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Bluefin Cruise Review 12’ Paddle Board

In-depth Bluefin Cruise Paddleboard review

Our Rating

Bluefin Cruise Review

The Bluefin Cruise is a fantastic stand up paddle board. This board has been my “daily driver” for the past 2.5 years, I have used it for trips of over 70 miles and I have used it to introduce over many new paddlers from children to older adults.

This board is one of the most versatile inflatable paddle boards on the market today. Its ability to handle calm water, light waves, and choppy water with ease is one of its best features. In this review, I’ll be going over the specifications and features of the board and then going over my personal experiences with it.

Bluefin Cruise Review Video

The Pros and Cons

  • The paddleboard handles all types of water very well and is a great option for versatile paddlers!
  • The bluefin cruise 10'8" and 12' are both great options for beginners looking to get into the sport and intermediate paddlers looking to add to their collection.
  • Large deck pad deck and kick pad that has stood the test of time.
  • Unlike many other paddleboards, the bluefin cruise comes with a kayak conversion kit!
  • For the complete package of accessories that come with the paddleboard, it is a great price!
  • There is no rear bungee cord which does make it difficult when trying to fit lots of gear on for long trips.
  • Fin system at times does not feel secure but, I have never lost a fin!
Bluefin Cruise Paddle board
Taking some awesome pictures soon after getting it!

Is this the right paddle board for you?

The Bluefin Cruise 12′ is appropriate for just about any activity you might want to do on a Stand Up Paddleboard. The paddleboard can handle a maximum weight of 385 pounds, but I think that’s underestimated because I have personally had around 415 lbs on the board and felt extremely comfortable maneuvering and floating safely. ( 2 people and gear )

I took this board in the ocean, through rivers, lakes, and streams, flat water, as well as used it for yoga and fishing.

The Bluefin Cruise inflatable SUP is a tough, affordable SUP that’s ready to help you make the most of your next adventure. I’ve tried many other paddleboards, both cheaper and more expensive than the Bluefin Cruise paddleboard. But the Bluefin Cruise is the best board for beginners because of its quality and affordability.

We would recommend waiting for this board to go on sale during the winter which is typically the best time to buy a paddle board because it is when you can save $200 but if you want it you may want to buy it sooner rather than later so you can have lots of fun!

Fishing off of the bluefin cruise 12' paddleboard
My first time I went out fishing on the board! I was standing up when I caught the fish I promise!

Personal Experiences with the Bluefin Cruise

When I got my bluefin cruise 12′ paddleboard it was pouring down rain outside but I was too excited to not experience it! I unpacked the bluefin cruise and all of the glorious accessories that it came with. I inflated the board to 15 psi(Recommended 18) in only 4 minutes. For comparison, my 10’8′ glove board take a bit longer to inflate so the inflate time of the bluefin cruise was very impressive.

The middle carrying handle makes it easy to grab handles and carry the board long distances but if you have a partner there are carrying handles on the front and the back of the paddleboard. I hopped on the water for 2 hours and had an absolutely amazing time with the SUP.

The croco-diamond grip deck had great grip on bare feet and I would recommend not wearing any flip-flops or other shoes. The carrying bag made the board feel weightless when carrying it, Bluefin did a great job at making a bag that uses anchor points of your body to withstand most of your weight.

Girl on bluefin cruise 12' paddleboard
My beautiful girlfriend paddling in the rain!

Since then my greatest accomplishment with the board was taking it on a through-paddle of a 70-mile river where we camped on the side for 5 days. The river was shallow and there was a ton of rocks and the bluefin did receive lots of scratches but not a single hole. The fiberglass paddle did not get tiring at all and the conversion kit with the kayak seat allowed me to take a break from standing which was needed some days after paddling 12-15 miles.

The bluefin cruise destroyed any obstacle that was thrown at it! The only problem I ran into while on my trip was having to create my own bungee attachments on the back of the paddleboard to carry my other accessories like a sleeping bag, tent, and dry bags. Overall this is an amazing board that works well in all conditions!

touring adventure on bluefin cruise paddleboard
The start of my 70 mile adventure!

The kick pad on the back allows you to lean in a bit and lift up the front to make sharp turns. I had a blast doing pivot turns and other tricks like where you lean back and try to get the front of your board up. I fell in once and had no trouble getting back on the board.

