Posts Tagged 'Flex Drive'

JACKSON KAYAK CRUISE FD WITH FLEX DRIVE OFFERS ANOTHER PEDAL OPTION

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SPARTA, TN (JULY 2017)   – Pedal or paddle with the Jackson Kayak Cruise FD all-purpose kayak. Built for the recreational paddler and powered by the unique Flex Drive system, the Cruise FD adapts to any paddling needs including fishing. The Flex Drive is easily deployed with the flip of a lever to aid in launching and beaching, provides easy access to the propeller to remove weeds and an interchangeable electric motor head unit will be released in 2018.

The Jackson Kayak Cruise FD kayak features the patent-pending Flex Drive system which allows for hands-free forward and reverse propulsion. Jackson Kayak’s Flex Drive System can quickly adapt from deep to shallow water navigation without having to move the main pedal drive unit.

Kayakers will appreciate these Cruise FD features:

  • Patent-pending Flex Drive for hands-free forward and reverse propulsion
  • Tri-prop propeller is protected by a dagger board for navigating shallow waters
  • Hinged prop cover can be opened while the prop is raised to easily clean any debris and completed closed and sealed when the drive is deployed
  • Built on the Cruise hull with less rocker for better speed and increased flatwater tracking
  • Ergo Seat with 3D breathable mesh fabric and lumbar support can be reclined for better positioning for pedaling. With Hi-Lo and Fore-Aft trimming for better comfort and ergonomics while pedaling. The Ergo seat can also be removed for use on shore.
  • Standing pad for comfort while standing
  • Large bow hatch with easy opening latches
  • Small rear day hatch with additional bungees for securing gear
  • Integrated rudder control system for easy steering while pedaling
  • Track systems for easy customization with fishing or other accessories
  • Suggested retail $ 2,199

“The Cruise FD expands on the new Jackson Kayak Flex Drive family with a solid recreational platform that is quick, nimble and ready for casual tours or customized for fishing adventures,” explained Damon Bungard, Jackson Kayak Product Manager.

About Jackson Kayak

Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Located in Sparta, Tennessee, near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products. With the motto “Build it like it’s your own”, all products are Made in the USA in growing support of the local Tennessee economy. Market leaders in both the whitewater and kayak fishing, kayak manufacturing and strong in the exploration sector, Jackson Kayak continues to introduce new product lines each year. Jackson Kayak’s success is largely due to delivering high quality products through paddlesports specialty shops globally; all supported by regional, national and international team members who are engaged to promote the paddling lifestyle.

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New Pedal Craft & New Brand from Paddlesport Veterans Introducing the 360° / Angler from Blue Sky Boatworks

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SPARTA, TN (July 21, 2017) Jackson Kayak today announced the company will debut a new boat brand and the brand’s first model at Outdoor Retailer next week. Blue Sky Boatworks emerged from collaboration between Jackson Kayak’s development team and paddlesports veteran Andy Zimmerman and his design team, which includes multi-hull guru Jim Brown.

Built on a catamaran platform and manufactured by Jackson Kayak at its Tennessee facility, Blue Sky Boatworks will launch with the new 360° / Angler. Consumers will immediately notice the ease of entering the stable craft. Then they will also notice the boat’s efficiency and how quickly and comfortably they can cover water and pursue their passion – fishing, hunting, birding, photography, camping, fitness – whatever they love doing on the water.

The combination of these features makes the new 360° / Angler unique in the marketplace:

  • Effortless speed with Flex Drive system. Three-blade prop and 12:1 crank ratio equals more performance with less energy
  • Amazing stability with twin hull design. Stand, turn and walk bow to stern.
  • Personalized comfort with an ergonomic 360° swivel seat that can be raised and lowered and positioned for optimal positioning for pedaling.
  • Unmatched versatility with 34 square feet of deck space and multiple gear tracks to customize for pursuits.
  • Unique portability with quick disassembly. Trailer it, drop it in the back of a pick up or car-top it.
  • Flexible power. Easily converts from Flex Drive pedal to Flex Drive electric.
  • Convenient left-hand and right-hand rudder control at the seat.
  • Molded bow hatches for gear and rod storage or to accommodate batteries for fish finders, etc.
  • Bow frame extended to support optional front porch. Designed for extra gear and/or a dog, it can also support the user’s weight for sight fishing or landing a fish.
  • Ample space behind the seat to accommodate an Orion Cooler, tackle storage and platform for Power Pole® anchors.
  • Wheel assist is bungeed behind seat so it won’t drop in the water. Vertical post has extra gear track for mounting rod holders and transducer.

