The Jackson Coosa FD 12'7 Pedal Drive Fishing Kayak is base on the Coosa HD hull and deck, but features Jackson's proprietary Flex Drive pedal system to make the ultimate compact fishing machine! With both forward and reverse operations, the Coosa FD is the perfect platform for fisherman everywhere. With just the flip of a switch, the entire drive system can be raised or lowered to accomodate shallow water or avoid obstacles. The dual-blade propellor offers pedalers high performance is easy to clean and maintain, with offering more power over the original 3-blade design. Adjustable Hi-lo Elite seating allows the boat to fit pedalers of all shapes and sizes comfortably for a long day on the water. The Flex Drive uses a powerful 1:12 ratio allowing it to easily cruise across even the biggest bodies of water. With all of your favorite features from the ever popular Coosa HD, like rod protection to gear track mounting systems, the Coosa FD is sure to be a top option for anyone looking for a hands free fishing kayak!
- Flex Drive 3D Pedal Drive System with upgraded 2-blade prop
- Molded rod tubes and integrated rod storage
- Accessory track system
- Ergo Seat
- Integrated rudder and control system
- PowerPole Ready
- Transducer Scupper
- Sliding Seat Stash tray
Jackson Kayak - Coosa FD
Jackson Kayak takes the Coosa HD to another level with the Coosa FD 12/7 which includes their innovative Flex Drive pedal system. What’s even better is that it is also compatible with their E-Drive trolling motor so you’re able to interchange the units whenever you want.
With forward and reverse capabilities, the Flex Drive’s unique design features an articulated shaft that protects the prop when paddling in shallow water or near submerged obstacles. The design also provides an easy way to clean away weeds or debris as the hinged prop cover is located directly in front of the seat for easy access. This means you don’t have to remove or raise the Flex Drive in order to clean it, nor do you have to get off the water as it can be done on the fly!
To view the Coosa HD 12/6 that is setup without the Flex Drive pod, click here!
To view the original Coosa 11/2,click here!
The Coosa FD 12/7 is a beefed up version of the original with additional features, more storage, and added length and width. The hull is still river-friendly, but the longer length improves tracking on flat water lakes, while the greater width improves stability for heavier paddlers and boosts confidence for standing and fishing.
Beyond being a river-friendly fishing kayak, the Coosa FD 12/7 features an open deck layout to keep gear within easy reach. The large cockpit includes a centre console not found on the original model yet still features the pre-installed traction pads offer a slip-free experience. Gear tracks are located on either side of the deck in the FD version, and a rod holder and cup holder are included in the package.
The Ergo Seat comes standard with an ergonomic design for support right where it's needed, while the quick-dry material prevents mold and increases the longevity. The seat is fully adjustable and removable for times when you're in need of a comfortable beach chair!
- Rigid ergonomic grip handles bow and stern
- Bow and stern hatch areas with rigid cover
- Rear tank well for additional gear storage
- Rod tip protectors on either side of the bow
- Two flush-mount rod holders aft of the seat
- Paddle bungees on either side
- Integrated hand-controlled rudder system
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Jackson Coosa FD
Jackson Coosa FD is a pedal-driven fishing kayak based on the popular Coosa HD hull. However, it is not just a Coosa HD with Jackson’s Flex Drive 3D module attached. This kayak is different in several ways and is worth a closer look in comparison with the Coosa HD.
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Size and Weight
Jackson Coosa FD (FD stands for Flex Drive) is 12’7″ (376 cm) long and 35″ (89 cm) wide. That’s an inch (2.54 cm) longer and wider than Jackson Coosa HD.
Although the size difference is not that large, the Coosa FD is significantly heavier than the HD model, even without the seat and the drive unit. Jackson Coosa FD weighs 102 lbs (46.3 kg) while Coosa HD is 24 lbs (10.9 kg) lighter at 78 lbs (35.4 kg).
Jackson Coosa FD also offers a slightly larger capacity. It is rated for 450 lbs (204 kg) while Coosa HD can carry up to 425 lbs (192.8 kg).
Jackson’s updated Flex Drive 3D pedal propulsion system packs a few features that set it apart from the competition.
The most significant one is its unique articulating system. The daggerboard-protected propeller has two height settings (for deep and shallow water) and can be raised all the way up so that it’s flush with the hull. Better yet, if you run over an underwater obstacle, the prop will go up automatically, saving it from damage.
When in the uppermost position, the propeller is easily accessible from the sitting position via a small hatch, so you can clean it from weeds, etc.
An important advantage of propeller-based systems is that you get instant forward and backward movement without having to “change gears” like you would on fin-based systems such as the one from Hobie.
Another cool feature is that the pedal unit can be removed from the boat in a matter of seconds for storage or transportation. Once on the water, you pop it back in, secure it with two wing nuts, and you’re good to go. Better yet, you can replace it with Jackson’s new Flex Drive E electric motor system if you want to.
Jackson Coosa FD has all of the features of the Coosa HD model, plus some unique ones.
On the bow, there is a large hinged hatch that opens access to the in-hull storage. It is secured with two quick-lock latches. Inside, there’s a plastic bin for small items so that they don’t get lost inside the boat. On top of the hatch, there is a Hypalon paddle park which is more hook-friendly than traditional bungee cords.
Also on the bow, you get two molded-in rod tip protectors that keep your rods safe from branches and grass.
Moving back, there’s a gear track that keeps the pedal unit in place but can also be used to install custom gear.
The pedal drive unit is positioned in a way that leaves an open standing area in front of the seat. On both sides of the pedal drive, there are two large transducer scuppers that are compatible with newer large transducers. The standing area is padded to improve traction and dampen any noises.
