hopefully???.I to was going to get a 4.3 prowler ultra but who knows now .

    Cheers from Australia Doug

    • Drew Gregory says:

      Doug, check out this guys photobucket album. He is a long time Jackson Kayak fan and always gets one of the first boats off the line and takes photos with a measuring tape of the various parts of the boats. http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y191/elementfiftyfour/Kayak%20Fishing/Jackson%20Kayak%20Cuda/#!cpZZ2QQtppZZ32

      You can likely put a spanish in there but some may not fit, in which case you can still put them inside the hull of the boat through the hatch and they will fit there. Also you can probably buy some sort of liner so they don’t slide all around inside the hull and smell the inside of your Cuda up! We know you’ll love the boat and definitely give one a test drive at one of our local dealers down there!

  20. Swamp Monster says:

    Can anyone tell me the width and length on the Cuda gunnels inbetween the paddle holder (slot) and the front of the foot well? I put money on one but my dealer is on vacation for the next month (winter here!) or I would call them. I would like to mount some YakAttack GearTrac on each side but I need approximately a 1 5/8″ wide base to mount the 1.5″ wide trac. I hope it fits, it would just add more versatility in set up on an already versatile yak! A track system like a wilderness or native is about the only improvement I could think of to make this boat better…..and that is pretty minor. Can’t wait to pick mine up and get it slimy!

  21. Ed says:

    I paddle mostly rivers and lakes here in Texas. My question is about legroom. I am 6’8″ with a 38″ inseam. My biggest concern is whether there is enough legroom in the Cuda?


    • Drew Gregory says:

      The Cuda will certainly have the leg room for you. It will probably have just enough and fit perfect actually. Still, I would locate your nearest dealer, since they all carry a demo you can use to test the boat, by clicking on “dealers” above and then use the dealer locator to find the closest one to you.

  22. Nutriarat says:

    I recently had a chance to see both the Cuda and Coosa in person and hope to get one soon. I fish both small lakes/ponds and slow moving rivers but also fish saltwater marsh and like the idea of the Cuda for crossing bigger flats and water to access fishing spots. How much maneuverability will I loose choosing the Cuda over the Coosa? Any and all comments are appreciated.


    • Drew Gregory says:

      Well, the two boats are completely opposite in terms of performance – the Cuda is less nimble but for the areas youre fishing it sounds like you don’t need to make sudden, quick, sharp turns so it would still be the better choice, especially since you will need more speed in many of those areas you mentioned.

  23. Joey Sirianni says:

    hey, i was looking at the cuda and the coosa. i like both models, but i’m leaning towards the cuda because i’ll be fishing mostly the Great Lakes(Lake Huron)but i may find my self in some pretty tight areas, and i thought that’s why i’d get the coosa. which would you recommend? also, when do you think there will be a price reduction on either model?

    • Josh Tidwell says:

      Joey, I spent some time on a Lake Erie beach a year or so back. With the wind that can whip up on those inland oceans, I think I would opt for the Cuda. I feel that if the majority of your time will be spent on Huron, you will be happier with that decision. With good paddle technique, you can put that Cuda through some tight spots as well. Before the Coosa came along, a lot of us big boys were forced into long boats for our river running. You could always get both. ;-)

  24. Scot says:

    I am 6′ about 280lb and just got the Cuda and it is great with my old football knees standing is easier but still not for ready for standing while fishing. With the seat in the high position it does give me great visibility in the marshes in SC, my question is what is a good length paddle for the high seat position.

    • Josh Tidwell says:

      Scot, I have been using a 230cm paddle and it works for me at 6’3″ 230#. I often use the paddle as a single blade while standing. I have heard of guys using up to 250cm paddles. Hope you get into lots of big SC reds in that Cuda!

  25. Joe says:

    I live in the chicagoland area and would like fish the chicago river and lake mich. I am 5 ft. 9 and weigh 155lbs. what is the best kayak for this?

  26. Bill says:

    I recently sold my pro angler and now I am in the market for a new yak, Ihave a ultimate 12 for flat calm waters that I can stand in, I am looking for a yak for the flats and bridges of the tidewater, VA area, I like the cuda because of all of the features it has but I am conserned about the stability I am 6’2′ and weigh 270ish, I also had a tarpon 140 that I kept flipping, and advised would be greatly appreciated.

    • Josh Tidwell says:

      Bill, I can’t compare the Cuda to your old boat as I have never paddled your old boat. I can tell you that I am 6’3″ and weigh 240ish. I have found the Cuda to be very stable. In fact I can easily stand and flycast, pole, or paddle. I spend most of my time on flatwater in the high seat position, but will likely go low when I paddle beyond the breakers. Have you given any consideration to the Big Tuna? Its getting some good reviews as a solo boat.

