Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
A Geezer sucks it up and says goodbye to a relationship
By Butler Cox

Sometimes you just gotta let go. I’m speaking of my special favorite Rachael, a Jackson Kayak Rogue. We’d been through good times and challenging ones and she was always there for me. I vividly recall the day she entered my life all decked out in a custom color and signed by “Two-Ton” and all the other JK craftsfolk who painstakingly constructed her. I wrote a lot about the Rogue on this blog because she was so darn capable and comfortable. A couple of years ago when I knew a replacement model, the Traverse, was in the Jackson pipeline and was privy to the design envelope, I got a wistful feeling and when I saw the prototype I knew there’d be one in my future

But it was not to be. My 80 y.o. body was now calling the shots and the docs said, “Absolutely no more whitewater or ice boofing contests or you’ll end up paralyzed”. That took some adjusting. So it was on to a new phase. The docs didn’t even want me to paddle at all, but that was definitely NOT an option!

After an interminably long time of coping with a no longer user-friendly spine, I started looking at new kayak options, given the circumstances. What it boiled down to is just about every kind of kayaking except whitewater, slalom, and surfing,(and the ice boofing!) in short:

• Flatwater kayaking,
• Fishing from a kayak
• Camping trips in a kayak
• Floats on Class 1 waters

Pretty darn good choices, even though gone forever were the days of boofing ice and splashing down rivers. So, what kind of kayak would satisfy the situation? Whatever it was had to be super ergonomic to my spine and easy to paddle.

During the doldrums my wife helped me bore into the web (I couldn’t wield a mouse or keyboard) checking out all the choices. I am a member of the Jackson Kayak Exploration Team and there were several JK models that had plenty of appeal, but I searched around anyway. The result? The super comfortable (it even has a reclining seat!), extremely stable, and cartop-manageable JK Cuda LT.


LT stands for light and the Cuda LT is made of a thermoform plastic which is significantly lighter than traditional polyethylene. It has a glossy sheen and looks fragile, but far from it. I’ll leave it to JK Fishing Team folks like Drew Alexander and Brooks Beatty to tell you more about this, for example:

Winter dragged on until finally I decided the Cuda LT it would be and I placed the order.

A few days ago I christened and trialed her and had so much fun I couldn’t stop. Six hours later, back on shore with a warm glow, I knew I’d made a super choice.


From time to time I’ll be posting about the nifty features of the Cuda LT that make it an excellent choice for people who want ultimate stability, ultimate comfort, and good cartopability. In every way it makes for a very tidy and fun ride, but for now, it’s time to go paddle! You can check out the Cuda LT specs here:

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