Anything’s possible aboard Blue Sky Boatworks.
It’s time for a new kind of quiet watercraft. Nimble as a kayak, stable as a catamaran, comfortable and customizable as a bass boat — meet the 360° Angler and its general recreation sibling, the 360° Escape .
About the 360° Angler
For those who want a boat specifically designed for fishing, the 360°Angler sits comfortably between the bass boat and the kayak without compromising space, comfort, accessories, storage, stealth and the ability to get to those skinny/shallow waters the big boats can't. The Angler has gear tracks for rod mounts, comes with rod holders, has hull storage for rods and tackle boxes and much more.
About the 360° Escape
For those who simply wish to enjoy the out of doors, cruise lakes and spend the day on the water, taking photos, casting a line, getting some exercise, touring with other boats the Escape is for you. Designed for comfort, stability and with ample storage for both day or multi day trips, the Escape is an awesome, cost friendly option. The deck has room to pack a day lunch, strap down a cooler and has tracks that allow for the mounting of cameras, smart phones, speakers and more to customize your fun on the water.
Why a Twin Hull Kayak?
With the goal of overcoming the limitations of more traditional kayaks, the Jackson Kayak product development team collaborated with paddlesports veteran Andy Zimmerman and his design team, including multi-hull guru Jim Brown, to develop this revolutionary new concept. Built on a duo hull platform and manufactured by Jackson Kayak at their Tennessee facility, the 360° Angler and 360° Escape is the first of many models designed and built under a new brand — Blue Sky Boatworks.
Blue Sky Boatworks is dedicated to bringing the freedom and joy of quiet, stealthy human-powered craft to the huge market daunted by the challenges of kayaks. Chase your passions — fishing, hunting, birding, photography, camping, fitness — with a new level of confidence, comfort and fun. If you already own a pedal kayak, you are very likely to cross over to Blue Sky Boatworks for the higher level of customization, performance and stability.
Reassuring Stability, Amazing Comfort, Effortless Speed.
With the new 360° Angler and 360° Escape you will immediately appreciate what we mean by stability. Walk right off the dock onto the deck; move about with complete confidence; appreciate the freedom of movement and the wide open area to bring along all your gear, your dog and a cooler . You will then be amazed at the comfort and adjustability of the swivel seat, how quickly you get the craft up to speed and keep it there with very little effort.
Designed For Easy Transport on Trailer, Truck or Car Top.
You won’t expend much effort transporting this innovative craft, either. It’s easy to trailer or slide it into the bed of a pickup. One person can get it to and from your vehicle using the integrated wheels. And if you want to car-top it, you can. The two outriggers, deck and seat dissemble/reassemble in a few minutes, and no part weighs more than 45 pounds, so it’s manageable by one person.
Where Fun Meets Fitness
The 360 series of boats is a great way to stay in shape. The pedal drive is a great condition tool for your cardio, legs, back and core. It takes advantage of your most powerful muscle groups and gives you a complete body work out. Standing on the stable deck and using a SUP paddle gives you a full body work out.
From One of the Most Trusted Names in Outdoor Sports.
From a company that has spent a decade developing the world’s most innovative whitewater and fishing kayaks, Blue Sky Boatworks marks a whole new avenue for us. Jackson Kayak is recognized worldwide for products of superior design, durability and performance in both its kayak brand as well as its cooler brand, Orion Coolers. Our kayaks, however, tend to appeal to those comfortable in smaller craft. We want more people out in nature, chasing their passions. And Blue Sky Boatworks is the new brand of quiet watercraft that will take them there.
ABOUT THE FLEX DRIVE Jackson Kayak has designed a patent-pending prop-driven pedal system which allows for hands-free forward and reverse propulsion for kayaks. Named the Flex Drive, it consists of a daggerboard-protected tri-prop propeller which, combined with unique articulation of the prop system, gives the Flex Drive increased performance over other drives and helps keep the system clear of obstacles and easy to clean. Jackson Kayak’s Flex Drive System can quickly adapt from deep to shallow water navigation without having to move the main pedal drive unit.
The Flex Drive is easily deployed with the flip of a lever, has adjustable pitch prop blades and a 12:1 ratio.
Set it on cruise control with E-Drive — coming soon!Compatible with all FlexDrive-equipped boats, the lithium ion E-Drive electric power plant is in development and expected for delivery by November, 2018. With a target weight of less than 15 pounds, the motor, battery and controller will be one self-contained unit and will deliver this kind of performance (targeted):
- Top Speed: 5 MPH
- Run Time @ Full Throttle: 1 hr
- Run Time @ Half-Throttle: 4 hrs.
- Optional Bluetooth Controller
- Multiple safety devices including auto-shut-off and pilot tether
Never Lose Your Cool with matching Orion Coolers.
Crafted exclusively for Blue Sky Boatworks in colors to match your boat, these 35-quart coolers will ride perfectly behind the seat of your boat and include a BSB branded comfort standing/sitting pad on the lid. Orion Coolers are recognized by outdoor enthusiasts as the most innovative and feature-rich ice chests on the market — a must-have accessory for your boat. Add just $299 to your pledge (a savings of $120 off retail!) to include a cooler with your package.
Join Our Family and Enjoy the Rewards!
If you love the outdoors, we would love for you to partner with us in this dream of Blue Sky Boatworks. Help us get this idea to market with the finish, polish, details and innovations that will make it all it can be. Your support grants you exclusive pricing and the very first Blue Sky Boatworks products off the line.
- Shipping is $199 to your door for Zone 1 (red) and Zone 2 (green)
- Shipping is $399 to your door for Zone 3 (blue)
- Please add the correct shipping to your pledge to prevent delays in your order being fulfilled.
- If you have a local dealer and you would like your boat shipped to them you will be credited $100 for Zone 1 and 2, and 200 for Zone 3 (You still must include shipping in your pledge and we will contact you about where it will be shipped.)
- You may also pickup your boat at the factory, which is located in Sparta, TN, you will be credited your shipping pledge when you pickup your boat.
Risks and challenges
Jackson Kayak has been building boats for more than a decade. Our modern facility in Sparta, Tennessee, where your boat is being built is equipped with experienced people and proven infrastructure. We have manufactured and delivered thousands of kayaks so you can have confidence that we will build and deliver your boat. That said, our deep experience informs us that events could happen that would delay delivery by a few weeks. Additionally, the lithium ion E-Drive electric motor is a new technology and therefore subject to unforeseen challenges in manufacturing. At present we see no events that would impact the expected delivery date. But the nature of developing new technology is always complicated by potential delays. We fully grasp the trust you are investing in us when you back this project. Please know that we are utterly committed to deliver on that trust.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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