“We’re excited about this new concept and thrilled with the reception this prototype has received,” said Jackson Kayak’s Joe Pulliam. “We think when the industry sees it and demos it at Outdoor Retailer; Blue Sky Boatworks is going to create a lot of buzz.”

Learn more and get updates at BlueSkyBoatworks.com.

About Blue Sky Boatworks

Setting the goal of overcoming the limitations of more traditional kayaks, the Jackson Kayak product development team collaborated with paddlesports veteran Andy Zimmerman and his design team, including multi-hull guru Jim Brown. And Blue Sky Boatworks was born. Built on a catamaran platform and manufactured by Jackson Kayak at their Tennessee facility, Blue Sky Boatworks brings the freedom and joy of human-powered craft to the huge market daunted by the challenges of kayaks. Current pedal kayak owners are also very likely to cross over for the higher level of customization, performance and comfort. Blue Sky Boatworks delivers. BlueSkyBoatworks.com

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JACKSON KAYAK INTRODUCES HIGHLY INNOVATIVE FLEX DRIVE SYSTEM

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Jackson Kayak with Flex Drive System

SPARTA, TN (July 2016) – Jackson Kayak has designed a patent-pending prop-driven pedal system which allows for hands-free forward and reverse propulsion for kayaks. Named the Flex Drive, it consists of a daggerboard-protected tri-prop propeller which, combined with unique articulation of the prop system, gives the Flex Drive increased performance over other drives and helps keep the system clear of obstacles and easy to clean. Jackson Kayak’s Flex Drive System can quickly adapt from deep to shallow water navigation without having to move the main pedal drive unit.

The Flex Drive is easily deployed with the flip of a lever, has adjustable pitch prop blades and a 12:1 ratio. An interchangeable electric motor-driven head unit is in development as well for release at a later date.

“We wanted to develop a pedal system that addresses the real-world problems and needs of serious kayak anglers – problems like launching and beaching without having to move a cumbersome system; being able to push over obstacles; simple loading and unloading from car rack systems; versatility and flexibility for a wide variety of water conditions, etc. The Flex Drive solves those problems, and is an exciting new addition to the Jackson Kayak lineup of innovative solutions for kayak anglers,” explained Damon Bungard, Jackson Kayak Product Manager.

The first kayaks with this innovation will be the Coosa FD with an emphasis on kayak fishing and the versatile Cruise FD. Jackson Kayak’s Flex Drive system will roll out at Jackson Kayak dealers early 2017.

About Jackson Kayak: Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Located in Sparta, Tennessee, near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products. With the motto “Build it like it’s your own”, all products are Made in the USA in growing support of the local Tennessee economy. Market leaders in both the whitewater and kayak fishing, kayak manufacturing and strong in the exploration sector, Jackson Kayak continues to introduce new product lines each year. Jackson Kayak’s success is largely due to delivering high quality products through paddlesports specialty shops globally; all supported by regional, national and international team members who are engaged to promote the paddling lifestyle.

About Firefly Publicity

Visit http://www.fireflypublicity.com for more information about its public relations services for outdoor products. Firefly Publicity works closely with writers and editors to place products in media like magazines, newspapers, on-line content, radio and television. Public relations is a cost effective way for companies to maximize their marketing or advertising budget. Firefly Publicity is a results-oriented pr firm located in Red Wing, Minnesota. If you’re interested in gaining exposure for your company’s products, please contact Kim Emery at Firefly Publicity.

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