    • Richard says:

      If you have been flipping a Tarpon 140, I would definitely look at the Big Tuna. While it is a tandem kayak, it paddles remarkably well as a solo, and will be really comfortable and stable for someone your size. I was really impressed with the Big Tuna at the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival. It is a big boat, but paddles soooooo smoothly. The only catch is that it is a lot of boat to cartop singlehanded. If you have a pickup or trailer, it will be much easier.

  27. Luis says:

    I’m thinking about getting a cuda I own a Hobie Revo so I want a paddle kayak to get in to places my Revo cannot ,my questions are, first how does this yak handle rough surf? Can it work on rivers? And my last question is does it have any specific place for a transducer?

  28. Tanya says:

    My husband and I are in the market for fishing kayaks, I’ve been doing a lot of online research and have some questions; we live in Northern Arizona and mainly have small lakes and small rivers we would fish on, but our wind can be 20+ miles per hour during Spring and Winter so I am wondering which of the coosa or cuda is the better choice for the wind and how dry do they stay for cold season fishing? Also my husband is 6’6″ tall 250 lbs. And concerned about stability. Does the Cuda have the drag chain system that the Coosa does? Can you tell us how these compare to the wilderness systems tarpon 10 and 12 ft. Models, our local kayak store carries those…..Unfortunately there is only 1 Jackson dealer in AZ and they are so far away so testing either model is not an option for us.
    Thank you so much, we can’t wait to start the next phase of our lives fishing from kayaks!

    • FERAL ONE says:

      Tanya, the wind here has been terrible this spring and my Cuda has handled it well. it is a little narrower in the profile so it would handle a breeze better and is designed to track straighter so that will help as well. the Coosa will spin a bit in wind but it was designed to be a very maneuverable boat. i am not as tall as your husband but i weigh 250 and i have had no trouble with stability. i don’t stand well but that is more me than the boat. the drag chain channel is built into the Coosa and i don’t think my Cuda has those channels. it would be very easy to equip it with an anchor trolley and that would be my first choice if i anchored. for cold season fishing, i wear waders and a PFD. my cold season fishing and duck hunting were fine ! hope this helps a bit, either boat would be great, but my nod will always be toward a Cuda unless you are fishing rivers with flow and rapids.

    • Jonas Weiss says:

      Tanya, I wrote about the Cuda under the “Walk through” video on this site for the Cuda. I personally feel that the stability of this boat may surprise the average person in a not-so-favorable way. Certainly it is more stable than a narrower kayak, but you won’t be jumping up and fighting fish in it any time soon, in my opinion, and I’m a very balanced, athletic person. Just takes time and patience. Anchors and a trolley to adjust the anchor position are a must for sitting in one place. The narrow shape and cutting hull of this model help it not require the Coosa-oriented drag chain system. Some use a rudder for further stability (yaw resistance) under paddle.

  29. E. J. says:

    Does the optional rudder have foot controls or is it stationary when it’s deployed?

  30. Stewart Kepler says:

    Hey Jackson, a person left a long, helpful post here yesterday about balance and anchors and stuff, and now it’s gone. Wanted to show a friend and re-read it. Do you guys remove posts that don’t necessarily agree with everything in the ads? Hope that’s not the case, because the informaiton was helpful in many ways. What gives?

    • Clay Wright says:

      Sorry about that – there are a few of us moderating the comments and I too delete posts I deem spam, not constructive or not helpful when they come up as we get a lot of strange stuff sent in sometimes not even about kayaks. Sorry if someone overshot – not sure how to retrieve but not our intention to sensor good stuff.


      • Stewart Kepler says:

        Okay, fine. The post I saw was frank about the balance of the Cuda and gave some anchor pointers and roof-rack pointers that may not have been what Thule wanted to hear but would be VERY helpful to new buyers. Maybe his/her comments about Drew’s balance being much better than the average person’s were seen as bad for sales — not sure. Hope the person reads this and posts again. My experiences in trying to stand up in my Cuda were similar to his, and even though this is different than Drew and others make it look, it was constructive stuff. Hey guy, if you’re out there, post again if possible.

        • edster says:

          Stewart– that post is still there, but it is on the “Cuda walk through video” page.


  31. Toby says:

    I take a 10 day trip to fish the boundary waters. We have been doing it in canoes because we have to pack all of are gear in. We are wanting to start doing it in kayaks. I was just wondering which model you would recommend for that kind of trip.