Right in front of the seat, there is a small hatch that gives you access to the prop. You can inspect or clean the propeller right from the sitting position. Pretty cool.
Jackson Coosa FD offers as much as 10 gear tracks. Compare that to 5 gear tracks on Coosa HD and no gear tracks whatsoever on the original Coosa. This gives a ton of options to rig it out with custom gear. The kayak also comes with a YakAttack Omega Rod Holder and an Orion Cooler Tumbler.
To the left of the seat, there’s a rudder control knob. Steering is a no-brainer: you pull it forward to go left and backward to go right.
The seat is super comfortable with high and low positions. The high position is higher than on many paddle-driven kayaks, so it is very easy to stand up and sit back down (important if you have stiff knees). The whole seat platform slides fore and aft on gear tracks, which helps you fine-tune your pedaling position and trim the boat for optimal weight distribution.
On the back of the seat, there’s some Molle webbing. Jackson Coosa FD comes with a waterproof seatback pouch for small items you need at hand, such as your phone, keys, rain jacket, etc.
We saw some complaints online about the aluminum seat frame bending under heavy loads, so that’s something worth taking a closer look at. In any case, Jackson Kayak stands behind their products and will replace any faulty components promptly.
The propeller blades have three pitch settings for more torque or easier pedaling. In the most aggressive setting, the pedal drive pushes the kayak at just under 4 miles per hour. The construction of the drive unit lets you pedal in shallow waters without worrying too much about the propeller.
Some users complained that the Coosa FD does not track too well and you have to keep steering it all the time. The rudder blade is flush with the keel and is probably too small to keep the boat on course. This is something to pay attention to when you take this kayak for a test drive.
All Jackson kayaks bought in 2020 and after come with a 5-year limited warranty for the hull and components made by Jackson. For full Jackson’s warranty terms, see Jackson’s website at https://www.jacksonadventures.com/warranty/
Jackson Bite FD Kayak
The Bite FD is a pedal kayak that is designed from the water up to provide you with top performance without requiring a lot of maintenance. Bite FD focuses on three key factors: power, propulsion and steering. The deck offers unbelievable stability for sitting or standing. The front and rear both provide impeccable storage space to haul all of your gear and feature durable bungee cords to keep that gear secure on your wildest adventures. We've also included gear tracks for you to easily attach your accessories and customize your kayak the way you want. The Bite FD is packed with efficiency, comfort and versatility that will make adventures more convenient for any water enthusiast!
Built on the same Bite hull that refused to compromise in hull quality, performance, gear management, and comfort at an economical pricepoint, Jackson Kayak’s Bite FD doesn’t cut corners.
The Bite FD performs to the high bar of pedaling and stand-to-fish standards associated with the Jackson Kayak name. New for 2021, the Bite FD has been upgraded to the Comfort Seat, which is the perfect combination of breathability, drainage and comfort in a framed seat not traditionally found on price point kayaks.
The Bite FD uses our Flex Drive 3D System, which is uniquely engineered to retract the propeller into the hull when beaching or when running over submerged obstacles. Ample storage fore and aft, paired with our updated bungee attachment system which prevents water from seeping into the hull, means there is plenty of storage space.
Two recessed areas on either side of the Bite FD make quick, easy and secure storage for tackle boxes. Also included are flush mount rod holders and cup holders on both sides of the Comfort Seat.
Four molded-in inserts on the stern of the kayak will accept our newly developed Accessory Mounting Bracket, designed to accommodate accessories with the four bolt mounting pattern such as a PowerPole or Torqeedo trolling motor.
The Bite FD is the perfect combination of comfort, smart and innovative design offered as a great value for anglers, earning its title as ‘the go-kart of pedal driven kayaks’. Its at home across a diverse variety of waterways including small lakes and rivers, ponds, streams and inshore saltwater.
|Weight:||96 lbs; 82 lbs w/o seat & drive|
|Max Capacity:||400 lbs|
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LooknFishy Rundown Review on the Jackson Coosa FD
The Jackson Coosa FD gets a review from the Felsenthal NWR by Drew Ross.
Film, photos, and words by Drew Ross
I’ve been considering a pedal kayak for a few years. But, I was always hesitant to purchase one for my local area because I feared it would be more trouble than it’s worth. Most of my fishing is done in water that’s full of standing timber, cypress trees, and logs. When Jackson Kayak introduced the new Coosa FD I was immediately drawn to it because of the Flex Drive’s ability to hit an obstruction and fold into the hull of the kayak. That one feature is the most important to me.
Since picking up the Coosa FD I’ve had it on the water three days. I’m not saying it’s the best pedal kayak for everyone, but I’m confident I made the right decision. The first thing I noticed was the turning radius. Fishing in a cypress swamp means moving in and out of trees. The rudder is very responsive allowing for quick turns without sacrificing stability.
Speaking of which, the stability is top shelf. The Coosa FD is 360 degrees approved. Watch the video and you see what I’m talking about. Standing is not an issue, which is important because I believe I’ll also be able to fly-fish from it. After some minor tweaks of course.
Like I said in the beginning, it’s not perfect. It’s not what I would consider a fast kayak and will not win a sprint. In fact, I’m pretty sure I can paddle my Mayfly faster in a short distance. But there’s not arguing that you’ll cover more water because of the ability to keep pedaling while you fish. My second day out I covered 10 miles of water and saw places in Felsenthal NWR that I had never seen before.
If you’re looking for a pedal style kayak be sure you take a look at the Jackson Kayak Coosa FD. It’s not the best choice for every environment but if yours is similar to mine, then you’ll probably appreciate the stability, maneuverability, and more importantly the FD’s ability to take an impact. I’m really happy with how it performs for me in my environment.
— More on Jackson Coosa FD, Drew Ross
The article was originally published on Kayak Fish
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