My girlfriend and I tried sitting down and kayaking on this board. It was one of the most relaxing experiences we have ever had. The back support makes it much easier to relax for long periods of time and can make longer excursions more manageable. Having this option at no extra charge is incredible, given that it is rarely included in packages at this price point.

The best beginner paddleboard on the market is available at a great “all-in” price. This package includes everything you need to get started right away, including a 5-year warranty.

I have had the Bluefin Cruise Board for about 2 years now and can say that it has been a wonderful experience. I typically use the board in a lake or river and feel like it is perfect for that. The board is lightweight and easy to carry but also extremely sturdy. Storing the board is very easy and takes up minimal space.

My most recent experience with the board was taking it to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and trying the board out on the ocean. It did relatively well and was a blast to be on it! Had lots of looks from people which is always great. The board did okay in the wind but hardboards are typically suited better for oceans and strong winds.

Check out my playlist if you want to learn more about the through paddle!

Bluefin Paddle Board Review Specs & Features

Measurements

The Bluefin Cruise is the all-rounder of the Bluefin SUP range. The all-around shape makes this inflatable stand-up paddleboard very stable – ideal for beginners, pet and child friendly, and perfect for small surf.
The measurements of the Bluefin Cruise 12′ are:

  • Dimensions: 144″ x 32″ x 6.2″
  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • Recommended inflation: 15-18 psi
  • Rider Weight: 160+ lbs
  • Max Weight: 385 lbs

Performance

The Bluefin Cruise 12′ is a great high performing board for longer recreational paddles on flat water and rivers. It tracks well and has a comfortable, stable ride, making it ideal for longer outings. The board turns great and is very responsive to movements.

It has really good stability for the size of the board that it is and the weight that it can carry. It is also extremely light meaning it is super easy to carry from your car to the water.

Tracking

When the wind picks up, it can be a little hard to face into it. However, I have been surprised at how well this board handles. The pointed nose lets it cut through the wind instead of fighting against it—resulting in less resistance compared with a round-nosed board I paddle on the same day in the same conditions.


The extra length helps, too. It gives the board more glide and increases speed, so you can get from point A to point B without having to paddle as hard. While it takes more energy to get up to speed initially than a shorter board, once you are moving, you cover more ground with each stroke and keep going for longer periods of time.


There’s a trade-off here: While a shorter board is easier to maneuver around obstacles and has better turning capabilities overall, this board cruises along faster and straighter.

Fin System

The Bluefin Cruise has a removable center fin, and two side fins that are non-removable high-quality fins. If the side fins are bent, you can easily bend them back into place which makes it great for storage. The 3 fins make the board great for tracking but I hope in the future the side fins are more customizable for different spots like surfing and whitewater paddleboarding. Havign a center removable fin is extremely convenient and is not offered in some cheaper model paddle boards like the Body Glove Performer 11 paddle board.

Storage

If you plan on staying overnight on the water, you’ll find that there is plenty of space to bring water and food with you. The storage space on the Bluefin 12′ is more than adequate for this job. The kayak conversion seat has 4 D-rings that can also be used to add more storage with extreme bungee cords of needs. When I took my 5 Night paddleboard trip I was able to carry plenty of gear with me.

Quality & Materials

Designed with a drop stitch pattern, 11200 stitches of 500 denier space yarn, and 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate PVC, this board is made to last. The 28 PSI inflation rating means it’s incredibly strong and proves it is made out of high-quality materials. What is more impressive is that I have scraped the bottom of the board to where you can’t see the logo, left it in the sun for days, and honestly abused it and still, I have not needed to patch a single leak!

Packaging

The Bluefin cruise comes with great packaging and carrying system that is comfortable on long hikes and easy to carry. The straps for the hips are comfortable and take a lot of weight off your back.

The bag has some handy outside pockets, but the zippers are webbing reinforced. You can easily fit all of your accessories in the bag, but you can’t overpack it. You will want to make sure you store your board properly and you will want to know the best procedures on how to store an inflatable paddle board.

Maneuverability

The Bluefin Cruise 12′ does really well with tracking and maneuvering. With the kick pad on the back you can easily pivot yourself by giving a few strokes to your side and in no time will have your board pointed in the right direction!

Bluefin Cruise Accessories

The Bluefin Cruise 12′ comes with many items designed to enhance your paddleboarding experience. They include a fiberglass paddle, a dual-action pump, a coiled leash, a backpack, a kayak seat, a repair kit, and an 8″ center fin.

