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NuCanoe Frontier 12

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Stability8
Speed5
Tracking6
Comfort8
Features7
Portability6

The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is a spacious 12’ kayak that is capable of holding up to 650 lbs. It is the perfect blend of both canoe and kayak performance and capability. The Frontier 12 is ideal for fishing or hunting and offers smooth performance on rivers, lakes, or the ocean. The open deck is great for standing and fly fishing. The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is a unique boat that can be used as a standard solo, or tandem kayak.

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The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is a spacious 12’ kayak that is capable of holding up to 650 lbs. It is the perfect blend of both canoe and kayak performance and capability. The Frontier 12 is ideal for fishing or hunting and offers smooth performance on rivers, lakes, or the ocean. The open deck is great for standing and fly fishing. The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is a unique boat that can be used as a standard solo, or tandem kayak.
Stability
8
Speed
5
Tracking
6
Comfort
8
Features
7
Portability
6
PROS
  • Comfortable seat
  • Solo or tandem
  • Long gear tracks
  • Spacious deck
  • Customizable
CONS
  • Lacks speed

Size and Weight

The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is a 12’ (365.7 cm) kayak that offers plenty of room for one or even two users. The extra-wide 41” (104 cm) design makes this an ideal choice if you like to have plenty of leg-room. The wide body also gives this kayak great stability, even in choppy waters.

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The hull weight of the Frontier 12 is 80 lbs (36.2 kg), which is still relatively lightweight for a boat of this size. It can easily fit into the back of a pickup truck, or can even be car-topped.

Capacity

What makes the NuCanoe Frontier 12 so appealing is the kayak’s ability to serve as a solo or tandem boat. It has a total capacity of 650 lbs (294 kg), which makes it more than capable of fitting two large-sized adults with ease.

There are very few other kayaks on the market that are similar in size and offer the ability for tandem use. The extra capacity is also a plus if you plan to use your kayak for hunting or camping that will require you to haul more weight than usual.

Features

The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is not one of the most visually appealing kayaks on the market. However, it does offer a wide range of features and capabilities that are useful for fishing on lakes, rivers, and at sea.

The most appealing feature of this boat is the 360 Fusion seat. It’s made of quick-drying mesh material and fabric that offers consistent tension and is not likely to sag over time. The Fusion seat’s frame is made of highly durable aluminum and the base is sturdy as well.

The seat can also be positioned anywhere in the cockpit area thanks to the 70” Freedom Tracks. These long gear tracks also make it possible for you to add another seat and use the Frontier 12 like a tandem boat.

One of the best things about the 360 Fusion seat is that you can rotate it to face any direction you choose. One of the only drawbacks about the seat is that it can’t be adjusted to sit higher or lower.

The bow is fitted with a FlexGrip handle that makes it easy to lift and carry the kayak out of the water. The bow also features two rod holders to keep your fishing rods firmly in place. There is a Gear Vault hatch that is a great dry storage compartment which also comes with a hatch sack.

The bow features two Freedom gear tracks that are ideal for camera equipment. You can also use the entire length of the 70” Freedom Tracks to mount anything you want to the kayak.

The Frontier 12’s deck is highly stable and will allow you to stand up while fishing or paddling. You’ll also have no problem with the overall stability of the kayak when you set the hook on a fish, or if you need to move around while you’re on the water.

The wide open deck is perfect for fly fishing since you won’t have to deal with any middle console or other obstructions. The spacious deck makes it possible for two people to use the Frontier 12 without feeling overly cramped.

Like other NuCanoe models, you can add the PIVOT pedal drive system to create more of a hands-free kayak experience. The squared-stern allows you to install a wide range of trolling motors and other devices to the kayak.

Other features include two molded cup holders on either side of the cockpit, anchor hardware, two gear tracks on the stern, and a paddle holder on the right gunwale.

Performance

We’ve already noted the Frontier 12’s outstanding stability, but it also has some other factors that make it handle exceptionally well compared to other boats that are similar in size or price. It has a short waterline, which means it has great handling and maneuverability.

The wide build does slow the kayak down quite a bit and you will find it hard to pick up speed with the first few paddle strokes. If you choose to pair the Frontier 12 with the PIVOT pedal system or a good trolling motor, you can expect to have a great overall kayaking experience.

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Additional information

Specification: NuCanoe Frontier 12

Specs
Length (in) 144
Width (in) 41
Height (in) 12
Weight (lb) 77
Load Capacity (lb)
Cockpit type
Material High-density polyethylene
Propulsion
Self-bailing Yes
Technology rotomolded
Features
Seat 360 Fusion Seat
Front storage hatch 1
Dry storage 1
Bottle holders 2
Footrests molded
Gear mounts 2 70" Freedom gear tracks 2 bow + 2 stern Freedom gear tracks square transom
Other features 4 handles, 6 mm decking kit
Paddle holders 2
Rod holders 2
Specification
Crew 1+1
User Level Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Intended Use Fishing
Water type Big lakes, bays, Slow rivers (Class I-II), Small lakes
Warranty 3-year warranty on boats for individual use 1-year warranty on boats for commercial use

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