If you’ve noticed in my photos and videos, I haven’t been using my 2012 Yellow Jacket Jackson Cuda anymore. Reason being I sold it back in June. I had the intention to sell it and get an updated version in it’s place.
After lots of demoing other models and brands just to make sure I didn’t want to go in another direction, I ended up right back at the Cuda 14. I even demoed a few pedal-driven kayaks! But the Cuda is the perfect boat for me!
I wanted a custom color this go round. I knew that. Jackson offers the option to do a custom color on any of their boats for a small up-charge. My wife soon found me playing around with photoshop to get ideas how different color combos might look:
I decided to wait until Outdoor Retailer to see if there were any changes to the series, which unfortunately they did not showcase the Cuda. But I did see the new seat, and that was enough for me to order a 2015 model!
When it came in, on October 1st, I was pleasantly surprised by all the updates they made to it, and since Jackson didn’t really highlight the updates to the Cuda in 2015, I’ll point out the main noticeable ones.
The strap to fasten down the seat has also changed. It now comes from behind the seat, goes over the frame and through a cam buckle on the deck. This allows you to truly tighten down the seat, which wasn’t completely possible with the older backpack style buckle.
Noticeable on the 2014 models, the center-hatch had the round mini-hatch on top of it. Because of it’s existence, the paddle stager grooves became mostly unusable. Jackson remedied this over the summer by placing foam in the grooves to give it enough “lift” to clear the center-hatch.
While we’re on the hatch, it has also seen some improvements. The mini round-hatch is gone. The gear tracks are still there and added to it is a holder for a small flashlight/360 white light (that comes with it).
One of my favorite new things regarding the hatch is that the cover is now on a hinge! This was pretty unexpected because we were told it wasn’t possible because of the mold… I guess they changed the mold!
This is now the same hatch cover found on the Kraken!