Bluefin Cruise paddle

Fiberglass Paddle

The Bluefin 12’ Cruise comes with a four-piece fiberglass shaft and polyurethane blade. The paddle also includes a second blade that provides a kayak-like experience when paired with Bluefin’s kayak kit. No matter what you use it for, though—whether it’s standard paddling or kayaking—you’ll enjoy using this paddle at an intermediate or beginner level.

bluefin cruise pump top view
bluefin cruise pump side view

Dual-action Pump

On average, the Cruise takes about 5-10 minutes to inflate using the pump that is included in the package. This gets it to about 15 PSI, which is the recommended minimum inflation level. If you want a quicker, and a lot easier inflation, I recommend buying an electric air pump.
Bluefin cruise coil leash

Coiled Leash

Included with the package of the Bluefin Cruise paddleboard is a coiled leash which you attached to the rear D-ring of the SUP. You can wear the leash over your ankle or calf. The leash helps to retrieve the board if you do end up falling off of it. The leash will keep you and your paddleboard connected so you don’t drift too far apart from each other. It’s an important safety feature to have in case of emergency or if you are just starting out and are still getting used to paddling on the water.
Bluefin Cruise bag

Backpack

The 12′ Cruise Paddleboard Backpack is designed to protect your paddleboard and other gear from the elements. This backpack has a huge external zippered pocket, lateral compression straps, a mesh side pocket, padded back, shoulder strap and waist belt, internal straps to hold your board in place and haul handles at the top and side of the backpack. The system overall is extremely comfortable and easy to wear when going on long hikes to the water.

Bluefin Kayak Conversion Seat

Kayak Seat

The kayak seat is one of the best accessories that comes with the board. It is attached to the four D-rings located in the center and a quarter way towards the back, and it is adjustable depending on how stiff you want it. The seat also allows you to go over long distances without getting tired.
Bluefin paddleboard repair kit

Repair Kit

A Repair kit is included in the package. It includes: PVC patches, grip deck patch, and valve tightener. If you are in the USA and order the board, you will not receive the adhesive. You can easily find it on Amazon! The valve tightener helps when you hear a slight leak of air near the valve. You just need to put it on and twist, and it will be fixed!
bluefin cruise 8
Bluefin Cruise Fin System

8" Center Fin

As mentioned earlier the board comes with a removable 8 ” inch center fin that can be removed and attached at any time. This makes it great for paddling different waters. If you are going on a river paddle that is shallow I would suggest removing the fin and if you are going on the lake I would suggest keeping the fin on for better tracking. This is something to consider when looking at inflatable SUPs in general because not all of them have removable fins.

Optional Accesorries

electric sup air pump

Electric Pump

Bluefin Crosstour Action Camera

Other Online Review

Amazon 5/5 “Everything you need to get started paddle boarding is included. I can inflate it in 10 minutes (I just inflate to 12 psi and that’s plenty to support me on the water), pack up in 5. Awesome, roomy backpack included that everything fits into easily and you can even throw gloves and a life jacket in. Handles great on the water, very solid.

I love that it converts to a kayak as well and you can carry everything on the SUP to convert back and forth between SUP and Kayak. I’ve been riding mine for 1 month and the only issue is that on 3 occasions when I disconnected the pump, it opened the valve and let most of the air out. I was able to reinflate and then it disconnected fine.

If you are used to solid SUP, be aware that inflatables are a little trickier to balance on, but once you get used to it, it’s actually a lot more fun to ride than a solid board. Just be ready to fall in a few times as you get the hang of it.”

Divein 4.7/5 “Reasons to buy: Lots of room to grow as a paddle boarder (go from novice to skilled),It comes with a kayak seat, Robust build, resistant both to sun and punctures, The board has a 5-year warranty from the manufacturer, Suitable for complete newbies and intermediately-advanced paddlers. Reason to not buy: The board is quite heavy, The plastic paddle handle isn’t too comfortable”

Trailandkale 9.4/10 “We have so much fun with our inflatable paddle board, it was definitely a great addition to our adventure gear collection for playing on our local lakes and rivers, as well as being so easy to transport when we travel around either in our car, or in the garage area of our converted sprinter campervan.
I’ve been really impressed with the ease of use and quality that this SUP has to offer.”

Standupandpaddleboard 4.6/5 “the Bluefin range certainly stacks up well relative to its competitors particularly within the mid to higher tier inflatables. As an all-inclusive product with relatively good accessories, I give it a 4.6 out of 5.
As always we would welcome your feedback so please feel free to leave your comments below and we will get back to you.”

