Review of the Jackson Kayak Coosa FD (Foot Drive)

The brothers must plead a bit of ignorance in the case of the Jackson Kayak Coosa FD (stands for “foot drive”) fishing kayak. Arriving a bit late in the model year, the Coosa FD caught us a bit flat-footed. And so we did not have a chance to take the Coosa out on any sort of a test run. Therefore, in this necessarily short review, we’re relying on the experience of a cousin, a paddler of the old school, from far northern Minnesota where, at this writing, the temperature stands right at an invigorating -34 degrees. So much for the prospects of a test drive.

Review of the Jackson Kayak Coosa FD
Review of the Jackson Kayak Coosa FD

What the Hughes extended family can say without a doubt is that, should the FD follow in the classic water-path of Jackson’s Coosa HD hull and deck, this boat is destined for goodness: easy deployment, even easier navigation, massive storage areas, and stability . . . “oh my gosh the stability” (Cousin Stanley’s term), boat-dock sorts of stability for standing and casting.

Jackson Kayak Coosa FD Specs:

– LENGTH: 12’7″

– WIDTH: 35″

– WEIGHT: 102lbs w/out drive

– CAPACITY: 450lbs

Jackson Kayak Coosa FD Review and overall Rating

But now comes Jackson’s soon-to-be-patented “Flex-Drive System” and its consequent hands-free propulsion. The new system means fluid movement forward and reverse, back and forth across a particular bit of subsurface structure where the big old boys live. Easily deployed, with an adjustable pitch, the drive will in 2018 be adaptable to Jackson’s new motorized version. Even keener is the system’s articulation for navigation in deep-then shallow-then deep-then shallower still water, as on its own the prop retracts safely out of the way of rocks and such — making it especially useful on rivers. A daggerboard protects the three-bladed propeller. Together, the system’s components avoid obstacles and, the fishing trip concluded, make the FD’s underside easy to clean.

Jackson has redesigned the FD’s rudder. Rod-based, with no snapping lines, no linkage issues, no kinking. It’s oh so simple, oh so slick.

Cousin Stanley is no small package, but even he found the FD’s seat comfortable across a long day on the water. (Even here, in the seating, Jackson has devised another “system.”) Flexibility is key, allowing the pedaler to locate the best possible position for presenting a popper to a waiting slab-sided bluegill.

YakAttack gear tracks make possible hundreds of points of accessibility for the accessories of the fisherman’s choice.

As we say, the Hughes Brothers have not yet taken an FD down to the water. When we do, Cousin Stanley will be sent back to Duluth, and we’ll offer you a more personalized review. Thank you for your patience.