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.
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; the same type of material is 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
Soft-chined hull allows edging with confidence and a perfect balance of turning, tracking and stability
16.5 ft. length offers smaller paddlers a better experience than the slightly longer 17 ft. model
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 or 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 16.5 features a cargo capacity of 325 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 16.5 is designed to accept the Harmony BTS Rudder Kit, sold separately
Reflective perimeter deck lines boost visibility and 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 16.5 Airalite kayak with skeg weighs approximately 48 lbs.
Made in USA.
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