Bluefin Cruise 12' board
The Board is pretty tall when you see it next to a person! I have a few other boards aswell!

Questions Commonly asked of the Bluefin Cruise 12’

The bluefin cruise 12′ does great in the ocean! I took it out on a windy day and it was still able to track and turn well without getting pushes around too much. The big thing is that ocean waters tend to be choppier than lakes, so if you are just starting out, make sure you can handle the waves.
You can lean back in the seat. The straps are hooked onto D-rings in two places, so you can adjust the seat to suit your body and make yourself comfortable.
Bluefin typically has replacement fins on their website but sometimes during the busy season, they can be out of stock.
I don’t personally have a dog but I do have a girlfriend and she did absolutely fine on the board with me lol!
Yes, the fiber glass paddle do float so you will not lose the in the depths of the water.
The 10’8″ paddle board ways 28 lbs vs. 32.8 lbs. for the bluefin cruise 12′. For both, add 9 lbs. for backpack, paddle, leash, repair kit, kayak seat and extra kayak paddle. Capacity: The 12′ can take 2 people, with the front person seated, plus heavier stuff under the netting. With the 10’8″ is harder to do that, unless both are smaller people. Tracking: as with all SUPs, the longer, the better it stays straight while paddling, so you can do more strokers before swithcing sides. Turning: the 12′ takes longer to turn than the 10’8″… which matters a lot if you ever want to try surfing with it.

Bluefin Paddle Board Comparisons

Bluefin Cruise 10'8"

All-Around SUP
$599
$ 449 Monthly
  • 10'8" x 32" x 6"
  • 33 pounds

Bluefin Cruise Junior

Kids All-Around SUP
$599
$ 499
00
Monthly
  • 8' x 29" x 5"
  • 22 pounds

Bluefin Cruise 12'

All-Around SUP
$599
$ 499
00
Monthly
  • 12' x 32" x 6"
  • 34 pounds

Bluefin Cruise 15'

Tandem All-Around SUP
$849
$ 749 Monthly
  • 15' x 36" x 6"
  • 42 pounds

Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10'8"

Advanced All-Around SUP
$899
$ 699 Monthly
  • 10'8" x 32" x 6"
  • 35 pounds

Bluefin Cruise Carbon 12'

Advanced All-Around SUP
$999
$ 749 Monthly
  • 12' x 32" x 6"
  • 38 pounds

Bluefin Cruise Carbon 15'

Advanced Tandem SUP
$ 1199 Monthly
  • 15' x 36" x 6"
  • 44 pounds

Bluefin Aura Fit

Yoga / Fitness SUP
$599
$ 449 Monthly
  • 10'8" x 36" x 6"
  • 26 pounds

Bluefin Voyage

Activity SUP
$599
$ 499
00
Monthly
  • 10'10" x 39" x 6"
  • 42 pounds

Bluefin Mammoth

Group Activity
$849
$ 749 Monthly
  • 18' x 60" x 8"
  • 60 pounds

Bluefin Sprint

Touring SUP
$699
$ 599 Monthly
  • 14' x 30" x 6"
  • 29 pounds

Bluefin Sprint Carbon

Advanced Touring SUP
$ 899 Monthly
  • 14' x 30" x 6"
  • 40 pounds

Our Conclusion

The Bluefin Cruie 12 is a multi-purpose inflatable boat that can be used by almost anyone who wants to take on a fishing trip, go boating, or go out in the water. The boat is made of high-quality material and can last for a few years if it’s properly taken care of.

Inflatable boats are great for people who don’t have a lot of room to store things or just want something that they can put into their car and take with them wherever they go. The Bluefin Cruie 12’ inflatable boat has been designed for exactly this purpose. It comes with everything you need to get started, including all of the accessories, so you don’t have to worry about anything missing when you get there.

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Our Summary
The Bluefin Cruie 12 is a multi-purpose inflatable boat that can be used by almost anyone who wants to take on a fishing trip, go boating, or go out in the water. The boat is made of high-quality material and can last for a few years if it’s properly taken care of.
I am a Paddle Board enthusiast that fell in love with paddleboards when I rented one in the Dominican Republic! Since then my biggest accomplishment was a 6 day through paddle of a 70 mile river!

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    I am a Paddle Board enthusiast that fell in love with paddleboards when I rented one in the Dominican Republic! Since then my biggest accomplishment was a 6 day through paddle of a 70 mile river!