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#12707410 - 04/07/18 06:05 PM Jackson Kayak Blue Sky
Clay34 Offline
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Loc: Wisconsin
I just noticed this on the Jackson website. I see that the prototype was introduced in 2017, but I missed it somehow.

Check out their new offering: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky


Edited by Clay34 (04/07/18 06:16 PM)
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#12708234 - 04/08/18 02:06 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
Brad R Online   content
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Clay34
I just noticed this on the Jackson website. I see that the prototype was introduced in 2017, but I missed it somehow.

Check out their new offering: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky


Clay34, I bought one. I had posted here several months or so ago about this new pedaler, got on the company's email list and found out they were selling a limited supply for a big discount, so next thing I know . . .

I thought they'd see pretty well at $3499 MSRP since that is still in the range of PA 12s and 14s and the big Titan. At $2299, it sort of forced me to jump.

For me? I don't see it as a kayak, don't think they are marketing it as such. I see it as just filling a gap between a kayak and a boat. I'm hoping it will let me fish a bit deeper at times, cover more lake.

Brad

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#12708378 - 04/08/18 04:12 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
Clay34 Offline
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Brad, have you put it in the water yet? Is it still on order and not delivered yet. Just curious what your on the water experience has been with the craft.
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#12708427 - 04/08/18 04:54 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
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I bought it through their "Kickstarter" program. I was #4 as there were only 10 at that price as I recall.

So, I am supposed to pay for it some time in April. Then, they are supposed to be delivered in June.

Can't wait to give it a go. Odd, too, that my wife wanted a tiny pontoon boat we saw up in Canton, made in north Texas as I recall. But, this is much less expensive and fits my needs a lot better.

More portable, too, as the two hulls snap off so they can be carried separately.

Brad

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#12708642 - 04/08/18 07:58 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
Clay34 Offline
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Thanks for the report, it will be neat to see how it performs for you. Keep us posted.
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#12710160 - 04/09/18 08:53 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
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Just ordered one. Anxious to try it

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#12710420 - 04/10/18 07:01 AM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
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I was number 16 and got the same discount. There is also shipping cost. Shipped to my house is $200.00
Shipped to a dealer then its $100.00
I need something that I can stand up in every so often and I hope this fits the bill.
In the mean time I will fish out of my Hobie Revolution 13 and keep this rig a compliment to the Blue Sky.

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#12710679 - 04/10/18 09:40 AM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Bingo Collector]
Brad R Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Bingo Collector
I was number 16 and got the same discount. There is also shipping cost. Shipped to my house is $200.00
Shipped to a dealer then its $100.00
I need something that I can stand up in every so often and I hope this fits the bill.
In the mean time I will fish out of my Hobie Revolution 13 and keep this rig a compliment to the Blue Sky.


Great! We should see a few of these on the water this coming summer! It was just one of those things that I was considering, then the huge price break for early orders left me knowing that, then, I would have trouble accepting a higher price later on.

It also shows how much "fat" there is in kayaks and other HDPE vessels, I suppose. I think they are still making some money here and accomplishing a goal of getting some production up and running and covering early costs.

Brad

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#12711189 - 04/10/18 05:20 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
Bug-e Offline
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Hey Brad. How many kayaks and canoes do you own? Sounds like you have quite a stable!! smile

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#12711247 - 04/10/18 06:42 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Bug-e]
Brad R Online   content
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Ha!

And, I have a boat house and no boat! Go figure.

No, what happened was when we moved to Lake Athens, I had just my S-15 canoe (tandem fishing) and a Native Propel 10. Well, Athens has more vegetation in it than the forests of the Amazon so the drive unit sort stayed jammed up, so I wanted a second paddle-only kayak, bought a Jackson Cuda LT with that in mind that had a tendency to add about a 2 gallons of water by leakage, so via warranty, I traded it for a Big Rig.

So a canoe, a pedaler, a paddler and then this thing.

This is a long way of saying . . . . I have too many vessels!

In my defense, living on a lake, you normally need at least two for the occasional friend dropping by.

I'll likely "thin the herd" soon by selling one of the kayaks.

Brad

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#12711522 - 04/10/18 10:31 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
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👍 I look forward to your review of this thing. Definitely interesting.

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#12711663 - 04/11/18 06:51 AM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Bug-e]
Brad R Online   content
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When I get it, I'll do a fast review, then a more thorough one later.

Brad

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#12827661 - 07/13/18 08:32 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
Clay34 Offline
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Note: The Jackson Angler 360 just won the best in category for watercraft at ICAST 2018. Thought that you guys would like to know:

https://fishingtackleretailer.com/icast-2018-best-of-show-category-winners-announced/
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#12829585 - 07/15/18 09:01 PM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
Brad R Online   content
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I saw that, Clay!

I was #4 and still don't have mine . . . but it is supposed to be drop-shipped to Arlington with 16 others this coming week, 8 pre-sold and 9 for store inventory.

One thing I have always liked about Jackson is its tendency to put lots of standard equipment on most of its kayaks.

The 360 will come with a couple of traditional rod holders, then some that hold the rods horizontally, all sorts of tackle storage devices and bags, and on and on. The 360 had a lot of "adds" tacked on toward the end that no one expected. They are also sending me a Cashion rod built for kayaks.

Now, where is my 360? Ha! Brad

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#12831355 - 07/17/18 10:34 AM Re: Jackson Kayak Blue Sky [Re: Clay34]
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Registered: 07/16/18
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Anyone thinking of adding an additional motor to theirs? Like a Torqeedo or a bow mounted option like MotorGuide or a Minn Kota with ProNav?

I know people have lots of differing views on adding motors to their kayaks or things of that nature. I added a motor to my NuCanoe and I enjoy it a lot. I get up to 4.5mph and I still have good control around the shoreline with my autopilot addition. Either way, very exciting stuff from Blue Sky Boatworks.

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