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Perception Essence 16.5 Kayak with Skeg

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The Essence 16.5 kayak from Perception is built to perform on the ocean with a design that provides a blend of speed and stability.

  • Touring style hull offers excellent versatility; great for those seeking a boat for everything from open water to local lakes
  • Cockpit is snug and precise fitting, providing positive fit for aggressive edging and rolls without being uncomfortable for casual touring
  • Rigid polyethylene hull withstands years of use without the need for maintenance
  • Liquicell seat technology focuses on the elimination of low-back pain caused by sitting in one position over long periods
  • Adjustable footbraces and padded foam thighbraces customize cockpit for maximum performance and comfort
  • Fully bulkheaded bow, stern and day hatches provide generous dry cargo storage for extended voyages
  • Cockpit-deployable skeg enhances tracking in rougher water and windy conditions
  • Perimeter deck lines for increased safety and easy re-entry into kayak
  • Deck rigging on bow and stern lets you stash items you want to have readily available
  • Ergonomic carry handles at bow and stern make trips to and from the water a cinch

Made in USA.

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Perception Essence 16.5 Kayak with Skeg Specs
Best use
Sea kayaking
16 ft. 5 in.
22 inches
15.5 inches
55 pounds
35.4 x 19.4 inches
Padded / foam
Bow: 3,462 / stern: 3,620 / day hatch: 1,729 cubic inches
325 pounds
Hull construction
Cockpit size
Seat type
Number of paddlers
Hatch capacity
Weight capacity (lbs)
Tracking system

Perception Essence 16.5 Kayak with Skeg

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