    • I’d say you have a few options: Both the Cuda and Big Tuna have ample storage. If you are a light expedition packer, even better, if you require more space, the Big Tuna would work for you. I have also used the Daytripper, but if there are waves, this boat might not be the right choice. But in flat water, the Daytripper packs a ton of gear. Sounds like a Cuda or Big Tuna choice though.

  32. Mike says:

    I am interested in the Cuda but I am BIG guy at 330lbs. I will be hitting the 400lb mark with all my gear. The specks show it rated at 400lbs and I have looked ath the X-factor and it is rated for 600lbs. I really don’t see how there is a 200lb difference. I have paddled both and like the Cuda better. Is it just up to the anufacturer to decide capacity or like boats where the USCG decides?

    • Mike, I’d have a look at the Big Tuna. It is not only a great tandem boat but a fully featured solo kayak as well with more bells and whistles than the Cuda in fact. If the Cuda is your preference I’d say that your call will depend on how stable you are paddling and what kind of water you will be paddling through. We typically decide but its definitely dependent on skill set, stability of the person in a kayak and whether or not you’re facing waves and current.

  33. JLee says:

    I will test drive this next week and if all goes as I expect, I will buy it. Thought I had my mind made up on a competitor’s model, but the Cuda seems to have it all.

  34. Murphy says:

    Ordered a Cuda three weeks ago, when it showed up @ the dealer the freight carrier had crushed it under a pallet. It’s now been reordered and told it’s going to take a month. Something about Jackson being out of white plastic to complete the yellow jacket camo. I can wait, but my question is are you still building the 2012 Cuda’s or will I receive a 2013? One guy @ the dealer said I’d get a 2013, because 2012 boats were done and then another guy said I’d get the 2012? What do you think? They assured me that I would not get the crushed boat back after repair.


    • Emily Jackson says:

      Hey Murphy
      Depends, from the sounds of it they had to mold the boat, so it would be a 2013, if they had one in stock it would be 2012.
      I hope it works out! Either way enjoy your new toy and sorry about the shipping! Sincere apologies!
      Emily Jackson

  35. matt says:

    is there a big stability difference between the cuda and coosa ? thanks

    • Hey Matt, the difference is little at the end of it all, but the build is different giving stability to the rider differently, I’ll explain: The Coosa is a bit wider than the Cuda, but both bottoms cut to flat almost right away after the chime comes down. That means stablility. Additional stability is gained on the Cuda (even though narrower) by its length. It actually makes up for any loss in stability from it being narrower by it’s length. The Coosa also has some neat lines that gain it secondary stability in moving water but if you hit a wave the Cuda blows through it better, like a touring kayak would. Lastly the standing experience is slightly different. In both cases standing is an art you get used to. Any boat will need practice and time standing to get used to. The Hi-lo seat on both these kayaks help with the learning curve as you don’t have the wobble standing up from the upper seat position. The Coosa is a wider standing area, just by a bit. But if you start in a Cuda, you get used to it pretty fast. Hope this helps.

      Indiana James.

  36. David Balcerzal says:

    Is the frame of the seat aluminim or stainless? Do you have a dealer in Puerto Rico?

    • Brooks Beatty says:

      It’s a coated aluminum, and no one in Puerto Rico…yet, sounds like a business opportunity to me!

  37. rodbrister says:

    Put a deposit down on two JKs Sat. Meant to get the rear storage deck demensions for the cuda 14 but forgot. Could you send that to me? Please!

    • Brooks Beatty says:

      I got the Cuda 14 dimensions at 30 in x 20 1/4 ish.. This is the space inside the tackle box indentions.

  38. Nate says:

    I am looking at getting into my first fishing kayak. I live in the NW and would like to be fishing the Oregon Coast as well as some lakes throughout. I’m 5’11” 235lbs. Like the Cuda model but because of storage restrictions would probably need to go with the Cuda 12′. Will a 12′ boat suit my Oregon coast needs?


    • Brooks Beatty says:

      Hey Nate,

      I will have one of our west coast guys talk to you more on the side as this seems a bit more detailed. Personally I think the Cuda 14 is your go to boat as far as hitting the open ocean and lakes. Good Luck and tight lines.

    • matthew says:

      Hey Nate, I grew up in Southern Oregon and I have fished everywhere SO has to offer. I have a Cuda 14 that I bought in August of 12. Love it! I fish mainly salt in Nor Cal but I plan on taking some trips back up North this summer to fly fish some high Mountain Lake ie Steens, Williamson, Campbell etc. If Jackson doesnt mind feel free to email me and I can give you my opinion RE the best fit for whatever water you plan on hittin up there. matthew69686@gmail Tight lines!

