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Perception Essence 17.0 Kayak with Skeg

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Designed with predictable, friendly performance, the Perception Essence 17.0 kayak with skeg is your ticket to extended paddling trips.

  • Rigid polyethylene hull withstands years of use without the need for maintenance
  • Touring-style hull offers excellent versatility; great for those seeking a boat for everything from open water to local lakes
  • Soft-chined hull allows edging with confidence and a perfect 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 increase safety by boosting 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

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Perception Essence 17.0 Kayak with Skeg Specs
Best use
Sea kayaking
17 feet
23 inches
16.5 inches
65 pounds
35 x 19.5 inches
Padded / foam
350 pounds
Hull construction
Cockpit size
Seat type
Number of paddlers
Hatch capacity
Weight capacity (lbs)
Tracking system

Perception Essence 17.0 Kayak with Skeg

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