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Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skeg

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Get set up for that long-distance trip you've been dreaming about in the Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite kayak with skeg, and enjoy the smooth, easy-to-paddle design.

  • Airalite is a thermoformed material ABS and acrylic material, stiff and light like traditional composites and with similar looks, but with a price closer to polyethylene
  • It consists of high-impact acrylic layered over durable ABS plastic; it's the same type of material used in whirlpools, spas and some marine parts
  • Airalite also features adhesives that enhance the flexibility of the material and boost its resistance to UV light
  • Touring-style hull offers excellent versatility, which is great for those seeking a boat for everything from open water to local lakes
  • Geared towards larger paddlers, the 17 ft. length offers an increase in capacity and speed over the smaller 16.5 ft. model
  • Soft-chined hull allows edging with confidence and a balance of turning, tracking and stability
  • The cockpit of the Perception Essence 17.0 is designed to accommodate larger paddlers
  • Defined coaming readily accepts a spray skirt
  • Preventing lower-back pain and posterior numbness, the cushy expedition seat offers comfort for hours on the water
  • Adjust the back strap of the seat using 1 large webbing strap with ladderlock; adjust height using 3 smaller webbing straps
  • Padded foam thighbraces may be repositioned to personalize cockpit for performance on comfort; leg lifter straps shore up space on side of seat to enhance support
  • Slidelock footbraces are easy to adjust from inside the boat; simply raise the black plastic rod to unlock and slide footbrace into desired position
  • Fully bulkheaded bow, stern and day hatches provide generous dry cargo storage for extended voyages; the Essence 17.0 features a cargo capacity of 350 lbs.
  • 8 in. day hatch is located just behind cockpit and is designed to provide easy-to-reach access to items you'll need while on the water
  • Cockpit-deployable skeg enhances tracking in rough water and windy conditions; sliding skeg controls are located on left side of cockpit
  • Should you venture into rough waters, the rudder-ready Essence 17.0 is designed to accept the Harmony BTS Rudder Kit, sold separately
  • Reflective perimeter deck lines boost visibility and they provide a firm handhold to get back into kayak after a wet exit
  • Deck rigging on bow and stern lets you stash items you'll want readily available such as a bilge pump, extra paddle and map with weatherproof case, not included
  • Soft-to-the-touch carry handles at bow and stern make trips from the water easy; unlike hard, plastic handles, the soft-touch handles are easy on cold, paddle-weary hands
  • The Essence 17.0 Airalite kayak with skeg weighs approximately 50 lbs.

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Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skeg Specs
Specification
Description
Best use
Sea kayaking
Airalite Acrylic/ABS
Plastic
17 feet
23 inches
16.5 inches
50 pounds
35 x 19.5 inches
Padded / foam
1
Unavailable
350 pounds
Skeg
No
Material(s)
Hull construction
Length
Width
Depth
Weight
Cockpit size
Seat type
Number of paddlers
Hatch capacity
Weight capacity (lbs)
Tracking system
Foldable

Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skeg

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Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skegis rated5.0out of5by1.
Rated5out of5byfromExcellent Value!Nice boat. Skeg is very helpful in windy conditions. Perfect size boat for me. 6'2" 230lbs. High volume enough that I can edge it for turning without water dumping into the cockpit so I don't have to wear a spray skirt all the time. Cockpit is 34" long and tight to get legs into but once in the fit is great. Only downside is I bought it about a week before it went on sale!
Date published: 2013-05-24

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