All About the YuPIK, the Most Versatile Jackson Kayak
Jackson kayaks are some of the most favorably reviewed in the industry, and Jackson makes kayaks that are specialized for fishing, paddlesports, and everything in between.
One of their most versatile models is the Jackson YuPIK. Here’s what it offers.
Gear It How You Want: The Versatility of the YuPIK
Looking for a kayak that can handle small water and a chop with equal facility? One that you can paddle or power drive with a trolling motor? You’re probably looking for what the Jackson YuPIK offers.
At 12’2”, with a 35” beam and still only tipping the scales at 99lbs (with the seat installed), the Jackson YuPIK is both heavy and stable enough to tackle a light inshore chop, but still small and light enough to easily throw on a cartop or trailer. Bow and stern handles make it easier to launch, beach, lift, and load the YuPIK.
Given its size, it’s equally at home on lakes, rivers, and creeks as it is in inshore saltwater, and the rigging options make it perfect for fishing, kayak camping, hunting, and multi-day paddle trips.
The YuPIK also tracks beautifully and is stable enough to stand in, a big bonus for kayak anglers who want a little extra visibility leverage when sight casting to wary fish.
The Jackson YuPIK’s open cockpit and scooped bow offer not only plenty of room for moving around, but tons of space for tackle and other gear – tents, duffles, and decoy bags will all easily fit in the YuPIK.
A large rear tankwell behind the seat is big enough to stage a 25-quart cooler, offering you plenty of room for refreshments, or to store your catch and keep it fresh.
Fishermen, specifically, will love the four sidewall receptacles for tackle boxes, that keep tackle close yet out of the way, along with seat-side stagers that keep hooks, lures, and tackle within arm’s reach, while keeping it from rolling all over the deck. There’s even a phone stager on the port side, within arm’s reach of the seat.
The YuPIK is also ready to rig, with bow-to-stern track systems, along with storage pockets molded into the boat that offer plenty of room and versatility for expanding with accessories. The YuPIK also boasts a strap-down gear track to keep your goods safe and secure while easily accessible.
This Jackson kayak is engineered for comfort, with Jackson’s EZ Hi-lo Seating System that allows you to make adjustments to seating with one hand.
In terms of power, the YuPIK lets you go the way that works for you. With a shallow draft and true, stable tracking, the YuPIK can easily be paddled into the shallowest, thickest bays – but a square transom and a four-bolt mount at the stern make it easy to rig the YuPIK with the power of a trolling motor so you can cover greater distances more easily over big water.
The YuPIK is tough, too, and equipped with durable, replaceable skid plates that protect the hull of your vessel during rough launching and landing conditions. Fear no gravel or pavement with this protection.
Rigged the way you want, the Jackson YuPIK is ready for both sweet and saltwater, short fishing trips and multi-day paddle camping, and everything in between. All that’s left for you to do is pencil in float plan.
More Where That Came from: Jackson Kayaks for Other Disciplines
Not sold on the YuPIK? Want to learn more about it, or look into other Jackson kayaks for other disciplines, such as tandem-capable models?
Visit No Bad Days Kayak and check out their catalog. They carry some of the top sellers from Jackson, including the Bite Angler, Take Two, Coosa FD, and Staxx.
Take a look at their offerings and get in touch with them at 512-229-0560 if you have any questions at all.