Product Description: The Frontier is the ultimate hybrid kayak, designed from the hull up for serious anglers and hunters. Whether you are fly fishing in salt water, bass fishing in a river, or hunting in the marshes, the Frontier 12 will maximize your experience. The NuCanoe Frontier 12 is the most stable kayak, so don’t just stand. Walk & fish with confidence on the 20″ wide Cast & Blast Deck. Face the action and easily access your gear with 360 degree mobility. The Frontier 12’s versatile and customizable design puts you in control. Go solo in style or tandem with room to spare. Position seats where you want, and outfit the Frontier 12 just how you like with the 172″ of Freedom Track. Surprisingly easy to paddle and completely comfortable, the Frontier 12 knows no limits.


• 360º Custom Height Pinnacle Seat
• 20″ Wide Cast and Blast Deck
• 172″ of Freedom Track
• Many Motor Options


Length – 12ft
Width – 41in
Weight – 77lbs
Capacity – 650lbs
Material – Polyethylene

On-Water Thoughts:

At first glance, the NuCanoe Frontier with its high bow and wide frame does not evoke paddling performance but don’t be fooled by this “heavy lifter – do it all kayak”. After spending a few hours paddling the Frontier 12 in the bay, I was genuinely surprised on how well it tracked and paddled across the water. Consider the fact the the kayak is 41 inches wide but at no moment did I feel the vessel needed a skeg or a rudder to keep its course. It tracked well with the winds hitting from all directions and I never found myself fighting the boat to keep it tracking straight. 

At 77 lbs, it is a light kayak by today standards and its versatility helps it climb up the charts on popularity as it can be outfitted as a single, tandem and its even motor compatible with the molded in transom. Versatility and more importantly stability defines this kayak. Moving around the cockpit and going from standing to sitting and vice versa is a breeze and felt as if I was standing on solid ground.

The modular 360 seat, can be rigged in a static, permanent position or on a swivel with 360 degree mobility around the kayak. This features allows premium access to tackle and equipment behind the seat or to the motor if one opts to add one.

In my opinion, this is one of the best kayaks available in the market because of its true open deck design and how it can be rigged to perform in most fishing applications. If you are the type of angler that bounces from lakes to rivers, to inshore, as well as fly fishing and more, the NuCanoe Frontier 12 should be on top of you list and it can do it all.


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  1. Great review and as a Frontier 12 owner I can definitely speak volumes for it’s open deck versatility, high weight capacity, and extreme stability. With NuCanoe’s unique transom design you can utilize a trolling motor, outboard motor to 2.5HP, or a shallow water Power Pole Micro anchor. NuCanoe also has an optional pedal drive system for all models if you are looking for that feature in a kayak. So awesome to see that ACK is now a dealer for NuCanoe!