The Pursuit is one of NuCanoe’s premier kayaks that’s designed for high speed and optimal stability. This boat combines performance with an abundance of features to create an experience that’s ideal for competitive kayak fishing. It also has the CH Fusion seat that’s extremely comfortable and able to be raised or lowered for added comfort. This kayak combines NuCanoe’s characteristic stability and open deck space with much greater speed that feels right at home on lakes or calm coastal inlets.
- Good speed
- Good stability
- Adjustable, comfortable seat
- Ample storage
- Lacks agility
Size and Weight
The Pursuit’s length is what first stands out when you compare this one to NuCanoe’s other models. It measures 13’6” (411 cm) from bow to stern and features a more narrow 35” (89 cm) body that is built for speed.
The weight is very similar to the NuCanoe Unlimited and the Frontier 12 at just 82 lbs (37 kg). The longer body makes it a bit more difficult to handle for one person, but the Pursuit’s performance on the water makes up for any shortcomings in portability.
You’ll have no problem fitting all of your gear into the NuCanoe Pursuit. It has an overall capacity of 500 lbs (226.7 kg) and offers more than enough space for a variety of gear and equipment. If you do plan to pack this kayak down with a considerable amount of gear, keep in mind that the Pursuit’s long, narrow frame won’t bode well in unstable water.
The Pursuit has many of the important features you usually look for in a tournament fishing kayak. Ample dry storage, plenty of room, and more than enough gear tracks are some of the highlights this kayak offers besides the highly-praised CH Fusion seat.
The seat is easily one of the most attractive features you’ll probably notice before anything else. NuCanoe’s CH Fusion seat is made with a sturdy aluminum frame and decent padding, but what really makes it special is its ability to be positioned just where you want it.
The seat delivers plenty of lower lumbar support and is made with a mesh-like quick-dry material that helps keep your back and seat area as dry as possible. The Pursuit and the Flint are the only two NuCanoe models that allow you to adjust the height of the seat. You’ll also be able to use the 54” main gear tracks to position the seat fore and aft as much as you want.
The bow features a large dry hatch that’s known as the XL Gear Vault. This hatch is a great spot for storing any of your valuables and other gear that you don’t want to risk getting wet.
The bow also features a perfectly-molded section for a crate. You can purchase an additional slide drawer that fits into this space and serves as a great space for storing tackle that you want to have quick access to. On either side of the bow crate space, you’ll find a 14” Freedom gear track that you can use as you see fit.
There are two molded rod tubes on either side of the bow that ensure your rods will be well-protected from any potential damage. There are two corresponding rod butt ledges just behind the seat. This means you can easily store at least 6 rods on your kayak, two on each side and two more in the flush molded rod holders behind the seat.
The open deck is another impressive part of the Pursuit. It’s designed so that water will properly drain out of the scuppers with ease, meaning you can expect a more dry deck than other kayaks might offer. The deck is also pre-fitted with a 6mm decking kit padding that will dampen your footsteps and help you gain better footing.
There’s also a specialized molded space that’s perfect for a crate or cooler behind the seat. On either side of this space are 18” Freedom gear tracks for even more customization.
The stern also features a 6” deck plate and has the characteristic square design just like NuCanoe’s other models. You’ll find a pre-drilled transom hole with the transom mount that makes installing almost any kind of trolling motor very easy.
The NuCanoe Pursuit is mostly designed for flatwater use, but it can be used in rivers that have calm waters. The long and more slender build means you can reach faster speeds and maintain better speed than you can with some of NuCanoe’s more compact models. It feels very smooth and balanced when paddling.
While the added length of the Pursuit lends itself toward more speed, it does diminish the kayak’s turning ability to an extent. This kayak isn’t made to turn on a dime and you’ll likely have to put quite a bit of effort into making sharp turns. It’s also not an overly lightweight kayak and you will certainly feel the weight of the boat as you paddle.
What this kayak lacks in maneuverability, it makes up for in stability. With the open deck, you’ll have no problem standing and even turning to face any direction as you do so. The Pursuit is designed with an even amount of primary and secondary stability that combines to give you a comfortable feel on any lakes or calm rivers.
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