  39. Mac says:

    I did not have time to read all the 76 responses so I may have missed this question if so please accept my apology. My question is can you order the Cuda 14 with a rudder mounted from the factory or is this option added by the dealer. I am going to order my Cuda 14 soon, in Feb. I hope to be on the water and I cant wait………just say’n

    • Chris Hayes says:

      The cuda 14 that I ordered did not com with the rudder installed I had to install it my self but it is just a matter of mounting the rudder it’s self to the yak the cables and all the hard stuff is already there and installed. The rudder takes about 5 minutes to install. It uses a couple of ring clips and a Phillips screw driver and your finished. Hope this helps.

  40. Daniel Rusell says:

    Where can I purchase a rudder for my Cuda 14?

  41. Speyyak says:

    My interest is in a kayak that I can use both for both fly fishing and as a fitness yak. Of the two priorities, the fitness side takes priority. My build is 6′ and 240 pounds (with aspirations to drop that weight and work on my core muscles which should also strengthen my paddling). Need a yak that I can easily go out for a one hour workout on a lake bay on a regular basis without all the fishing “junk” loaded and attached to it. Fishing-wise… larger freshwater lakes with some chop and inland reservoirs, plus saltwater flats for reds for the most part. Occasionally a larger river. Also, I’d like to use the fitness kayak as a second kayak in order to make it available to friends that want to fish but do not own a kayak. What Jackson kayak would you recommend? Thinking Cuda at this point in time but I don’t know if it will fit my fitness kayak priority.

    • Brooks Beatty says:

      It sounds like you are pretty spot on. I would definitely recommend the Cuda 14, for the lakes, reservoirs, and flats. Then the other fitness one, I would look into our new Cruise. It is very similar to our fishing line but doesn’t come with all the fishing accessories, but they can easily be added since we’ve already put threaded inserts into the kayak. All you would have to do is get a few ram balls and the accessories (rod holders, etc.) you want and you would be set to fish out of it. Hope this helps and let us know if you have anymore questions.


  42. Robert says:

    Just a thought for for the 2014 models, please consider adding a molded section for a drag chain similar to the coosa or tuna on the cuda. Also please pre-install hardware points on both sides of all fishing yaks for anchor trolleys. It would also be nice to have a rudder option on the coosa. Other then that I love the Jackson fishing line. Please keep up the great work.

    • Isaac "The Nothing" Miller says:

      I like the idea of pre-installed inserts for anchor trolleys. Good thinking!

  43. Rob Mitchell says:

    Have recently ordered 2 cuda 14s thru TG in San Marcos, TX. Can you give me the dimensions of the behind the seat well? I am shopping for ice chests and want to make sure that they will fit.

    Many Thanks… can’t wait to get our cudas

    • Brooks Beatty says:

      Roughly 30 in x 20 1/4 in. Hope this helps, and can’t wait for you to get your cudas either! Tight Lines and Happy Paddling!

  44. Nick says:

    I am interested in this yak and the only thing holding me back is the lack of dealers in Hawaii. Do y’all have any dealers out here that aren’t listed on in this site or am I SOL? Either way, what would be the best/easiest way to get one of these bad boys out to Oahu?

    • Clay Wright says:

      Hey Nick –

      write info @ jacksonkayak.com for this sort of shipping / offshore dealer info. Sorry I can’t help you from here.


  45. craig b says:

    ‘m looking to fish and paddle in the delta and mobile bay, in al. I have a bad back, so the seat in the 14’cuda is great, but would like input if cuda is my best option for this area?

    • Josh Tidwell says:

      Craig B, I fish that area whenever I can make my way down there from North Alabama. The Cuda 14 would be an excellent choice. I know that sometimes you have to cover some distance down that way, so the extra speed of the 14 will be appreciated.

  46. C.J. says:

    I just purchased the Cuda 14 and cant wait to use it! I have a question on car racks. is their a popular style or brand everyone is using for an SUV?

    • Brooks Beatty says:

      Hey CJ,
      Any of the J cradles will be fine. If you already have a roof rack, you can also turn it upside down and rest it on the gunnels, then use cam straps to tighten it down. JK Cam Straps

  47. Matt says:

    Does the Cuda weight 80 lbs with or without the seat?

  48. Scott says:

    Was thinking about purchasing a kayak. I live in michigan and was wonderig if the cuda 14 would be a good salmon kayak. Thanks

    • Brooks Beatty says:

      Hey Scott,

      The cuda 14 could be a great kayak, depending on the type of water you are fishing for them in. I know you said Michigan, but if it is in lakes then I would say yes. If you are in rivers, I would look into a Coosa or a Cuda 12. Hope this helps some, shoot me a message back if you have more questions.


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